Review: Ciaran Austin’s ‘Full Circle/Moving’

Ciaran Austin has just released his latest EP featuring ‘Full Circle’ and ‘Moving’ , demonstrating his own skillful talents and those of the members of his band, Cantaloupe Island. Recorded at Sticky Studios, the self-produced EP takes a unique approach to what may be considered grime rap by transforming with a more uplifting melody and relaxed, rhythmic beat to create an ambient mix of electronics … Continue reading Review: Ciaran Austin’s ‘Full Circle/Moving’

Review: Really Want to Hurt Me

Most will be able to relate to how music can provide an escape from reality, shutting out the rest of the world while you live in the music. For the protagonist of Really Want to Hurt Me, music is a way to evade the bullying that is synonymous with his school life. He finds himself unable to fit in with the boys, their love for … Continue reading Review: Really Want to Hurt Me

Review: BSO ‘Triumph & Passion’ @ The Great Hall

The ritual is by now familiar to me. I took my seat a few rows back from the front, settled in and took down the names of some players. The hall, smelling faintly of gravy, gradually filled with an eager audience, and the orchestra tuned their instruments with ears fixed on the most minute discrepancies of tone above the murmur of the crowd fumbling to … Continue reading Review: BSO ‘Triumph & Passion’ @ The Great Hall

Get the Look for Less: Kitted Out In Knitwear

It is said that the cable-knit sweatshirt was used in the 19th Century to protect fishermen from harsh weather conditions and cold sea air. Considering January and February tend to be the coldest months of the year, this trend could not be more welcome. However, it does not seem right to describe the cable-knit jumper as a trend. It has been a staple in the … Continue reading Get the Look for Less: Kitted Out In Knitwear

Queer Screens: Sebastiane

The Exeter University Arts and Culture wing continued its Queer Screens programme this week (every Monday, 4:30, in Queens LT1). Each week, the series’ organizer Dr Joao Florencio, shows and introduces an LGBTQ+ related film, in an innovative season that from the outset is offering powerful works of cinema. The latest instalment was Sebastiane, by Paul Humfress and the great Derek Jarman, the latter of … Continue reading Queer Screens: Sebastiane

Review: Singin’ in the Rain

Footlights’ production of Singin’ in the Rain was a remarkable success, more than doing justice to the 1952 Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen-directed classic film. The student-led production included the original’s song and dance numbers, performed with enormous talent. They maintained all the film’s feel-good energy, filling the stage at the Northcott Theatre with near professional levels of flair. Running until Saturday 27th January, it is well worth … Continue reading Review: Singin’ in the Rain

Review: Lana Del Rey’s ‘Lust for Life’

Lana Del Rey is smiling on the cover of her fourth studio album, Lust for Life. A step away from her usual seductive pout, her smile signals the album’s slight shift from the moody, pained darkness of her previous music to this new, sunnier sound. She still remains true to her vintage themes of Hollywood glamour and problematic love which place her in her own … Continue reading Review: Lana Del Rey’s ‘Lust for Life’

Review: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

(contains spoilers) Three Billboards is the latest film from director Martin McDonagh. Fresh from multiple victories at the Golden Globes (Best Drama, Best Actress in a Drama, Best Supporting Actor, Best Screenplay – not too shabby), it centres around the blistering anger of Mildred Haynes, a mother who takes on the local police force after the abduction, rape and murder of her teenage daughter Angela. … Continue reading Review: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Review: The Post

The Post follows the story of the Washington Post editorial board in the mid 1960s: their financial struggles as the newspaper becomes a public corporation, their competition with the New York Times, and most of all, their decision on how to report on the Vietnam War. It soon becomes apparent that successive presidents had covered up how badly the war was going. But faced with … Continue reading Review: The Post

Review: Little Shop of Horrors

Little Shop of Horrors, the brainchild of Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, is a zany musical about abusive relationships, a giant carnivorous plant and the cost of success. The premise is pure B movie sci-fi: an extraterrestrial plant requires human blood to grow – the more it grows, the more flesh it desires. However, Mushnik’s Flower Shop is only able to survive in Skid Row … Continue reading Review: Little Shop of Horrors