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


Mojo Preview – ‘gloriously worded script but male dominated’

Cesca Echlin finds this rendition of Jez Butterworth's play hits comic targets, but also reflects on its male-dominated narrative.

Merlin: The magic of kindness

Exploring the continuing relevance of BBC's Merlin

Bake-sale held in protest against Oxford’s gender pay gap

Due to the gender wage discrepancies at the university, from today onwards women in the university are ‘effectively unpaid’ until the end of the year. 

NI abortion rights must be a UK policy

Lobbying your MP could help change the lives of thousands of women

The Band Review – ‘heartwarming and nostalgic fun’

The new Take That inspired musical a great testament to the great British boyband.