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2020: A Year that Left us Speechless, Yet Indescribable in just One Word

Conflicting with their standing traditions, Oxford English Dictionary (OED) has struggled to narrow down their findings to a singular term for their annual Word of the Year. In precedented times, the word would stand as a tribute to the English language and a reflection of the most popular, and suitable summary, of the previous 365 days. Usually taking the form of the latest zeitgeist creation, … Continue reading 2020: A Year that Left us Speechless, Yet Indescribable in just One Word

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Creative Corner: The Last Train Home

This is it. The final connection. You shuffle your orange tickets between your trembling, flaking, ice-cold fingers and brush an unruly wisp of hair behind an exposed ear. A litany of tinny carols reverberates down the platform, and the scattered Christmas lights of reds, pinks, greens, yellows, and blues shudder in the foggy distance, falling casualty to the terrorising wind. You glance up and down … Continue reading Creative Corner: The Last Train Home

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A Very Covid Christmas

Christmas – ‘the most wonderful time of the year’ December usually brings festive parties, dinners, and drinks with friends and family. It can often feel as though the world comes to a holt in order to celebrate the national holiday. However, due to COVID-19, 2020 has been a year unlike any other and with Christmas quickly approaching we can expect an unconventional holiday season. The … Continue reading A Very Covid Christmas

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Reviews in Retrospect: Get Out

When you think of racism in America, what comes to mind? Images of right-wing rednecks wearing red caps, cries of making America ‘great again’, and promises of building a wall can feature as assumptions associated with ideas of modern racism in society. Well, Jordan Peele in his directorial debut avoids such stereotypes. Labelled by Peele as a ‘social thriller’, Get Out questions the idea of … Continue reading Reviews in Retrospect: Get Out

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Reading Corner: Winter Recommendations

With autumn coming to a close and the winter holidays in the not-so-distant future, we all need some good reads to occupy our time with.   From cosy classics to horror novels, here are some of the books that will be keeping me entertained this season.  A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens  A classic which fully embodies the essence of Christmas – introspective and heart-warming, this book is a must-read for the holidays. I highly suggest lighting some candles, making yourself a hot beverage, … Continue reading Reading Corner: Winter Recommendations

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Review: Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square

And just like that, it’s December. 2020 has certainly been a weird, whirlwind of a year, but we can always count on one continued tradition: the annual Netflix Original Christmas film. And this year, in true 2020 style, Netflix really went for it. Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square has undeniably earnt the title of a Netflix Original, as I can easily say there is … Continue reading Review: Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square

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Intimacy and Isolation: Coordinating Intimate Scenes on Production Sets

Intimacy onscreen has been an ever-evolving phenomenon. Starting out as a somewhat taboo aspect of narrative, intimate scenes were often avoided by swift cuts or cameras panning urgently away. But all this did was rob us of sentimental moments. There was even a time, and I think this is still the case for some people’s perspectives, when anything of an intimate nature was flippantly labelled … Continue reading Intimacy and Isolation: Coordinating Intimate Scenes on Production Sets

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Review: Re-Animator by Everything Everything

Inconsistent but with moments of brilliance, and what might be one of the most important songs of the year. 3.5/5 stars Manchester Prog-Rock/Pop outfit Everything Everything turned heads with their 2015 album, Get to Heaven, and have rarely disappointed since. Frontman Jonathan Higgs proved himself a writer attuned to current affairs, with the band hiding weighty political ideas behind catchy melodies and fast paced rhythms. … Continue reading Review: Re-Animator by Everything Everything