Album Review: “25” (Adele)

The ailing music industry has waited with baited breath for three years to welcome back the emotive and powerful ballads of Adele which leave your spine tingling and heart aching. After her long absence and the wild success of her previous album, it is unsurprising that the whole world has fallen at the singer’s feet upon the release of her new album, ‘25’. Released on … Continue reading Album Review: “25” (Adele)

Booked In With Jess: 7

Snugville Street is somewhat of a strange title, giving next to nothing away about Angeline King’s self-published novel. Set in Belfast, the story depicts iconic places including Botanic Gardens, the Ulster Museum, Shankill and Falls roads and Methodist College. Belfast is an important place to me, full of people I care about, and I very luckily managed to spend a couple of months working in … Continue reading Booked In With Jess: 7

An Introduction to Anime

The phrase ‘Japanese culture’ will stir vastly different ideas depending on whom you choose to talk to. To some, the first thing that springs to mind is undoubtedly Shinto temples or giant Buddha statues while to others it might be the iconic tea ceremony. For an increasing number though the initial thought is of the country’s thriving ‘youth culture’, most notably: anime. Western countries led … Continue reading An Introduction to Anime

Notes On Netflix: Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List

Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List- Kristin Hanggi, 2015 Netflix rates it: 4/5 I rate it: 3.5/5 Kristin Hanggi’s Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List follows Naomi (Victoria Justice) and Ely (Pierson Fode), best friends since childhood, as they begin their first year at NYU. However, their friendship suffers when Ely and Naomi’s boyfriend, Bruce (Ryan Ward), fall for each other despite the existence of … Continue reading Notes On Netflix: Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List

Catching Up with the Phantom Cast

As The Phantom of the Opera approaches, Rowan has a chance to catch up with the director and cast from Exeter University’s Musical Theatre Society ‘Footlights’, about weird warm up routines, cast divas and challenges they have had to face so far…   A chat with Daniela Goldaracena Parkes (Director) What made you decide to take on Phantom? I wasn’t too keen on Phantom of the Opera prior so seeing … Continue reading Catching Up with the Phantom Cast

Booked In With Jess: 6

With an ever growing population and therefore a higher number of creatives on the planet, I’m sure you’re aware of the growing issues within the publishing industry. Not only are community libraries slowly dying and book shops making fewer sales, but aspiring authors are finding it progressively more difficult to get their works published. Particularly in fiction, the battle to be published has become a … Continue reading Booked In With Jess: 6

Documentary Review:“Queens of Syria”

What happens when refugees from wars like that in Syria reach a “safe haven” like Jordan? Much of our exposure to human displacement as a result of conflict focuses on the phenomenon of transition from one place to another, with only very occasional glimpses into what happens next. In this beautifully produced documentary directed by Yasmin Fedda, she and her team succeed in giving victims of … Continue reading Documentary Review:“Queens of Syria”

Green Screens – Studio 74, Exeter’s New Solar Powered Indie Cinema

A new indie cinema has opened in Exeter. Tucked away on Gandy Street, it offers an alternative viewing experience to the larger cinema chains in the city. Visiting Studio 74, it’s an intimate and cosy space to relax in with a drink from the bar. Also, with tickets priced at £6 it’s much cheaper than its big commercial rivals.  You may hear “indie cinema” and … Continue reading Green Screens – Studio 74, Exeter’s New Solar Powered Indie Cinema