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Review: You S2

Hello, you. If you are reading this you, like me, probably managed to binge through all of the addictive You season two in under 24 hours. If you haven’t watched it, I would suggest you stop reading now before I reveal the skeletons in its cupboard. Having only been released just over a month ago, this brand-new series has stalked its way into the hearts and unsettled the minds of its viewers. Continue reading Review: You S2

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Saying Goodbye to BoJack Horseman

There are many ways to discuss the legacy of BoJack Horseman. One could talk about how it introduced a whole new era of adult-orientated animation, or how its shift to a darker tone after the first six episodes utilised the new form of binge watching created by the rise of Netflix original content. There are many metrics and viewing figures to explain the impact of BoJack Horseman, but what can’t be directly measured is the impact the stories it has told have had on people’s lives. Continue reading Saying Goodbye to BoJack Horseman

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Review: Exeter University Shakespeare Company’s King Lear

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

King Lear is fundamentally a play about intragenerational power struggles, and Exeter University Shakespeare Company’s powerful performance, directed by Megan Shepherd and Matt Smith, explores the intricacies of jealousy, love and madness in a remarkably insightful way. The close environment of the cathedral setting allows the audience to take on the role of Lear’s court, almost becoming part of the painful deterioration of the kingdom. Continue reading Review: Exeter University Shakespeare Company’s King Lear

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Review: Jojo Rabbit

My first exposure to Taika Waititi’s latest comedy was during the trailers at the cinema whilst waiting to watch Knives Out, and I distinctly remember feeling… uncomfortable. There’s only so much comedy, perhaps, that one can derive from Nazi jokes in the Twenty-First Century. However, despite feeling initially unsettled by hearing a tiny child utter the phrase “it’s definitely not a good time to be a Nazi” upon hearing of the Allies’ victories, I did find myself intrigued; I hungered to see whether or not watching Waititi prancing around in a Hitler costume with Rebel Wilson really was as amusing as he seemed to make it out to be. Continue reading Review: Jojo Rabbit

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Review: Comptoir Libanais’ Veganuary Menu

Comptoir Libanais, tucked away in Guildhall, is a vibrant, homely yet exotic Lebanese restaurant which, like many restaurant chains overwhelming Exeter, has tailored its menu to the cultural January incentive to practice veganism – creatively coined ‘Veganuary.’ Many who opt for this ‘dry’ January of, rather than no alcohol, no meat, dairy and other animal-based products, seek a healthy alternative, a dietary challenge and an experience of eating in a certain way which proclaims to be more environmentally friendly. With veganism on the rise, not only for the month of January, it seems natural for restaurants to want to seize this dietary development and create their own vegan options which do not simply proclaim falafel or chickpeas as their main ingredients. Veganism is a challenge, not only for those pursuing it as their diet for the month of January or the duration of their dietary existence, but also for restaurants who must stand out using what appears to be a limited landscape of ingredients to choose from. Continue reading Review: Comptoir Libanais’ Veganuary Menu