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The John Cena Project: Judgment Day 2003

It is May 18, 2003. Sean Paul is getting busy on top of the Billboard charts with Get Busy, followed closely by 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes, Justin Timberlake and pederast R. Kelly. Lurking at the bottom of the top 10 are Three Doors Down and Evanescence just in case people thought it was going to be an exclusively club-heavy pop scene for the rest of the year. Meanwhile, in news since Brock Lesnar pummelled a loudmouth wannabe rapper from West Newberry, Massachusetts, Lithuania and Slovakia approve joining the EU by referendum, multiple terrorist bombings kill 30 people at Riyadh, Beijing closes all schools for 2 weeks in response to the SARS virus and, most infamously, George W. Bush announces “Mission Accomplished” on ‘major combat operations in Iraq’ in a ludicrously stage-managed press conference that was a perfect monument to the folly of America’s latest imperialist adventure.

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The John Cena Project: Backlash 2003

It is April 27, 2003. Charting at no. 1 on the Billboard charts is 50 Cent with In Da Club which is basically Mid-Noughties Club Music: The Song. When you think of going in clubbing in the mid-noughties, you think sub-tropical beats, mush-mouth rap and ridiculous excess. Just to hammer home the point, also charting are Sean Paul, Busta Rhymes, some guy called Fabulous and child molester R. Kelly with that club-defining hit Ignition.

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The John Cena Project: Royal Rumble 2003

By Leandro Pondoc

It is January 16, 2003. Topping the Billboard charts is Eminem with his 8 Mile smash hit, Lose Yourself. Missy Elliott, P Diddy, Nelly, Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Lopez fill in the rest of the chart. Meanwhile, since Rebellion 2002, the UN votes unanimously on a resolution that would force Saddam Hussein to disarm Iraq of its weapons of mass destruction, leading to the deployment of weapons inspectors who’ll find no evidence of said weapons, The Two Towers gets released, the Space Shuttle Columbia disintigrates on re-entry, killing its 7-man crew and the US votes into existence the Department of Homeland Security, which begins operations after this day. Read more

The John Cena Project: Rebellion 2002

By Leandro Pondoc

It is October 26, 2002. Nelly continues to reign atop the charts, this time with his generation-defining R&B collaboration with Kelly Rowland, Dilemma. 2002 was a good year for Nelly, it seems. Eve, Missy Elliot, Avril Lavigne, Creed, Enimem and No Doubt chart as well though probably the most interesting song on this chart would be Kelly Clarkson’s A Moment Like This. Fresh off winning the first season of American Idol, the first salvo in what would be a Simon Cowell-dominated decade of pop. While pop stars created from the killing grounds of reality TV would never truly flourish in the United States, in the UK, where our pay-per-view emanates from, they would take root and grip the charts for the rest of the decade. Read more

Static Cameos

By Barry “IronicSnap” Neenan

Static Shock was a fantastic superhero show. Virgil Hawkins’ exploits as the superbly cool Static are due a revival, in my opinion. Part of that is because the show, for all its charm, can be a little… awkward at points. It’s practically a cultural time capsule. Nowhere is this clearer than in the celebrity cameos the show sometimes based entire episodes around. To celebrate Static’s 24th anniversary, let’s gaze into the technicolour abyss! Read more

True Crime Casting JonBenét

By Jordan Moran

True Crime is a genre that is usually associated with after-hours viewing and exploitative and over the top recreations- think the season 17 episode of South Park, “Informative Murder Porn”. That is until recently. Series such as “Making A Murderer” and “The People v. O.J. Simpson” have tuned what used to be a dirty guilty pleasure into a pop culture phenomenon. It is in the wake of these critical and commercial success that we see our newest offering exploring perhaps the most famous unsolved murder of recent memory- the death of JonBenét Ramsey. Read more

Reason’s Why “13 Reason’s Why” Is Toxic

Or There Abouts

By Jordan Moran

The latest in the series of Netflix produced and exclusive offerings is the teenage melodrama, “13 Reason’s Why”.  The show centres around a sleepy American town and high school in the aftermath of the sudden and tragic suicide of Hannah Baker. Hannah’s suicide note, in the form of cassette tapes, forms the backbone of the narrative as we learn the reasons why and the failings of the people around her that led her to depression, hopelessness and ultimately suicide (Which is portrayed in a particularly visceral and portraying scene – more on that later).

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Review Beauty & the Beast (2017)

By Emmet Jones

To say that Disney’s live action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast didn’t have huge shoes to fill would be an understatement. The Oscar Winning & Best Picture nominated film, the only classically drawn animated feature to ever accomplish such a feat, is a gold standard in the Disney Pantheon, and creates treasured memories for many wide eyed fans who are young at heart.

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