Shotgun Theatre Review: The Witches of Eastwick

When I arrived at Kay House to watch ‘The Witches of Eastwick’ by Shotgun Theatre, I had absolutely no idea what to expect. I’d never even heard of the musical before this production so I was thinking something along the lines of a Wicked and Macbeth crossover. I could not have been more wrong, and what it turned out to be could not have been better. … Continue reading Shotgun Theatre Review: The Witches of Eastwick

Notes On Netflix: Happy Christmas

Happy Christmas – Joe Swanberg, 15, 2014 Netflix rates it: 1.5/5 I rate it: 3/5 Joe Swanberg’s Happy Christmas follows irresponsible 27-year-old Jenny (Anna Kendrick) as she moves to Chicago to live with her brother (Joe Swanberg) and his family. The film documents her self-destructive nature and the problems this causes for everyone in her life. Kendrick portrays Jenny well, showing her annoying yet perky … Continue reading Notes On Netflix: Happy Christmas

‘The Gay Word’ – documentary is now online

Amy Ashenden’s documentary is now available online for free. The Gay Word focuses on the recent trend of using the word ‘gay’ negatively to mean things are bad, ‘uncool’ or embarrassing, examining if its use is homophobic or an evolution of language. A University of Southampton graduate and freelance journalist for the Guardian, Ashenden self-produced and edited this documentary, travelling across south east England and interviewed a range … Continue reading ‘The Gay Word’ – documentary is now online

The Christmas Tree Debate

For many people, Christmas is all about the smell of pine trees in their living room. Tell anyone with this kind of mentality that you have always had an artificial Christmas tree, and they will probably recoil from you in horror. Personally, I have never really understood the popularity of real Christmas trees. It’s just an exercise in futility, isn’t it? You might start out … Continue reading The Christmas Tree Debate

‘Blue Velvet’ at Studio 74

“She wore Blue Velvet, Bluer than velvet was the night” – Bernie Wayne and Lee Morris, 1950. When my friend Nathan and I went to see the so-called “cult classic” Blue Velvet (1986) at the newly opened Studio 74 cinema in the Phoenix, I didn’t really know what to expect. The description on the Phoenix’s website had said “(David) Lynch’s erotically charged exploration of crime, voyeurism and sexual … Continue reading ‘Blue Velvet’ at Studio 74

Notes On Netflix: A Birder’s Guide to Everything

Netflix rates it: 3.5/5 I rate it: 4/5 Based on director Rob Meyer’s previous short film Aquarium, A Birder’s Guide to Everything follows a young group of birders as they take on the challenge of finding the presumed extinct Labrador duck. After a possible sighting, David (Kodi Smit-McPhee) snaps a photo, only to be told better evidence must be found before he makes history with … Continue reading Notes On Netflix: A Birder’s Guide to Everything

Booked In With Jess: 9

Christmas. Time off from university and work, meaning even more time to immerse yourself in a good book. If you’re looking for something Christmas-themed to get you in the festive spirit then I have just the recommendation. Flashback to summer when I was lucky enough to be soaking up the sun in Greece with Giovanna Fletcher’s Dream A Little Dream which I absolutely loved. They … Continue reading Booked In With Jess: 9

Booked In With Jess: 8

Everyone knows of Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby but fewer know of his contemporary, author of Double Indemnity, James M. Cain. Interested to explore other 1920s-30s novels that depict the American dream and further my knowledge in the roots of noir fiction, I picked up one of Cain’s most famous works The Postman Always Rings Twice. The story centres on Frank, a “bum” who can’t stay … Continue reading Booked In With Jess: 8

Theatre review – The Odyssey: Missing Presumed Dead

Simon Armitage’s much anticipated reworking of the epic poem The Odyssey was one of the best performances I have seen in a long time. Partly due to the talent of ETT’s actors, but mostly, I believe, because of the political relevance that was interwoven with the plotline. The play, in which cabinet minister Smith is sent to Turkey, missing his son’s 18th birthday, to do … Continue reading Theatre review – The Odyssey: Missing Presumed Dead

Review: Castle Fine Art Gallery

Whether you are lamenting the lack of art in Exeter, or simply looking to take a break from your essays, Exeter’s Castle Fine Art Gallery is certainly worth a visit. Looking out onto to the Cathedral Green, the gallery displays a surprisingly diverse range of artwork in its small interior. From vast landscapes to portraits of famous figures there is something for everyone in its … Continue reading Review: Castle Fine Art Gallery