8 Times ‘America’s Next Top Model’ Aired Worrying American Attitudes

Originally posted on The Indiependent Having aired for a whopping 24 seasons  since 2003 with no sign of stopping, the America’s Next Top Model franchise is a force to be reckoned with, being shown in 170 countries worldwide. It taught us how to smize, tooch, spot dreckitude, and supply us for life with Miss J … Continue reading 8 Times ‘America’s Next Top Model’ Aired Worrying American Attitudes

Harry Potter and the Politics of Anxiety: how J.K. Rowling imagined a world that wasn’t so mythical

Twenty years ago, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was published. Aimed at young children and taking place in a magical universe where children fought evil sorcerers, ate jumping chocolate frogs and tackled three-headed dogs, the book reflected happy escapism with no real hidden message in its 223 pages. But over the years these millennial … Continue reading Harry Potter and the Politics of Anxiety: how J.K. Rowling imagined a world that wasn’t so mythical

Sussing out the soundtrack: Mathieu Kassovitz’s ‘La Haine’

La Haine is unlikely to be known for its soundtrack. It embodies more the violence and anger felt between the police and suburban youth of Paris, with no cinematic additions of a swooping orchestral accompaniment to compromise the integrity of the realism depicted. Despite this, music is not utterly absent. Though entering only sporadically, when … Continue reading Sussing out the soundtrack: Mathieu Kassovitz’s ‘La Haine’

TV Review: The Handmaid’s Tale – a dystopian nightmare brought to reality

Margaret Atwood has consistently refused to call her 1985 novel The Handmaid’s Tale a science fiction novel, insisting instead that it is speculative. “Science fiction has monsters and spaceships” she said, in an interview. “Speculative fiction could really happen.” Famously, she argued that the material she drew on for her dystopian nightmare were things that were … Continue reading TV Review: The Handmaid’s Tale – a dystopian nightmare brought to reality