A guide to the giallo film

Italy attracted international acclaim during the 1960s for its cycle of spaghetti westerns, but what is sometimes overlooked is the emergence of another body of exploitation films: the giallo film. The word “giallo” translates in Italian to “yellow”, and the title of giallo films derived from paperback detective novels released in post-fascist Italy by the Milanese publishing company Mondadori which had yellow covers. “Rosso” – the Italian for red – might have been more appropriate as the films are covered in blood.

Daenerys is annoying

I stayed up at 2am and watched the first episode of Game of Thrones. Honestly, I don’t think it was worth staying up for it was very anti-climatic until the end. I mean even though I found the episode to be a bit lack lustre Twitter did make it somewhat enjoyable. Despite all of this there was one character that really managed to piss me off and that character was...... None other than Daenerys Targaryen herself, baring in mind she already started to irritate me towards the end of last season but this episode really solidified my dislike for her.

A politics of fear

In the 1960s and 70s the prevailing opinion was that a politics love and peace would form a new world order, that in the post-war era, McCarthyism was just a blip. "All you need is love," The Beatles sang. It was believed that the enduring words of Franklin D. Roosevelt, "all we have to fear is fear itself," would pass into irrelevant redundancy. That hasn't quite happened.

Fear has become the trendy political capitol for modern politicians to exploit, but to cash in on this currency there needs to be an enemy.