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Review: King of Thieves

During the 2015 Easter weekend, 73 safe deposits worth £14 million were raided and stolen from the Hatton Garden vault. Surprise spread across the nation when it emerged that the thieves were all in their late 60s or 70s, with Brian Reader, the leader of the gang, being the ripe old age of 79. The events instantly became imbedded in cultural history and once the dust settled, one thing was always clear, a movie detailing the extraordinary events was inevitable. Continue reading Review: King of Thieves

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Alexander Calder Exhibition at the ‘Hauser & Wirth’ Gallery, Somerset

London, New York, Los Angeles, Hong Kong…Somerset? When Swiss contemporary art gallery Hauser & Wirth were deciding on the location of their next outpost, nobody would have guessed that the small, quaint town of Bruton was in the running. Nestled in the beautiful Somerset countryside, what was once an abandoned farm and outbuilding has been transformed into a modern space that hosts exhibitions from world-renowned … Continue reading Alexander Calder Exhibition at the ‘Hauser & Wirth’ Gallery, Somerset

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Review: Johnny English Strikes Again

Johnny English, much like Mr Bean, is a character only Rowan Atkinson could play. No other actor can inhibit a character so foolishly unaware of his own stupidity and with such comical precision and brilliance. As the winter awards season slowly comes upon us, Johnny English Strikes Again is a welcome change as, amidst the foray of serious movies coming out at the moment, sometimes you just want to laugh. Continue reading Review: Johnny English Strikes Again

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The Dude Abides: The Rerelease of “The Big Lebowski”

Initially, The Big Lebowski wasn’t a smash hit. Rather, it was a film many viewed as wacky and too bizarre for its own good. In 1998 (the year of its release) audiences were flocking to see big screen blockbusters like Armageddon and Saving Private Ryan, not a film about a lackadaisical man who gets embroiled in a twisting tale of lies and deception. Continue reading The Dude Abides: The Rerelease of “The Big Lebowski”

The Paddon Award 2018

Our university is bursting with artistic students, from those who are active members of music, drama and art societies to those who take a more personal and introverted approach to their art.  On Tuesday 27th March I was lucky enough to attend this year’s Paddon Award ceremony; a small, intimate event which recognises artistic talent among the students here at the University of Exeter. Inspired … Continue reading The Paddon Award 2018

Review: Lady Bird

When I was about 16 I stumbled across Frances Ha, Greta Gerwig’s writing debut, on Netflix. I fell in love with it and watched it constantly, I even changed my cover picture on Facebook to a black and white still from the film (oh to be an obnoxiously edgy 16 year old again). In the film Gerwig (as writer and leading actor) so masterfully captures … Continue reading Review: Lady Bird