Winning was Easy, Young Man, Governing’s Harder

There were three overriding feelings coursing through my body at 22:00 last night. Firstly, the sadness that Labour was suffering its fourth election defeat and en route to being out of government for at least fourteen years. Secondly, the cold recognition that all of my public and private predictions of how the result would go…

Streaming Wars are Creator Wars

Phoebe Waller-Bridge has had a good week. Not only did she win a bunch of Emmy Awards for Fleabag, her universally acclaimed sitcom/drama, but she is the latest in a long line of creators to sign a humongously expensive first-look deal with a streaming service – $20m per year to exclusively develop content for Amazon…

Spider-Man, Spider-Man, Does Whatever Disney Can’t

WOAH WHAT THE FUCK The above is vaguely reminiscent of my initial response to last night’s news that Sony and Disney’s deal to creatively share Spider-Man, enabling him to feature in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (operated by Disney/Marvel Studios) while still being owned by Sony, is dead. It was a landmark deal back in 2015:…

And Now My Watch Has Ended

So I’ve finally started watching GAME OF THRONES And I can’t stop watching I love it Asdfghjwerfghb Read the books. Hell no, they’re like 1000 pages each. -May 18th, 2013 Most of those words were written by a young boy, an unequivocal sweet summer child, who, little did he know, had just discovered a story…

VICES of Power

Spoilers for Vice. Vice is both brilliant and frustrating. As a big, big, big fan of The Big Short and Anchorman, I was ridiculously excited for Adam McKay’s next political docu-drama, Vice, focusing on George W. Bush’s Vice President Dick Cheney. The Big Short proved that McKay’s move from comedy to political filmmaking (or rather,…

Has The Economist Written the Future of Liberalism?

For some, an anniversary marks the time for wonderful nostalgia. Reliving the greatest hits can be invigorating, but for liberalism, it would be blind. Not to say that liberalism hasn’t produced plenty of great hits (they are impossible to count), rather those hits are no longer enough to sustain the momentum. As anyone who has…

Musings on Corbyn’s Media Mend

Jeremy Corbyn has consistently proven himself adept at diverting the national topic of conversation to minor matters. Forget anti-semitism, forget Brexit – let’s dissect the media instead. Not that the media isn’t worth talking about. I just think there are more pressing issues of concern right now, such as the imminent destruction of the country.