Authors Posts by Marcus Balmer

Marcus Balmer


All the world’s a screen

Marcus Balmer looks at how film has reinterpreted Shakespeare

Preview: Dan and Jon vs. The Funsultancy

Don't miss the Ultimate Picture Palace screening of this bewilderingly brilliant student film

Review: The Quiet Ones

This copy-cat horror flick is absolute garbage

Review: The Double

Richard Ayoade's sophomore directing effort is a tantalising and arresting piece of work

Verdict: The Oscars 2014

Marcus Balmer enjoys another awards ceremony. Another year of farcicle, pompous, ultimately insignificant fun.

Review: Lone Survivor

Peter Berg's passion project poses as a thoughtful film about warfare, yet is ultimately a dumb nationalistic action-movie

The Sound of Movies

Marcus Balmer charts his 15 favourite examples of popular tracks in film history

Review: Doctor Who Christmas Special 2013

Marcus Balmer finds 'The Time Of The Doctor' a deeply unsatisfying conclusion to Matt Smith's reign in the blue box

Interview: Steve Oram

Marcus Balmer talks to Steve Oram about the dark British comedy, Sightseers


Oxford bans donations from Chinese tech giant

Oxford suspended Huawei donations shortly after China was criticised as 'autocratic' by Chancellor Patten

Hard to Be-Leave – Brexit: The Uncivil War

If you're looking for a grown up perspective on Brexit, Channel 4's political docudrama leaves much to be desired
two hands holding a load of shopping bags

Binge shopping – a no brainer?

Exploring the science behind the 'treat yourself' mentality

The psychology of an evil stepmother

Is this classic archetype a thing of the past?
A drawing which shows envy as a naked hag angrily soaring through the sky, by William Hamilton

The anxiety of envy

"Big names dominate the industry, and yet their fiction feels incredibly same-y."