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Mark Birrell

Mark Birrell

Mark is the editor of The Spread as well as a copywriter, and lifelong cinephile, who received his bachelors in Film and Comparative Literature from the University of London. You can follow him on Twitter @markwbirrell
Mark is the editor of The Spread as well as a copywriter, and lifelong cinephile, who received his bachelors in Film and Comparative Literature from the University of London. You can follow him on Twitter @markwbirrell


Articles by Mark Birrell

The 20 Best American Films of 2017

By Mark Birrell April 12, 2018

There’s something for everyone as we count down the twenty best American films of 2017, from studio epics to online documentaries. Welcome to a very belated and specific 2017 list, the reasons for both of these things being that it can actually take an incredibly long time to see every film that’s released in a […]

The Futurism Issue (#44)

By Mark Birrell April 4, 2018

Welcome to The Spread’s Futurism issue where we examine the future in, and of, film from sci-fi titans and turkeys to up-and-coming filmmakers and events. This issue, we look to the horizon and think beyond the impending summer blockbusters that are coming to our screens, thinking about the future as a more abstract concept, and […]

Atlas Facepalmed: The unbearable irony of “Tomorrowland”

By Mark Birrell April 2, 2018

A presentation of Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland as a masterclass in how a film’s intended themes can become completely inverted. One of the most irritating things about the recent deluge of remakes and reboots and sequels is that people do actually make these much sought-after, original concept, sci-fi films; more often than not though they tend […]

Altered States of America: What “Dredd” says about the War on Drugs

By Mark Birrell April 1, 2018

The Spread looks at the social commentary and satire that made Alex Garland’s take on comic book icon Judge Dredd a searing indictment of America’s War on Drugs. With the recent news, coming from the mouth of star Karl Urban, that screenwriter Alex Garland essentially took control of the 2012 box office disappointment/home video phenomenon […]

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