At the start of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (surely that’s too much punctuation for one film title?), we meet the IMF team during some classic highjinks, but it turns out the team is not in favour with the CIA and ends up getting shut down. As a result, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) goes into such deep cover it feels like he’s coming back out the other end, and continues to evade the CIA or…

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After his father dies in the line of duty, young but gifted tearaway Eggsy (Taron Egerton) is given a medallion by secret agent Harry Hart (Colin Firth) with an apology and the promise of a favour when he needs it. 20 years later, in a police interview, he calls that favour in – and is drawn into the super secret, super wealthy world of the Kingsmen. He competes to be newest member of the prestigious…

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Whilst I’ll probably be writing down some specific things I’d like to have ticked off by the end of the year, I want to take a bit of a different approach to 2018. I’ve been familiar with the idea of a ‘word of the year’ for a while, but this video from the goddess that is Lucy Sheridan (seriously, check her out on Instagram @lucysheridan) explains the idea really well. Rather than a list of…

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We returned to the Star Wars galaxy last month with Episode VIII of the saga, The Last Jedi, directed by Rian Johnson – and it’s been a bit of a bumpy ride. After The Force Awakens was received as perfectly acceptable but not exactly groundbreaking, there was a lot of responsibility on Johnson’s shoulders with how to carry on this much beloved series in a way that would (hopefully) give us something new, as well…

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So, to recap. Spoilers ahead for the previous films in the series. RISE Of The Planet Of The Apes was the one with James Franco, that blonde one from Harry Potter and Caesar as a little baby ape. Franco’s character Will is conducting experiments in order to find a cure for dementia, Caesar gains superior intelligence as a result and is raised by Will, only to end up locked up, breaking free and starting an…

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2017 was a bit of a weird one, wasn’t it? It absolutely flew by for me, most likely because I spend most of it bouncing around in my own head instead of being more present. I wrote at the end of last year about having two resolutions only for 2017. The first was to pay off my debts, including my overdraft and loans to my parents. Whilst I haven’t completely achieved this yet (and as…

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A Film Writer’s Education is a feature where I get my act together, and watch all of those classic films that I should have seen by now, but haven’t. I’ve neglected the icons for too long, and am going back through some of the biggest and best moments in cinema to get my knowledge up to scratch. To start with, I’m going through Empire’s most recent list of the 100 greatest movies, released in 2017, around 60…

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When Stranger Things hit Netflix just over a year ago, even the Duffer brothers that created it could not have predicted the cultural phenomenon it would become. Internet memes, the faces of the child stars on the covers of magazines, clothing ranges, Halloween costumes and a huge resurgence in love for Winona Ryder – just some of the ripple effects from this charming piece of 80s sci-fi horror nostalgia. Not surprising, then, that it was…

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A Film Writer’s Education is a feature where I get my act together, and watch all of those classic films that I should have seen by now, but haven’t. I’ve neglected the icons for too long, and am going back through some of the biggest and best moments in cinema to get my knowledge up to scratch. To start with, I’m going through Empire’s most recent list of the 100 greatest movies, released in 2017, around 60…

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As I look at the food wrappers and Dr Pepper cans littered around me, running my tongue over my slightly furry teeth and trying to remember the last time I got myself a drink, I come to a stark realisation – I am terrible at taking care of myself. These days, I’m trying really fucking hard to do better, to be better, to find happiness. It’s taking me a long time, but at least I’m…

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Have you ever thought about what it would feel like to be okay with your body? Up until less than a year ago, this was a completely alien concept to me. I thought that my body was made for nothing but hatred, and punishment, and loathing and restriction and resentment. I thought that I didn’t deserve to feel okay with my body, because it was so far away from what it ‘should’ be. Because it…

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