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Is Film Criticism still relevant? Film, Criticism, Reviews, Journalism, Critics, Kettle Mag, Scott Wilson
In a world where aggregate websites like Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic are quoted on every film’s Wikipedia article and star-ratings are all over newspapers and Netflix, what exactly is the point of an in-depth review? A quick scroll through La La Land’s Wikipedia page tells a story of glowing praise. It currently has 93% on...
Review: Ghostbusters
It is hard to think of a film that was so divisive before anyone had even seen it as 2016’s Ghostbusters. Once uploaded to Youtube, the trailer became the most disliked in the site’s history. Depending on who you ask, the reasons behind this vary from diehard fans reacting negatively to the idea of a...
Review: The Neon Demon
Los Angeles, photoshoots, and necrophilia – The Neon Demon has it all. Nicolas Winding Refn has some gems in his career already, with Bronson (2008) and Drive (2011) in particular from the last decade standing out, and now this psychological horror stands beside the greats in his filmography thanks to some seductive production choices. The plot, on the...
Review: Green Room
“Things have gone south,” says a calm and clinical Patrick Stewart. He is speaking to a young punk band on the opposite side of the door, trapped by uncertainty, though they are pretty certain Stewart’s Darcy and his friends are waiting for a chance to kill them. The show Green Room sees The Ain’t Rights...
Review: Anna von Hausswolff at The Garage, Glasgow
Later in the night, Refused’s Dennis Lyxzén will say “music is about pushing boundaries.” The headlining punk band knows a thing or two about that, seeing as their album The Shape of Punk to Come is one of the most influential in the rock scene. Refused continue to do things their own way by taking...
Secret paedophile groups on Facebook paedophilia, bbc, facebook, social media, kettle mag, scott wilson
It is hard to remember a time without the ability to form groups on Facebook. Since their inception they have been used as online newsrooms, planning committees, academic study spaces, fandom hangouts, and countless other things. A worrying investigation by the BBC has recently revealed that a number of secret groups on the social networking...
A perfectly decent proposal scott wilson, marriage, wedding, proposal, gender equality, 2016, leap year, kettle mag, sex, relationships
Some people have their proposal planned out far in advance. Some know how it will go before even meeting the person they will ask to marry them. Proposals range from the standard down-on-one-knee type, to carefully arranged fireworks in the night sky while ‘Everything Has Changed’ is performed by a flashmob. It can be an...
Performance isn’t just for the posh
For the most part, working class kids have one major experience with the live theatre method of artistry – pantomime. Every Christmas, primary school classes are rounded on to buses and taken to the nearest theatre to see Jack and the Beanstalk performed by people you may have seen on telly on some repeated TV...
Review: He Named Me Malala
Getting shot in the head is enough to make most people reconsider their chosen path in life. After going through major surgery with a substantial rehabilitation period, Malala Yousafzai dusted herself off and got back in front of cameras, got back to reading books, and got back to spreading the word that girls have a...
Review: Spectre
The PR tour for Spectre, the 24th instalment in the James Bond franchise has been a riot, with Daniel Craig saying he would rather slit his wrists than play Bond again, before back tracking a little and settling for a more media-friendly “just enjoying the moment” line.   Daniel Craig hits the red carpet #SPECTRE pic.twitter.com/5GohJKaCgd...
The Tribe: The Film That…Made Me Look Away kettle mag, scott wilson, the tribe, the film that,
The power of cinema lies in the effects films have on people. Films can make you cry, laugh, alter your opinions, influence you, be representative of a milestone in your life and can even change your life. Our new weekly film column, 'The Film That...', explores the impacts of cinema on people. This week, Scott Wilson shares how The...
How Edward Snowden changed Fresher’s Week
Freshers' Week is full of odd experiences. Societies on campus you never imagined existed will PR you with leaflets and photo ops, student volunteers will do their best to simultaneously look after you and encourage you to spend all your money on booze, and rival pizza chains will almost start a brouhaha at your university's...
Album Review: The Weeknd – Beauty Behind the Madness the weeknd, beauty behind the madness, scott wilson, kettlemag, album review,
Some artists pinpoint their winning formula on the first try. Mumford & Sons may be world-conquering, but no one can say with a straight face they have the most diverse catalogue. The Weeknd, conversely, has been at the other end of the spectrum – hardly able to sit still since his trio of mixtapes were...
My top 7 albums from female artists Kettlemag, Women, Music, Chvrches, Scott Wilson
As part of Kettle's Women's Season, Scott Wilson picks out his top seven albums from female artists... 1) Lorde – Pure Heroine Pop music can be alienating and extravagant. As someone from a small town, I'll never relate to the glitz and glamour of those wearing designer labels on the covers of Vogue. How refreshing...
Over 2,000 Dead After Being Deemed “Fit For Work” scott wilson, kettle mag, protest, atos, dwp, wca,
Without getting too philosophical, the state of the UK in 2015 must surely have us questioning what the purpose of government is. On the world stage we are relatively lucky when it comes to politics. We have democratic elections, without mandatory voting, resulting in a turnout of approximately 75% since World War II. First Past...
Reviews – do we need them? Edinburgh Fringe, Kettle Mag, Scott Wilson, Scotland, Reviews
Who are you to tell me what I should or should not like? What makes certain sounds better than other sounds? Pitchfork gave Tool's Lateralus album an embarrassing 1.9 out of 10 while Rolling Stone listed it 33rd on the top 50 greatest prog rock records of all time, above the likes of Electric Light...
Throwback game of the week: Tomb Raider Tomb raider graphics
I was born in 1991. I was a little too young to ride the wave of grunge or be considered part of Generation X, but my first passion was videogaming which hit a boom with the release of fifth generation consoles. I was born the same year Sonic the Hedgehog made his debut, so he...
The success of streaming apple music, apple, spotify, tidal, scott wilson, streaming,
Asda was never the place to pick up the latest albums that gave you street cred. It used to be that they had a well-stocked top 40 section; you could pick up those cooler records on the fringes of the chart in every town centre up and down the country. In 2015, supermarkets selling CDs...
Affluence, abilities, and achievement – is university for all?
Sitting in a sociology lecture at university, the professor made what I thought was a sweeping statement – "everyone in this room is middle class." Sociologically, there's a lot to dissect there. Economically middle class? Socially? According to which writer? Are we the bourgeoisie? When you come from a small town with one part-time working...
Review: Ant-Man ant-man, ant man, scott wilson, kettle mag,
It's remarkable that eight years on from Iron Man, the film that began this Marvel takeover of every screen in your local cinema, millions of people still flock to the movies and leave satisfied. In many ways they found a formula and stuck to it. A larger than life hero overcomes insurmountable odds and saves...