Category: Film & TV

Considering it was released in 2001, you might forgive The Princess Diaries for its loveable but dubious plot line. However, Mia Thermopolis is one of hundreds of female leads that get the same “geeky girl gets a makeover” treatment – a trope that is still being rolled out in 2017. In November Netflix released a film...

Uncharted is an action-adventure shooter platform game series that follows swashbuckling treasure hunter Nathan Drake as he adventures across the globe, exploring historical legends and battling villainous antagonists. Considered to be one of the greatest video game series of all time, with Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End...

Although it came out nearly 5 months ago, I’m still hearing conversations about The Red Pill, the controversial documentary which dives into the deep and dangerous world of the Men’s Rights Movement. Last weekend I decided it was high time I went down the rabbit hole myself. The film documents liberal feminist filmmaker...

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past week, you’ll be aware that the latest regeneration of The Doctor is being played by a woman, Jodie Whittaker. The Doctor’s new gender has been a massive area of debate with some being shocked that an alien who can transform into any shape or form could possibly be...

Warning: this post contains reference and descriptions of suicide 13 Reasons Why – A Netflix original series that has brought bullying, rape and suicide into the limelight and got people talking. It hasn’t all been good talk; mental health professionals have uttered their concerns over the messages that the show may...

Representation is a vital aspect of media. Unfortunately we are currently in an age where white washing is rampant and representations of sexualities are still restricted. We’ve come a long way in terms of openly gay characters, but there’s still a long way to go in terms of representations of other sexualities...

As we move further into the 21st century, an ever-increasing percent of society is releasing itself from the strict binary interpretation of gender. We are now moving towards the realisation that it is more a spectrum, with more non-binary and trans-related topics being discussed. Alongside this, how we believe a man...

A feature film that opens with the sound of a graphic rape is not one that Verbal Remedy would normally consider holding a discussion around, but director Paul Verhoeven has given us one too many unanswered questions. Elle is a film where women truly take centre stage. Not content with simply having a strong female...

The Harry Potter series, like any great children’s saga, teaches its readers a number of important morals. Most of these are pretty standard staples of children’s fiction; love trumps hate, the value of friendship, etc. But one aspect of the stories was entirely new to most of the young readers: Don’t trust the...

Children’s and Young Adult’s literature has often been seen as the lowbrow element of its world. Engaging children and young people is routinely dismissed as not for “serious writers”. Rowling has managed to go some way to turning these assumptions on their heads. In a literary world that is quick to hand out...