Søren Hough

Cancer Biologist, Journalist, and Science Writer

London, UK

Søren Hough

Cancer Biologist. Science Writer. Freelance journalist/editor. Founder/Editor-in-Chief at Movie Fail. Published at


London Film Festival 2017 Highlights

The London Film Festival sprawls across the city, from the café-laden streets of Shoreditch to the glamour of Southbank, by the Thames. Cult cinemas like the Prince Charles and megaplexes like the Odeon off Leicester Square premiere films from around the world. This year, festival darlings like Sally Potter (“The Party”) and Azazel Jacobs (“The Lovers”) found themselves front and center against a backdrop of drama, comedy and experimental art. Link to Story

Zootopia with Ben and Søren

In this podcast, Søren and Ben discuss Disney’s animated film, Zootopia. Be sure to scroll down and read more about their respective opinions in more detail. As always, you can subscribe to our podcast feed using iTunes or by copying this link into your RSS reader. Alternatively, you can check out the episode online or download it here.
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The Neon Demon

The Neon Demon aesthetically and narratively distorts its characters to reveal male power structures and how they impact female agency and autonomy.
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Hoopleheads: A Deadwood Podcast

Josh and Søren discuss each episode of Deadwood on a weekly basis. Søren has seen the show before and is a big fan. Meanwhile, this is Josh's first time in the frontier town.
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens

I paid attention to the little things in The Force Awakens. Some of these were visual—the small creature with eyes set apart like a hammerhead shark poking its head out of the sand, the vulturous creature picking at the remains of a ship as if it were a carcass. Others were musical, like the marimba-influenced tune that plays when we first meet Rey (Daisy Ridley) that suggests a much wider world is in store for her.
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Spotlight might be the ugliest film of 2015. It’s so wrapped up in its own aesthetic of reality—washed out faces that blend in with pale, drab wallpaper, garish orange furniture clashing with a painfully ordinary office—that you might cry foul that it’s meant for the big screen at all. Yet Tom McCarthy, the visionary director behind The Station Agent and Win Win (and co-writer of Up) did not make these decisions lightly.
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Deadpool with Josh and Søren

Josh and Søren sit down to discuss Fox’s Deadpool in this dueling review. Below that you’ll find both of their written opinions for a more detailed look at their perspectives. As always, you can subscribe to our podcast feed using iTunes or by copying this link into your RSS reader. Alternatively, you can check out the episode online or download it here.
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Stark Contrast: A Game of Thrones Podcast

Our ongoing podcast series at Movie Fail covering Game of Thrones on an episode-by-episode basis. As a bacckdrop to our conversations, Josh has read George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series while Søren has not.
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Ember Island Airwaves: A Legend of Korra Podcast

A podcast series covering The Legend of Korra, the sequel series to Avatar: The Last Airbender. Josh and Søren break down the technical and narrative aspects of each episode.
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Kill the Messenger

Curiosity killed the cat, and all of the good journalists along with it. I was just a kid when Gary Webb broke news on the Contra-cocaine scandal. I don’t remember it. My recollection of the 90s reeks of the Clinton fiasco and not much else. As we learn in the epilogue of Kill the Messenger, the government fully admitted to playing a significant role in drug trafficking to support proxy wars in Nicaragua – it just took them a few years to cop to it.
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The Grand Budapest Hotel

Down that ladder comes Gustave, or Anderson, literally climbing the rungs of film. The metaphor is clear.
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Obvious Child

Obvious Child puts a human face on something that has become obfuscated by political mudslinging.
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Søren Hough

I currently work as the head science writer at Desktop Genetics where I cover advances and applications of CRISPR technology (

I am also a freelance entertainment journalist. My work has been featured on key industry-centric websites including ( and (

I brought my experience as an editor and writer to The Massachusetts Daily Collegian ( one year later as I began working for the paper as a film and science correspondent. In the spring of 2013, I was hired as the editor of the film section of the paper for the fall of 2013.

I also started Movie Fail ( in January 2012, a site dedicated to multimedia reviews, op-eds, academic essays, and news articles about movies and the film industry.

In December 2013, I graduated from the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies and Microbiology program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

The cover photo is a screen shot from Tete's short film, raintown.



  • Film Journalism
  • Film Critique
  • Blogging
  • Editing
  • Final Cut Pro
  • Microbiology Research
  • Epigenetics Research
  • Molecular Biophysics Research
  • Social Media
  • Radio
  • Content Management