Issue №32 | 3 February 2020 | ‘At the Movies

Issue №32 | 3 February 2020 | ‘At the Movies

It’s that time of year again. Yes, it’s awards season, baby.

As usual, we’ve been rather busy over the last few weeks, ensuring we’re up to date with all of the nominated films. Luckily for you, we’re now clued up and can present our findings, thoughts and recommendations.

Don’t say we don’t treat you nice. Alex and Freya

What Freya has been up to this week: Chatting about all tings film music on the latest episode of the BBC Music Magazine Podcast, and pitched article about Cheer on Netflix because there is no greater joy in life.

What Alex has been up to this week: Tried (and continually trying) to come up with a new name for his barbershop quartet. Any suggestions welcome.


A playlist…

Our Favourite Soundtracks from this Awards Season

From the innovative, horrifying and industrial soundscapes of Chernobyl to the psychedelic synthesiser flutters of Uncut Gems, there are some cracking soundtracks in this year’s list of Oscar nominees.

So in the spirit of the awards season, we’ve put together a list of our favourites that you should definitely listen out for, when all of these inevitably end up on Netflix. (Joke). Alex

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A book…

Books that explore the #MeToo movement

If there’s anything good to have come out of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, it’s the opportunity for a wealth of literature to be brought to the public’s attention covering issues of consent, sexual politics and workplace dynamics — all stories that went tragically untold until now.

These are all vital — yet entertaining — reads. Plus, their covers match. And who doesn’t love a consistent bookshelf theme, eh? Freya

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An article…

Slaves, nannies, and maids: Oscars value women of colour — in subservient roles by Beatrice Loayza for The Guardian

The Academy has nominated just one person of colour this year: Cynthia Erivo as slave-turned-abolitionist Harriet Tubman in Harriet. Why is it that when the Academy finally recognises non-white actors, they only appear in roles of suffering, such as slaves or nannies. Reaffirming these tired stereotypes is not only lazy but also indicative of the white pity displayed by those voting.

Why was Lupita Nyong’o overlooked for her iconic performance in Jordan Peele’s Us this year? The Academy seems to have preferred her performance in the 2013 film 12 Years a Slave in which, as a slave, she is raped and endlessly humiliated. Beatrice Loayza’s article exposes this dangerous trend in Oscarland. Freya

Parasite: The real people living in Seoul’s basement apartments by Julie Yoon, BBC Korea

A film destined for good things at this year’s Academy Awards, Parasite tells the story of a poor family living in a banjiha — the common name for a basement flat in Seoul — juxtaposed with their unexpected working relationship with a wealthy family.

In this eye-opening article, Julie Yoon interviewed a real-life couple living in similar conditions in the over-crowded capital of South Korea. You’ll learn about the reasons why these basements exist, what everyday life is like and the film’s effect on banjiha culture. Super interesting stuff. Alex


How the fashion of Little Women perfectly fits a 21st-century aesthetic

If anyone needed further proof that Greta Gerwig’s vision for the 2019 adaptation of Little Women was utterly inspired, look no further than its costumes. Bringing the Victorian tale bang up to date with a decidedly contemporary aesthetic, costume designer Jacqueline Durran has helped revolutionise the story’s image and reassess its role within our literary canon.

Whether it’s Jo’s bowler hat or Beth’s knitted crossover, we have no doubt that you’ll soon be able to find whatever Little Women look you’ve got your eye on. We’ll all be wearing ruffled collars and full tweed layered skirts in no time.

We’ve also compiled a Little Women lookbook of pieces you can now buy so you can channel Jo March while you’re writing your first novel. Freya

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A musical…

Romantics Anonymous at Bristol Old Vic

The plot of Romantics Anonymous would be hard-pressed to excite even the great romantics among us: a socially anxious chocolate maker meets another socially anxious chocolate maker. They then fall in love and bring one another out of their shells. But the plot is secondary to the sheer magic of Emma Rice’s Wild Children adaptation of the 2010 French-Belgian film Les Émotifs Anonymes. The music may not stay with you but the nuances in the performances and satisfied feeling in your tummy definitely will.

Although it’s at Bristol Old Vic at the moment, there’s an international tour planned. Keep your eyes peeled. Freya

Dates for your Diary

1 Feb — TV: The Pixar of Japan, Studio Ghibli has given Netflix permission to stream seven of the studio’s films, with more on the way later this year.

7 Feb — Film: Parasite opens in UK cinemas. This Korean film is a must-see.

8 Feb — Exhibition: Play, Protest and Pelicans: A People’s History of London’s Royal Parks at the Garden Museum. A stunning illustrated history of our parks in London’s most unusual galleries. Make a trip this weekend before it closes.

20 Feb — Exhibition: Masculinities at Barbican Art Gallery explores how masculinity has been constructed through the medium of film and photography.


Beaufort and Blake make funky and luxurious mens boxer shorts. Alex copped this pair recently. God bless the sales.

This stool may cost £700, but it looks like the dancing footstool in Beauty and the Beast, which can only be a good thing.

Odds and Ends

Freya’s found a place you can download thousands of out-of-copyright audiobooks for free. Honestly, we are too good to you.

Well, that’s it. Brexit has happened, and to round off this issue, we present the worst rendition of the National Anthem you will ever hear. Start at 1:05.



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