Alex Hess


Nicolas Cage Playing Nic Cage in a Film About Nic Cage Makes Perfect Sense

Cage is part of a grand tradition of performers merging art and reality.
Alex Hess

Ricky Gervais Might Have Caught Up with the Times

Netflix's 'After Life' reveals self-awareness from the man who has courted mawkishness and mediocrity.
Alex Hess
BFI London Film Festival 2017

This Is a New Golden Age for Horror Films

They've kicked out cliche and instead are making persuasive political points with big scares to match.
Alex Hess

English Football Has A Gambling Problem – Is It Time To Seek Help?

The betting industry is now "at the beating heart of the beautiful game," but a raft of recent incidents have raised serious questions about the relationship between football and gambling.
Alex Hess

Alien Is the Only Film Franchise That Doesn't Suck

Ahead of the release of 'Alien: Covenant' we trace the deranged and distinctive history of the series.
Alex Hess
the North South divide

How London's Economic Dominance is Strangling Soccer in the North-East

London's status as the centre of finance, culture and politics affects every other part of Britain, but nowhere more than the north-east. This is reflected in the region's football clubs, which are struggling to compete with their southern rivals.
Alex Hess
sunderland's saviour

An Ode to Jermain Defoe, English Football's Great Survivor

Three years ago Jermain Defoe appeared obsolete and had departed English football for Major League Soccer. Few could have predicted his prolific late-career resurrection, nor the vital role he would play at struggling Sunderland.
Alex Hess
football as a platform for public displays of grief

Has Soccer Developed an Unhealthy Obsession With Grief?

​Football is being consumed by grief, with public acts of mourning fast becoming a weekly occurrence. But the increasing frequency reduces the impact of these displays and, over time, could serve to rob them of meaning altogether.
Alex Hess

Bayern Munich's Next Great Talent: The Inexorable Rise Of Joshua Kimmich

If versatility used to be a mixed blessing for young footballers, it's the hallmark of the modern game. Joshua Kimmich has it in abundance, and is using it to take the Bundesliga by storm.
Alex Hess
champions league or bust

Domestic Drudgery Makes Leicester City's Heroics All the More Wondrous

While Leicester City are flying high in the Champions League, they sit only two points above the relegation zone at home. But perhaps this just serves to make their Premier League title triumph and European exploits seem all the more wondrous.
Alex Hess

Risen From Réunion: Dimitri Payet's Winding Journey to the Top

Part of the magic of football is that the route to the top is a magnificently inexact science. Dimitri Payet is now firmly established as one of Europe's most gifted players, but his rise to international success was neither simple nor fast.
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football's very own marlon brando

The Curtain Falls On Yaya Toure: Bidding Farewell To A Premier League Icon

Though Yaya Toure's Manchester City career appears to be nearing a rather bloated, undignified end, we'll never forget the swagger and spectacle of his glory years in the Premier League.
Alex Hess