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Review: Ratched – Peaches and Screams

Highly anticipated since its trailer release back in August as the newest entry into the Ryan Murphy-verse, Ratched certainly fits the doctor’s prescription as thrilling, grisly and daringly clever. Acquainted with the grim and gruesome from her time with Murphy as a series lead in American Horror Story, Sarah Paulson is perfect for the sharp unpredictability of Mildred Ratched as the series (an unofficial prequel … Continue reading Review: Ratched – Peaches and Screams

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Enola Holmes and her Sister Statues

To mark the release of Netflix’s new film Enola Holmes, starring Millie Bobby Brown, the popular streaming site has erected several temporary statues around the UK to celebrate the often overlooked sisters of famous men throughout history. The film tells the empowering story of Sherlock Holmes’ forgotten sister, as she escapes the control of her two brothers and solves her own mystery. Continue reading Enola Holmes and her Sister Statues

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From Disney Fan Favourite to Emmy Award Winner: Zendaya

Growing up, I dreamed of the day my parents would drag me out of school and force me to be a child actor. The fact that they allowed me to live a normal and well-adjusted childhood away from the pressures of LA toxicity still seems cruel. I like to bring this injustice up every Christmas and remind them that we could be celebrating the festivities at Elton John’s if they hadn’t been so short-sighted. Continue reading From Disney Fan Favourite to Emmy Award Winner: Zendaya

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Review: Enola Holmes

Enola Holmes was certainly hotly anticipated before its release on Netflix, and it seems that fuss is still far from dying down. The idea of another film adaptation was made exciting by the realisation that this one would feature a woman at the front and centre, one with real character development, backstory and drive. My only anxiety was waiting impatiently to see if this could be pulled off, but I needn’t have worried; it did not disappoint! Continue reading Review: Enola Holmes

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Review: La Haine

La Haine, or Hate as it is known in the US, is a 1995 French drama following a day in the life of three young men wandering the streets of Paris. They are all reeling in the aftermath of their friend, Abdel, being arrested and experiencing severe brutality at the hands of the police. This triggers major riots throughout the city. One of the men, Vinz, played by a young Vincent Cassel, is ready to take his aggression and frustration out on anyone he meets, whether they be the police themselves, women, or other angry young men just like him. His hate and anger lead to deadly consequences for both him and his friends Said and Hubert. Continue reading Review: La Haine

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Review: I’m Thinking of Ending Things

Charlie Kaufman is a filmmaker whose work I have always admired; Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is one of my favourite films of all time (so much so that I wrote a whole essay on it in first year!). To this day, I remain astounded by the ambition and complexity of his directorial debut, Synecdoche, New York. Having declared my love for Kaufman films, … Continue reading Review: I’m Thinking of Ending Things

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Bodyform’s ‘Womb Stories’ Campaign and De-Stigmatising Menstruation

Since I was about sixteen, I’ve been passionate about de-stigmatizing periods. I used the Clue app religiously and showed it to all my friends at school, including the boys. I talked about periods loudly and graphically. I didn’t care if that made boys feel uncomfortable. I had confidence about my periods. They made me feel powerful and were an important part of my identity as a young woman. Because of my contraception, I don’t have periods anymore. My female friends are usually jealous of me when I tell them this, but I actually miss them; they’re a sign that everything’s ticking over and working properly. They’re completely healthy and natural, so why is there such a big stigma surrounding them? Continue reading Bodyform’s ‘Womb Stories’ Campaign and De-Stigmatising Menstruation

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Lauren Bacall: A Feminist’s Femme Fatale

With her iconic smoky voice and signature sultry “look”, Lauren Bacall is often remembered as Old Hollywood’s ultimate femme fatale. From the moment she first entered the big screen, and delivered the line ‘anybody got a match?’ (To Have and Have Not, 1944) Bacall established herself as the anti-ingenue; strong, intelligent and opposite to the naïve woman typically celebrated in 1940s film. Mysterious, seductive female characters have been repeatedly demonised throughout the history of storytelling. Threatening the traditional perception of the ideal, passive woman, with her awareness of her own sexuality, femme fatales are usually represented as dangerous. Often in Old Hollywood, the femme fatale, and female sexuality itself, existed to be punished. This, however, was not the case for Lauren Bacall. Turning the era’s censorship laws on their head, Bacall presented female audiences with someone they could identify with: a knows-what-she-wants girl who could express her sexuality without being labelled a villain. Continue reading Lauren Bacall: A Feminist’s Femme Fatale