The Film Pit Review – Marvel Avengers: Age of Ultron

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In the latest Avengers film the eclectic group of superheroes face off against Ultron, an artificial intelligence created by Tony Stark and Bruce Banner with the intention of replacing the Avengers. This does not go to plan. This review does not contain spoilers, apart from a slight hint of one in the very last paragraph. … Continued

Grant Shapps and Original Sin

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There’s a war on. On one side, equipped with inhumanly fast search algorithms and merciless anti-spam emplacements, search engines and content creators busily add value to the internet. On the other, legions of spammers and internet marketers, trolls and shills compete to sell ads against the most misinformation. Who’s winning? 70.7% of email is spam. For every legitimate … Continued

The Film Pit: Furious 7 [Review]

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For reasons beyond my control I have somehow seen 2 Fast 2 Furious more than any other film in my life. It’s certainly not my favourite film (it’s going to take something special to knock Shaun of the Dead of its perch) but apparently ITV2 have organised their airing of this film around when I … Continued

Sex, spanking and secrets: porn’s impact onto intimacy

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Thanks to porn, heterosexual women today are expected to accept being spanked, and to have men cum in their faces, and to take it up the bum – and while some of them are happy about this, a helluva lot of them aren’t. This isn’t wild speculation, the workings of a feverishedly feminist, porn policing … Continued

Far Flung

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Take Snapchat: an app with which you send pictures to friends, which self-destruct between one and ten seconds later – a bit like a Spice Girls reunion. Now, also take ChatRoulette. The premise is that you connect to a video call with a total stranger somewhere on the planet. In practise, it’s a slideshow of … Continued

The Film Pit: John Wick [Review]

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John Wick has the kind of premise you could fit on the back of a postage stamp with a thick marker pen: “Keanu Reeves seeks revenge for dead dog”. Depending on your attitude to Keanu Reeves, and your attitude to exacting vengeance for wronged canines, this may well be the greatest premise to ever grace … Continued

Body image: is porn hitting men harder than women?

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In this porn series, which explores porn culture from the perspectives of 150 young people in Britain, we talk grunts and groans and hairy crevices, as we turn our gaze to how porn’s affecting how we feel about our bodies, and consider whether men might actually be getting hit a little harder when it comes … Continued

In the dark hours

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In light of the recent Budget, Oliver McKinley offers fortnightly recipes to sooth the soul and reinvigorate the pocket. Austerity cooking at its most delicious. In the long nights of the soul, when the moon is high, when the electricity has been cut and witches are about, I indulge in wicked things. I do not lurk … Continued

The Caravan

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I am walking along the pavement, headphones in and full of thoughts, when a hand closes around my arm and spins me round hard. “Hey girl”, a stranger with a leering smile leans into me. I tug myself from his grip and spit some curse words in his face. But he caught me off guard, … Continued