The Idle Critic: Cinema • Culture • Critique

Welcome to The Idle Critic. We’re glad you’re here (saves us the hassle of marketing).

Established in the leafy suburbs of South West London after an impulsive and enlightening trip to the sunny shores of Australia – The Idle Critic is the sporadic purveyor of quality film critiques, articles, and related audio & visual content. Taking musings that were once confined to the dusty shelves in our brains, the reviews and opinion pieces cover what makes us tick; cinema, the video game industry and on occasion, culture.

A respite from the wider world, The Idle Critic is a space for the like-minded, weary, curious cineastes, cinephiles, gamers, enthusiasts, and those simply looking for a good read.

We will also be presenting a weekly podcast with ramblings about key filmmakers, independent productions, the Far East, and a healthy sprinkling of absurd improv and digressions. Scheduled visual content includes streams and pre-recorded videos showcasing the latest and greatest in the video game industry.

We hope we can provide you with a happy corner in the weird, ugly and confusing place that is the internet; bringing you honest content and bridging the gap between casual and highbrow coverage of films and culture.

Do you want to reach out to The Idle Critic? Send emails in for the podcast, reader reviews, and anything else you can think of, really. For all enquiries, including those business related, please email 


The Protagonists:

Joseph Gallagher – Founder, Editor In Chief

Favourite Film: Rear Window

Favourite Game: Final Fantasy IX

With a Film Studies degree under his belt and a vehement affinity for cinematography, Joseph has taken his love for the craft and devoted his life to… practicing Wing Chun; makes sense.

His attention is usually focused on Martial Arts and Far East Asian cinema, with a keen eye on action choreography, but he gravitates towards any film focused on storytelling and filling each frame with beautiful imagery.

His ethics are woven into the very core of the website: all articles and pieces are filled with honest, and with some luck, informative content. When reporting on the films and games that have caught his attention, Joseph expresses unbiased and candid opinions. We can only hope readers can make sense of his ramblings.

From time to time Joseph will need you to get in touch with him. Whether it’s for an article or just for a chin wag. Contact him at


Steph Houghton – Managing Editor

Favourite Film: Driver

Favourite Game: The Legend Of Zelda Twilight Princess

Citing films such as Casablanca and Drive as favourites, Steph casts a keen, eclectic eye over proceedings at The Idle Critic. An accomplished woman, earning a degree in linguistics and anthropology, and currently researching international development for a PhD, she brings with her a wealth of invaluable experience and knowledge many can only dream of.

Full of extraordinary anecdotes too great to list in their entirety, Steph has seen every film you can name, yet cannot recall any of them. The perfect candidate to oversee things at The Idle Critic, when she’s not taking care of things over at her consulting business.


Vladimir Mitreski – Head of Content

Favourite Film: City Lights (maybe)

Favourite Game: Probably a relic from the Atari era

A degree in Film Studies (and psychoanalysis!), a literary mind, and an eye for what makes a good narrative allows Vladimir to perch confidently at the top of his pedestal here at The Idle Critic.

Having spent his seminal years working for such companies as the BFI and watching multiple films a day – he now has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the silver screen.

Although he has seen far too many films to pick out one, he quotes Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights as a standout.

He knows nothing about games.

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