The Edge Reviews the Classics: Y: The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan

This article was originally published to The Edge on 12th February 2016

There’s a lot of dystopian fiction in the world. Some of it focuses on the youth replacing, or being used by, the old. Then there are the post-apocalyptic scenarios where everything resets, especially societal norms. There’s even unease and heady dystopian elements in the modern world. Everywhere you look, especially on the internet, there are political, racial, and gender-based conflicts and inequalities. Continue reading

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Review: Foxes – All I Need

This article was originally published to The Edge on 10th February 2016

The conversations that surround debut albums are about artists standing out from the crowd. We ask what it is about them that is weird, accessible, or interesting. We hope the interesting find success without becoming so popular as to lose what made them stand out. So, when the conversations turn to sophomore albums, we turn and ask “what’s new?” Because if someone doesn’t sound significantly, never mind subtly, different to their previous work (and more importantly to everyone else), is there even any point? Here’s the rub. For evaluative purposes these conversations are useful. Are they the most interesting? Not really. Continue reading

One To Watch: Victoria

This article was originally published to The Edge on 27th January 2016

Everybody loves a good one shot wonder feel to our films. In Kingsman‘s brutal church sequence, we follow a dashing Brit spy as he kills at least 50 mad and violent bigots, the camera never flinching or cutting away. In the upcoming film Creed the camera of the first fight, follows the lead from entering the ring until the victor is crowned, again with no cuts. And 2015’s Oscar winner Birdman was famous for the digital stitching together of several single take scenes to form one film over a few days. The technical brilliance of all these films is obviously to be crowned. But German director Sebastian Schipper is about to outdo them all when Victoria arrives on UK shores. Continue reading

Review: Spotlight

This article was originally published to The Edge on 25th January 2016

Spotlight stands out amongst other true stories vying for awards attention this season, as whilst the audience can know how big the story turned out to be, writer-director Tom McCarthy makes it seem as if the characters already know the basics, right from the start. This isn’t the story of how an unassuming group of reporters uncovered a harrowing truth: that certain members of the Bostonian Catholic clergy were abusing young children is established in the very first scene, a cold open set in the mid-70s. That the Church covered it up is understood, as well as the power they wield in the city. The Spotlight reporters know it. Boston knows it. The new Editor, Marty Baron (Liev Schreiber) from Florida knows it. What unfolds is no mystery. It’s an investigative drama, and an excellent one too. Continue reading

Review: The Flash (Series 1, Episode 15)

This article was originally published to The Edge on 24th March 2015

Warning: Spoilers. If you haven’t seen this episode… you have been warned.

It’s entirely possible that someone somewhere is discussing “Out of Time” in exactly the same way we as a culture, discussed “Ozymandias”. Arguably the best episode of Breaking Bad ever, containing so much development that it was simply scary. All the tension and build-up of not just that season, but possibly every season of the show finally climaxed. While The Flash can hardly ever be compared to Vince Gilligan’s masterpiece, this episode makes the comparison not only justifiable, but positively obligatory. Continue reading

Review: Creed

This article was originally published to The Edge on 18th January 2016

The relationships between fathers and sons may be one of the most commonly used tropes for drama in films. It’s always a question of what one generation leaves for the next, be it trauma (of a kind) or too long a shadow. Legacy is in modern filmmaking as well: the continuation, via restart, of dormant franchises.Jurassic World, Terminator: Genisys, Mad Max: Fury Road, and of course Star Wars: The Force Awakens, are all examples of this phenomenon in only the last year. Creed is of the same trend, and follows the theme of legacy intently. By some alchemy of the old and the new, it’s not just the best Rocky film since the original, it’s the equal of Fury Road in the franchise restart leagues. Continue reading

Review: Hinds – Leave Me Alone

This article was originally published to The Edge on 12th January 2015

It’s practically impossible to dislike a single thing about Hinds’ debut album Leave Me Alone. The whirlwind pace of the band’s rise from their first released songs in 2014 under the name Deers, to this, hasn’t changed how fresh they sound. The opening track ‘Garden’ makes the perfect first impression: hard-strummed chords ramping into a more secure rhythm for the first 30 seconds, before minimal drums and the raspy, accented, and ever so slightly off key vocals of Carlotta Cosials and Ana García Perrote, arrive. The central sliding guitar riff is summery, but more importantly it’s utterly youthful, full of the singular exuberance of playing around in a band with your mates. This feeling never leaves the album. If you were to take anything away from it, it should be that. Continue reading

Review: Sisters

This article was originally published to The National Student on 11th December 2015

This year, seeing the lead character of Trainwreck and now of Sisters be women in their 30s and 40s who refuse to quite let go of their 20s party-lifestyles, we may be due a moratorium on the word ‘manchild’. A more gender neutral term is needed: like ‘The Un-grown’.

Sisters follows Kate (Tina Fey) and Maura (Amy Poehler), titular siblings of the picture. Kate is a single 40-something mother who’s recently been let go from her job and can’t find a permanent home. Younger sister Maura is divorced and still single after two years, worrying too much about other people in her nice, organised way to sort her own life out. Continue reading

Review: The Night Before

This article was originally published to The Edge on 8th December 2015

Christmas is a time of year to spend with people that you love. Or so the movies keep telling us. In that respect The Night Before is no different, and frankly the rest of it could feel dangerously similar to other stoner-cum-friendship comedies of the past ten years. But the synthesis of a little Christmas spirit, a charismatic cast on top  form, and direction that easily juggles the separate stories and tones, help it more than pass the bar. Continue reading

Review: Jessica Jones (Season 1, Episode 13)

This article was originally published to The Edge on 1st December 2015

**SPOILER WARNING FOR THE ENTIRETY OF JESSICA JONES SEASON 1**

There can be no doubt after the finale. Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) is a feisty, dry-witted, extremely guarded character with superpowers, recovering from intense trauma through self-destruction – alcohol and guilt do great things. She is a great character, played to perfection by Ritter. She is flawed. Yet the show is anything but. Continue reading