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


India’s legalisation of gay sex is India’s success, not the West’s

Western coverage of India's overturning of Section 337 was at best uninformed and at worst insulting

The Art of Small Talk

At the beginning of October a hormonal mass of teens, infused with adrenalin and trepidation, will descend on Oxford for a week of clumsy...

The ‘Brideshead Revisited’ reputation haunting Oxford

Is there any truth in the fictional portrayals of the University?

Oxford grad launches new access initiative

The new organisation aims to connect disadvantaged students with Oxbridge mentors

Which TV show has the best intro music?

You shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but what about a show by its intro?