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Matilda Dixon-Smith: Is MTV Secretly The Home of Badass Television?

February 18, 2013

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I’m as surprised as you are that MTV is producing quality scripted television. Look, I get it; it’s hard to believe. Let’s just do this thing where we close our eyes and pretend that the US Skins never happened, that no one tried to remake The Inbetweeners, that Jersey Shore doesn’t exist.  If you can forget […]

Is “Pitch Perfect” better at being “Glee” than “Glee”? by Matilda Dixon-Smith

December 14, 2012

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The short answer is “yes”. The long answer is that, while Pitch Perfect beats Glee handsomely at everything from the musical performances to the examination of friendship and self-acceptance, the film owes a great debt to the gargantuan TV karaoke franchise. A fact they acknowledge gratefully (while poking a bit of fun) throughout the film. […]

“Bachelorette”, or “Spoiler Alert: Apparently Women Can’t Be Assholes” by Matilda Dixon-Smith

September 10, 2012

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Critical debate about whether Leslye Headland’s caustic film Bachelorette is any good saturates arts and entertainment media right now. Between me and fellow editor Will Kay we’ve watched the movie six times. Obviously, we’re in the camp of “Yeah, this film is fucking awesome. Get a life, haters.” And here’s why: Headland paints a gloomy […]

“Sherlock”: I <3 Benedict Cumberbatch by Matilda Dixon-Smith

February 13, 2012

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Sherlock is one of the latest of these appropriation experiments. Leave it to the BBC to take every piece of cherished literature and tart it up for the techno-savvy masses (forever scrambling to remain relevant). Thankfully, Sherlock is the complete opposite of a disaster, which one might infer it to be considering the rather dated […]

‘Wot—the fock—is bronch?’: The Return of “Misfits” by Matilda Dixon-Smith

November 11, 2011

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This past summer I became very attached to Buffy the Vampire Slayer. For weeks we couldn’t get enough of Buffy’s ass-kicking punchlines, the hilarious cut-away moments, and Spike singing in a graveyard. It was a beautiful time. While we were deep in Buffy-mania [fellow editor] Will Kay, who was not a fan, could often be found—headphones […]

“Crazy, Stupid, Love”: Everyone Who Went To See This Did So Because of Ryan Gosling’s Abs by Matilda Dixon-Smith

October 18, 2011

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Okay, gang, sit up and take note. To steal the words from Ryan Gosling’s beautiful, beautiful mouth, Crazy, Stupid, Love is a bit of a “game changer”. In a year characterised by the Something Borrowed*-style of romantic film-making (i.e. unromantic, unfunny and generally insulting), a romantic comedy die-hard like me is refreshed by a clever, simple […]

ABC2’s “Twentysomething” by Jennifer O’Brien

September 22, 2011

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What a clever writer/performer Jess Harris is.  She had me hooked from the start of the first episode. How could I resist the opening scene’s teasing invitation to dive to the bottom of contemporary life with a fresh-faced lass who crawls across the pub floor to draw maggot eyes on a young man lying on […]