The Oscars’ Highlights

The best and worst night in film finally arrived, with the annual Academy Awards held on the 24th of February. At its best, the Oscars are ultimately a night to celebrate the best in film, so let’s start positive. In Oscar’s history only three black women have won an award for anything other than acting, and two of them were this year, with Black Panther winning Best Costume Design and Best Production Design. In another win for black talent, Spike Lee finally got a non-honorary Oscar, and Samuel L Jackson’s reaction to announcing his name was ecstatic. Seeing the legendary director jump on the actor in celebration was a high point of the night. The academy were very strict with cutting people off after 90 seconds, but when Spike Lee tells you ‘Do not turn that motherfucking clock on’, you listen. Continue reading The Oscars’ Highlights

Review: Theatre with Teeth’s Jawbreaker Variety Night

Theatre with Teeth took over the Exeter Phoenix on Thursday 21st February for a night that promised music, comedy, spoken word and theatre – a showcase of Exeter’s talent. Auditions happened weeks ago and the successful performers represented the best that Exeter could offer. The evening did not disappoint in all that it promised. Priced at an ambitious but justified £10 per ticket, the evening was jam-packed with touching, funny, punchy and eclectic performances in all spheres of the arts. The evening was split between the auditorium, for performances with larger numbers, more sound technology and anticipating larger audiences, and the workshop, a small, brick-walled room with the feel of an underground Soho jazz bar. However, the audience numbers were equal, with people moving around the venue and piling up at the door of the workshop to get a glimpse.
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Cheap Places to Escape To

Now we are nearing the end of February, those lighter evenings and bright days of Spring and Summer are tantalizingly close, yet somehow still seem just out of reach. Without the Christmas festivities or the challenges of New Year’s Resolutions as a distraction, February can end up feeling rather uninspiring, wintery and seemingly endless. But booking your next run-away trip can provide the perfect pick-me-up. … Continue reading Cheap Places to Escape To

Review: Opera Society’s The Marriage of Figaro

 The Marriage of Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and translated by Edward J. Dent is the first production by the Exeter Opera Society, bringing a multi-layered tale of love, jealousy and confusion to 1920s England, performed in St David’s Church. In just a month and a half, and with the majority of performers never having seen, let alone taken part in an opera, the society successfully brought a unique cultural event to students and families alike. Continue reading Review: Opera Society’s The Marriage of Figaro

Review: Vice

In 2018’s Vice, director Adam McKay explores the political climate of right-winged America from the 70’s to the mid 2000’s, as well as providing an overview of former Vice President Dick Cheney’s career. I do admit that my knowledge of American politics and history is extremely limited, however, I would argue that this fact simply emphasises McKay’s missed opportunity. The movie fails to give the … Continue reading Review: Vice

The English Pear: Jacket Potatoes 2 Ways

Sweet Jacket Potatoes 2 Ways: Homemade baked beans and Tuna Avocado Salad   “What I say is that, if a man really likes potatoes, he must be a pretty decent sort of fellow” – A. A. Milne We think it’s fair to say that the jacket potato has become something of a student staple, and rightly so. With this recipe we’ve reworked this go-to in … Continue reading The English Pear: Jacket Potatoes 2 Ways

Frost On Film: Green Book

Never a Dull Moment At face value, Green Book sounds extremely formulaic and predictable. It is story about two mismatched men forced together by necessity rather than choice, who gradually become close friends. Add into the mix the over-trodden turf of the road trip as the method in which these two men become close, and it seems the film is destined for mediocrity. The fact that … Continue reading Frost On Film: Green Book

Frost on Film: Glass

An Underwhelming Finale In 2016 Split was released and received good reviews, seemingly placing M. Night Shyamalan’s directorial career back on track, following a rather dire succession of releases. However, while the tale boasted a fascinating killer at its centre suffering from multiple personality disorder, what drew more attention was the end of the film. In its final moments, Split revealed an aged Bruce Willis … Continue reading Frost on Film: Glass

Rom-Coms and The Search for Love

In my formative years I was in love with the idea of love and I attribute this to growing up watching romantic comedies. I love romantic comedies and I say that with pride. So often we are taught to regard the genre as a guilty pleasure because, ultimately, we are taught that what women like is frivolous and not to be taken with as much seriousness as movies with men in the limelight. We are trained to associate male leading, serious movies with critical acclaim and Oscar recognition, rather than rom-coms. While I do recognise that there are a lot of problems with many films in the romantic comedy genre, like how so many of the protagonists represent white, middle class, educated woman, I have also learned a great deal from them.
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