Alex Hess

Film

The Only Reason 'Avengers: Endgame' Is Getting Such Good Reviews

Don't worry – no spoilers.
Alex Hess
4.29.19
tv

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
3.5.19
Football

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
10.31.17
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
10.16.17
Sports

The Rise and Fall of Mido, the Man Who Out-Gunned Zlatan

Fifteen years ago, Ajax were blessed with two brilliant young talents. In a 20-year-old Zlatan Ibrahimovic, they had a tantalising prospect; in Mido they had an even better one.
Alex Hess
9.30.17
FOOTBALL AND BETTING

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
6.12.17
Film

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
5.4.17
the North South divide

How London's Economic Dominance is Strangling Football 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
4.24.17
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
2.10.17
football as a platform for public displays of grief

Has Football 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
1.25.17
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
11.23.16

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
11.23.16
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