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Film Review: Collapse

October 21, 2011
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Collapse consists solely of an interview with Michael Ruppert, an ex-police officer turned investigative journalist and government whistle-blower. Ruppert himself is an intriguing and complex character, perhaps filled with bitterness and resentment towards the institutions that he once served and have subsequently failed and attempted to discredit him.
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My BP Winner: Nathan Ford

September 18, 2011
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As a practising portrait artist myself I make sure to visit the BP Portrait Award at The National Portrait Gallery (London) every year. I go seeking inspiration and this year I wasn't disappointed. My initial intention was to write a review of this exhibition as a group show however I found there was one...
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Free Software: Socialism for Computing

August 23, 2011
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As I’ve delved deeper into politics I’ve been struck by just how many activists on the left who might otherwise self-identify as anti-capitalist, socialist or defenders of personal freedom, are quite willing to accept corporate control over the technology they rely on. Having been...
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Film Review: Idiocracy

July 18, 2011
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Idiocracy, directed by Mike Judge (King Of The Hill, Office Space) depicts a world in which evolution no longer values human intelligence and where brands and corporations have come to dominate society. Luke Wilson plays disgruntled US army librarian Joe Bauers, who is chosen in 2005 as the guinea pig for a secret human hibernation project,...
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Why I Will Never ‘Love That Advert’

June 15, 2011
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Selling a brand - and it's associated lifestyle - is now the most powerful weapon at the disposal of modern consumer capitalism. The end objective of which being to sell products which increasingly we do not require. It's a false economy which I believe affects our society and culture in increasingly negative ways. Early...
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Richard Phillips: Most Wanted

March 5, 2011
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Richard Phillips’ Most Wanted is an identity parade of some of the most popular young faces in America today. Phillips has taken found imagery of contemporary icons; Robert Pattinson, Zac Efron, Leonardo DiCaprio, Justin Timberlake, Chace Crawford, Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning, Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, and Taylor Momsen (wait.. who?) and created a series...
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Media Ownership – Should We Be Worried?

March 3, 2011
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Today saw the announcement which many news-junkies on the left have been dreading. News Corporation will be shortly be allowed to purchase the remaining 61% of BSkyB, to complete a full takeover of the company. News Corp will then own Sky TV, 20th Century Fox, the News of the World, The Sun and The...
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Review: Black Swan

January 11, 2011
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Review: Black Swan

Natalie Portman puts in an outstanding performance as Nina Sayers; a fragile, sexually repressed ballet dancer who, in her search for perfection, sees the lines between reality and performance begin to blur. The film centres on a ballet company’s production of ‘Swan Lake.’ Desperate to mix up a dusty old story, the Director, Thomas...
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Turner Prize 2010:
There’s Always Next Year

January 6, 2011
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Turner Prize 2010: There’s Always Next Year

Each year I pay a visit to the Turner Prize at Tate Britain to experience the sheer exhilaration of blinding rage. Okay, perhaps I’m exaggerating for dramatic effect.. but I do usually experience mild irritation. 2010 brought us the likes of; Gauguin: Maker of Myth, Henry Moore, Richard Hamilton: Modern Moral Matters, Sally Mann,...
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‘Choice’ in video games: Crude plot device or meaningful storytelling?

December 31, 2010
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Do video games deal with choice in a meaningful way, or do they rely on choice in a crude attempt to force gamers to connect with the game? And how does this compare with film, where choices are fixed but meanings are still left open to interpretation?
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