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Jon O'Brien

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Published on Billboard, i-D, Esquire, New Scientist, Classic Pop, Syfy, Decider, Paste, VinylMePlease, Digital Spy, Metro UK, Reader's Digest, Attitude and The Guardian.


Coldplay's 'Parachutes' Turns 20

Celebrating its 20th anniversary this month, debut album Parachutes remains Coldplay's most primitive work-but it remains by far and away their most influential.
The 10 Best Albums Made by Teenagers

From one-time YouTubers Shawn Mendes and Justin Bieber, to superstar DJ Martin Garrix, to Disney Channel graduates Demi, Selena and Miley, the 21st century has spawned a whole host of stars who achieved global success before they were even legally allowed to toast it in America.


New Scientist
What happens when a researcher tries to resurrect a loved one?

In the film Archive, George Almore attempts to put his late wife's memories into a machine. The project is far from a roaring success, finds Jon O'Brien Film Archive Gavin Rothery Advertisement Available on demand from 10 July "HE WHO remains passive when overwhelmed with grief loses his best chance of recovering elasticity of mind," Charles Darwin once wrote.

Arachnophobia just might be the most horrifying horror comedy of all time

According to a 2018 study conducted by California's Chapman University, approximately 22.6 percent of Americans have a fear of insects and other creepy crawlies, a figure only a fraction lower than those afraid of good old Beelzebub. But whereas the devil continues to fascinate Hollywood, bad bugs have essentially been given the insecticide treatment.

Has Netflix Wrecked Its Best Picture Oscar Chances?

Netflix may have picked up an impressive 15 Oscar nominations earlier this year, but as you'd expect from a company hellbent on world domination, it wants more. The streaming giant spent a colossal $100 million on the star-studded The Irishman, in perhaps its most blatant bid yet to secure that elusive Best Picture win.

the Guardian
Clip joint: tennis

Five of cinema's most memorable tennis shots. Are there any others you'd add to the list?


An Infusion Of Marijuana Cooking Competition Shows Are Giving Viewers The Munchies

When it comes to the thorny issue of legalizing marijuana, Netflix aren't just on the pro-side, they're out marching dressed as cannabis leaves while sparking up a fat doobie. From alternative history lesson Grass is Greener to tonally awkward sitcom Disjointed , much of their original programming seems like it's been greenlit by Cheech and Chong.

Digital Spy
Netflix's Reality Z is missing the bite of Charlie Brooker's original Dead Set series

Reality Z spoilers follow. Driverless pizza delivery vans, mechanical bees, that infamous incident involving the Prime Minister and a pig... Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker had already proven himself to be a modern-day Nostradamus even before Big Brother housemates found themselves oblivious to a deadly virus sweeping the world this year.

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