The mystery of Death at a Funeral

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Death at a Funeral is a 2007 British comedy about hijinks at a funeral, as the title might suggest. Despite a poor performance at the UK box office, by 2010 this film had been remade twice, each time in a different national territory. Let’s walk through the films. The premise of each is exactly the … Continued

Porn’s impact on our skill in the sack

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150 young people in Britain share their experiences of having grown up alongside the rise of internet porn. The idea that using porn is a singularly solitary practice, just you and Kleenex, entirely unconnected to the real world, is a stickily seductive one – but, as the results of our porn survey of 150 twenty-somethings … Continued

The Film Pit: short (and free) film showcase

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Welcome to The Film Pit. This is going to be a weekly column about films and pits, I guess. Probably less about pits than films. For my inaugural column I thought I’d talk about short films that you can find for free online. Youtube has really blurred the definition of what short films are and … Continued

Porn in the internet age: young people open up

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150 young people in Britain share their experiences of having grown up alongside the rise of internet porn. Does porn ever make you feel pressured? ‘No, don’t be so f**king ridiculous. I watch How I Met Your Mother; do I think that my life is boring and uneventful because of it? No, I don’t. It’s … Continued

Stop Hitting Lesbians With Cars

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I am not a sentimental person. Dogs greeting their owners on their return from war, babies seeing snow for the first time, cuddly toys and birthday cards from my childhood all leave me pretty unmoved. But, on a Sunday night all this changes. Somehow, almost without me noticing, a massive dose of sentimentality has slipped … Continued

CHAPPiE [Review]

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The trailer for CHAPPiE opens with the text, “The director of District 9 invites you to meet Chappie”, which immediately causes two problems. The first is that this introduction is so pretentious that it makes you slam your fist into your mouth with enough force to burst through the back of your throat, and the second … Continued

Are Political Thoughts Taking Over Cairo’s Streets Again?

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There is a hush over everyone here, a cloak hanging over our heads. A thousand things unsaid yet, as eyes alight upon one another, those glances say more than I can understand. They bounce off the dirty yellow, mirrored walls of El Horreya: one of the many cafés tucked into Zamalek’s web of backstreets. One … Continued

River [poem]

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People say you’ve never changed but you – you’ve always been a river, Running slippery and shallow slick with salmon stick and sliver. A river is a person – one who’s always in one place, But whose aspiration is to make an ever changing face. You see. You know. Rivers never want to be rivers. … Continued

A Bad Day

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She couldn’t take her eyes off them. Crouched down in the gutter between the wall and the bins, her teeth biting into the knobble of her left knee, eyes round like saucers with her tiny arms wrapped around her bare legs. The entirety of her focus lay on the couple sitting at the restaurant across … Continued