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India Ross writes on film, TV and pop culture. A former Film Editor at Varsity, Cambridge, she was shortlisted in 2012 for the Guardian's Student Critic of the Year. She has written for The New Statesman, The Financial Times, The Independent, The Huffington Post, PopMatters, Spiked and The Playlist on Indiewire. She has appeared as a guest critic on BBC Radio Four's Today Programme and on BBC Radio London. -- ifwross@gmail.com

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British TV: A National Embarrassment?

(58) Comments | Posted 10 June 2013 | (00:00)

There is, I believe, a dichotomy emerging in Western television. Unnoticed by parents loyal to the BBC, the Netflix generation, no longer tethered to terrestrial output, is migrating online to pastures greener. Often attributed to a fascination with US culture particular to the current crop of British twentysomethings, the growing...

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Citizen Ebert

(0) Comments | Posted 5 April 2013 | (02:42)

These days, where the battlefield of the yuppie journo is a scrolling newsfeed, his sword is his Tweet. But tonight, upon the news of the passing of the great Roger Ebert, the glib guns fell silent, and all were as one in 140-character memoriam. Beside the revolving door of online...

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Liars, Damned Liars and 'Mad Men'

(0) Comments | Posted 26 March 2013 | (15:30)

Oh, what a tangled web we weave. As Sterling, Cooper, Draper - and, to a lesser extent, Pryce - suit up for the penultimate season of AMC's sensational Mad Men, hold on to your trilbies and check your morals at the door, 'cause we're all going back into the boardroom....

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Children of the Revolution: The Second Season of 'Girls'

(0) Comments | Posted 19 March 2013 | (23:00)

The training wheels are off the fixie bike, and for the hipsters of Lena Dunham's imaginary New York, it's sophomore season. Over the past ten weeks, her ode to cluelessness has been fixing the gaze (and the column inches) of the TV devotee, and in doing so, artfully dodging a...

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As Great a Gatsby? The Challenge of Adaptation

(0) Comments | Posted 15 March 2013 | (11:00)

So The Great Gatsby will headline this year's Cannes Film Festival. It is a statement billing - though of course no guarantee of any later critical touchdowns - which has not gone unnoticed on the film-anorak radar. It is a lofty promotion, rather like a thumbs-up from Roger Ebert or...

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Why Aren't We Teaching Cinema in Schools?

(0) Comments | Posted 12 March 2013 | (14:20)

I guess you could call it a rustic sort of childhood. School was an earthy operation in which a new laboratory was no substitute for a new cricket pitch; a place where the self-flagellating nerd and the serial pothead were applauded equally for the pursuit of their respective endeavours; where...

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Mila Kunis: Not Another Bloody Girl-Next-Door

(6) Comments | Posted 8 March 2013 | (23:00)

An eruption of arbitrary internet love for one unwitting individual is a disturbingly common event. And the trend du jour, one can't help but notice, is for the 'charismatic young woman' - a title which by its very existence is a collective face-palm for feminists everywhere. It is however, one...

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Close Encounters of the Multiplex Kind: In Defence of Big Screen Viewing

(0) Comments | Posted 5 March 2013 | (13:22)

Sit down. Shut up. Watch the film. Whittled to a more brand-friendly tagline by the copywriters at Orange Wednesdays, and looped into the internal monologues of every banter-adjacent punter in the cinema, this is a code by which one should always comport oneself at the movies. Hell, in life.

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