Liam Abbas

Liam is a copywriter and editor, with a passion for Film, TV and art.

Far more than just an advertisement, film posters are an art form in their own right and have become an iconic part of pop culture. Hollywood may currently dominate the conversation when it comes to the film poster aesthetic, but at one time many different countries had unique visions of what a movie poster could be. Perhaps the most interesting was the weird world of Polish movie posters. From the mid-50s until 1989, communist Poland saw a golden age of poster art. These pieces are vastly different from the clean, unimaginative and actor obsessed film posters of today. Polish movie…

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Whenever you see the US military on screen, chances are they’re not just in front of the camera- they’re behind it. The Pentagon and Hollywood have long had a relationship of ‘mutual exploitation’, a term coined by Author Lawrence Suid to describe the way in which the American film industry and its military have become intertwined. Every branch of the US military has offices in Hollywood with the purposes of loaning out millions of dollars’ worth of equipment to film makers and supplying military personnel as film extras, all for a free or reduced cost. In return, the military asks…

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What was once the realm of science fiction is now reality. It’s now possible to book your very own trip to space- that is, if you have the cash. Unfortunately, you probably don’t. This time last year SpaceX, Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic all flaunted their ability to fly passengers above Earth’s atmosphere, giving us the first look at the future world of space tourism. The problem is, with ticket prices ranging from hundreds of thousands to millions, this new industry has a very limited customer base. We’re told that it will change- that everyone can have a space adventure…

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Writing about the nature of war and the media, political journalist George Monbiot  said this: “News is about spectacle and there is no greater spectacle than war, the media love spectacle and so they love war.” But looking at coverage of Ukraine, it’s clear that the media love some wars more than others. The Russian-Ukraine conflict has dominated headlines like no other war in recent memory, with unrelenting coverage since the invasion. The sheer amount of content, and especially the way in which it has been reported, has led to accusations of bias in Western media. This bias at best…

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Few music genres are so important to the era in which they were made than American folk revival was to the 1960s. The genre’s origins can be traced back to the 1940s but has become best known for the part it played in activism during a turbulent decade of American history. Even today, the lasting legacy of 60s folk music is still strongly associated with activism, and rightly so. Politics has always been an intrinsic part of the genre, and this era had no shortage of folk musicians taking active roles in protests to bring about the world they sang…

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This year, the winner of the prestigious Palme d’Or at Cannes film festival was none other than Titane: a bizarre body horror from Julia Ducournau. This film is the perfect example of what has now become known as “art house” horror. A sub-genre of horror that is essentially the blend of traditional horror elements combined with the sensibilities of an art house film, art house horror takes inspiration from both genres and is focused on eliciting fear from an audience, but with a focus on cerebral storytelling. Often, they are slow-paced stories exploring heavy themes, with a sustained atmosphere of…

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