Riley Keough! Channing Tatum! Adam Driver! Daniel Craig!
Well, it’s enough to get us all excited. Yes, it’s the brand new trailer for Logan Lucky. The film revolves around three siblings trying to reverse a family curse by executing an elaborate robber during a motor race at Memorial Day weekend!
The trailers are immensely entertaining, with Daniel Craig being the sheer highlight here in bleach blonde hair and a Southern accent. What do you think of the trailer?
A good, sinister thriller is hard to find these days. They’re often buried deep within the subculture of film enthusiasts, with the more mainstream options taking centre stage. Sometimes this is a good thing, but other times, you want that deep-seated paranoia to take hold as you struggle to work out where the plot will take you next.
Such is the case with The White Room. A taut, supernatural thriller from New Black Films that sees protagonist Alberto start to see signs everywhere and begins to question their meaning.
The film promises to look at a variety of subjects including religion, alternative therapies and ancient philosophy within the story as the paranoia builds ever upwards.
Everyone knows that it’s tough at the top. There are plenty of people beneath you who want to bring you down, and every decision you make could have dire consequences. But when you’re The King, it feels like nothing can stop you.
The latest trailer for The King shows the rise and fall of a young prosecutor through 80’s and 90’s Korea alongside the lavish lifestyle and brutal choices that are needed to continue living the high life.
It looks a lot like The King is a more action-packed Wolf of Wall Street, with lots more shady dealings with the criminal underworld.
The sun has set over the sea of Cannes yet the film industry is beaming from yet another successful year at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. With reports of it being one of the greatest festivals this season, we’ve
The biggest news to come from Cannes is that Sophia Coppola is the second woman ever, in 70 years, to win the Best Director award for the much hyped The Beguiled. There’s a whole other article about the stupidity of why Coppola is the second female director to win this, but we’re impressed that she was honoured this weekend.
The coveted Palme d’Or went to Ruben Ostlund’s The Square, a satirical film revolving around an art installation piece and a PR campaign descending into chaos. 120 Beats Per Minute, by Robin Campillo
Diane Kruger won Best Actress and Joaquin Phoenix scooped up Best Actor for Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here. Ramsay tied with Greek director Yorgos Lanthimo’s The Killing of the Sacred Deer for Best Screenplay.
Nicole Kidman, starring in at least three films showcasing at Cannes this year, won the 70th Anniversary Jury Prize and it is richly deserved.
Below is a full list of winners, what did you think?
Ruben Östlund, The Square
Robin Campillo’s 120 Beats Per Minute
Andrey Zvyagintsev, Loveless
Léonor Sérraille, Montparnasse Bienvenue
Sofia Coppola, The Beguiled
tie: Lynne Ramsay, You Were Never Really Here and Yorgos Lanthimos, The Killing of Sacred Deer
Diane Kruger, In the Fade
Joaquin Phoenix, You Were Never Really Here
He is currently a She after regenerating into Missy sometime off-screen.
But what if Missy is not The Master at all? What if The Master truly died at The End of Time and Missy is another character entirely?
What if Missy was an adult version of Ashildr?
I know that this may annoy a lot of people who are hoping that the addition of Missy was a test run for a brand new female Doctor (something that is a long time coming) but there are a few hints that she has nothing to do with The Doctor’s nemesis, and is merely the continuation of a young Viking girl’s journey through time.
Several of you are almost certainly already writing in the comments telling me why I’m wrong, but for those of you open to this wacky theory, prepare to be astounded (or disappointed. I really don’t know how accurate this, and I’m sure there are far more holes to be picked in this theory than the story we’ve already been told.)
When we first met Ashildr (played by Maisie Williams) in The Girl Who Died, we also discover that she is the titular character of the episode. After the film’s denouement, we see The Doctor revive Ashildr using alien technology, turning her into a “hybrid” of alien and human. We are also told that she will be immortal, forced to watch everything she loves die.
The important thing to remember here is that The Doctor has no idea how her life will turn out. Admittedly, the next few times we see Ashildr, she is still roughly the same age (give or take a few thousand years,) but it is possible that sometime in the future, Ashildr will begin to age. The process could take a lot longer than that of an average human, but when you can’t die, what’s there to worry about?
Missy’s inability to die can also explain why we’ve seen her die at least twice, yet come back looking exactly the same each time. She merely falls into a coma and slowly regenerates from the damage caused. It would certainly explain why she survived the attack of the Cybermen (during Death in Heaven), as well as explain her rather cavalier attitude to dangerous situations.
Despite all this, there is one minor problem with this theory; Ashildr keeps forgetting the past as she makes new memories. We see this during The Woman Who Lived when we are introduced to a library of Ashildr’s (now going by the name “Me”) diaries. One possible explanation could be the Computer Interface Port last seen in The Long Game during Christopher Eccleston’s run as the Ninth Doctor. Admittedly, the version that we see involves having a massive hole in your head which can open at the click of one’s fingers, but a more refined version could be used for Missy’s, and as for time travel, we’ve seen plenty of other characters using a Vortex Manipulator to jump between eras, and Missy’s been known to use one on several occasions, making this her most likely form of transportation. But failing that, Ashildr/Me had managed to get her hands on a TARDIS shaped like a diner, so it’s quite possible she’s been using that to get around as well.
Of course, some people may point to Ashildr/Me’s unchanged appearance at the end of the universe as irrefutable proof that the two cannot be the same. However, considering the knowledge Ashildr/Me could accrue and write down during her incredible lifetime, it surely wouldn’t be too hard to whip up a contraption to jump between times and return to the end of the universe as a well-hidden base of operations. Not to forget, as mentioned before, that she acquires a TARDIS at some point to travel with Clara during the Season Nine finale.
Well, there you have it. My theory is that Missy is little more than an older version of a young Viking girl called Ashildr. I’m sure a lot of people will tell me I’m wrong (heck, writing this out made me question whether I’m anywhere near the truth myself!) but, as far as I can remember, the only people who have said that Missy is the Master are Missy and Ashildr/Me… And what’s stopping them from creating a convoluted story in order to manipulate The Doctor in some way?
It’s hard to deny that we have a morbid fascination with warfare. Even if we wish to avoid the gorier and unpleasant side of it, there is always something in the peripheral of our vision that incites us to discover information on its causes, if only so it we can make it harder to happen again.
The story of photojournalist Jason P. Howe is a fascinating recount of his time as a photojournalist during numerous wars across the globe, which is being told in the upcoming documentary A Good Day to Die – Hoka Hey.
The documentary uses a combination of interviews with numerous colleagues and acquaintances of Howe as they tell the stories of how he came to fall in love with an assassin, and the controversy surrounding his photo of a wounded soldier getting published by the media.
A Good Day to Die – Hoka Hey is out in cinemas June 16th and on DVD July 17th!