Miranda July: ‘I worked in peepshow . . . It’s not totally removed from the part of me that does all these projects with strangers and stuff.’ Photograph: Didier Messens/Wire Image

Talking to Miranda July will make you feel you’ve spent most of your life idly staring out the window. She is an award-winning film-maker and autho(...)

Mindy Kaling, creator and star of   The Mindy Project, one of a new genre of films and television shows written by  women that portray a more sexually frank account of their  lives.   Photograph: Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SCAD

It is a vulgar truth universally acknowledged that Sex and the City creators on HBO Darren Star and Michael Patrick King ratcheted up the raunch of th(...)

Kerry Fox and Mark Rylance  in the sexually explicit mainstream film ‘Intimacy’

The Fifty Shades juggernaut rolled into town recently amid a storm of white-hot hype, only to be met with stinging criticism. Chief among the gripe(...)

Zooey Deschanel and Bradley Cooper: both speak with what is known as ‘vocal fry’

Remember uptalk, the practice of ending all your sentences in a question? Even the ones that aren’t questions? You do? You can take your fingers ou(...)

Death becomes them: Olivia Colman and David Tennant in ‘Broadchurch’

Watching Broadchurch (TV3, Monday) after the first part of RTÉ’s Charles Haughey trilogy was like stepping out of the theatre and into fresh air. (...)

What were your cultural highlights of 2014? I very much enjoyed Mark O’Rowe’s Our Few and Evil Days at the Abbey Theatre, not least because it(...)

These days, however, Swanberg’s micro-movies aren’t quite so micro or non-professional.

It’s almost impossible to stumble upon the words “Joe Swanberg” without the inevitable subheading “godfather of mumblecore”. It’s true, of course. As (...)

It is in keeping with Joe Swanberg’s oblique approach that Happy Christmas, his latest low- key comic drama, was released in the US during high sum(...)

Zooey Deschanel in New Girl: the tipping point in twee’s recent starry rise?

What do Belle & Sebastian, Lena Dunham, Peanuts the cartoon, Portlandia, artisan pickles, food trucks, crocheted owls on Etsy, ukuleles, kitten(...)

Caitlin Moran: A modern, pop culture hero. Photograph: Aidan Crawley 3:43

Caitlin Moran Vicar Street, Dublin *****The tipping point for Caitlin Moran was There’s Something About Mary. Moran made a career as a fine music jour(...)