Literature Editor Hetta Johnson breaks down the best songs to feature on our screens. Whether it be a moving addition or an enlivening accompaniment, it is hard to imagine watching a film or show and not feeling the effect of the soundtrack. Here are a select few to be appreciated today.
“A quick disclaimer: this ranking will take into account how much I like the song personally, as well as the Bond-ness, for lack of a better phrase. So, while Shirley Bassey’s themes may not feature among my personal favourites, she will still feature relatively highly.” Ben Holden ranks each Bond theme in anticipation for the release of Fukunaga’s ‘No Time To Die’.
“The message of the film in this regard is not just anti-American, but rather speaks to the franchise’s general statement about moral ambiguity, where every side has human beings who will act for good or evil depending on their circumstance.”
Kenny Cota reviews ‘The Suicide Squad’, DC’s new instalment in the ‘Suicide Squad’ franchise.
Illustration: Ben Beechener
From Ancient Babylon – with a pitstop at the Villa Diodati- to the the sparkly incarnation we see in the modern day; Imogen Front charts the complicated and creepy history of literature’s favourite villain: The Vampire. Who knew they were so much more interesting than the ones we see in Twilight?!
Oscar Jelley explains why he believes the greatest period dramas acknowledge strict rules of manners and etiquette.
As we head back to cinemas, Thang Tu looks at ‘Minari’, which tells the story of a Korean immigrant family in search of the American Dream.
Jess Steadman explains why she believes spoilers add to the experience of watching films and TV shows.
Oscar Jelley reviews the BBC film ‘Delia Derbyshire: The Myths and the Legendary Tapes’, which explores the life of electronic composer Delia Derbyshire.
Iris Petrillo argues why some of the criticism that the Oscar-winning film ‘Promising Young Woman’ has received is undeserved.
Freddie Hull reviews Netflix’s controversial documentary film ‘Seaspiracy’, looking at both its cinematic approach and the issues it raises.