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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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Review: Emily in Paris

Netflix’s new comedy-drama Emily in Paris, created by Darren Star (Beverely Hills, 90210, Sex and the City), is what happens when the over-romanticisation of Paris meets the under-representation of female screen characters with any depth or originality. Sorry, maybe that’s a bit harsh. But you can’t set a TV show in an iconic European city and make the premise of said show about how many … Continue reading Review: Emily in Paris

Review: Criminal UK

*Spoiler Alert* Season 2 of Criminal UK has just come out on Netflix and, while it may be just what we need right now to distract us from our post-summer COVID-19 self-pity party, the premise of some of the episodes is slightly troubling – and not just in the way that they are supposed to be. Each episode follows a different suspect with the same … Continue reading Review: Criminal UK

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Private School TikToks: What Drives Pop Culture’s Continued Fascination with the 7%?

I’m not a frequent Tik-Tok user and, after stumbling upon the trend “#privateschool”, I can’t say this is going to change. Since the start of the year, videos of Britain’s most wealthy teens have started to rack up millions of views online and I was curious to see what the hype was about. To summarise, and to save you from watching them yourselves, these Tik-Toks … Continue reading Private School TikToks: What Drives Pop Culture’s Continued Fascination with the 7%?

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Social Discoing: The Persistence of Party Culture

Clubbing and COVID-19 are not a match made in heaven, to say the least. While the two completely juxtapose one another, club owners and managers are trying desperately to work within restrictions to keep their businesses afloat. Prior to the 10pm curfew, many club goers were offered a COVID-friendly way to enjoy a booze-fuelled night with their friends. Table service and seated dancing acted as … Continue reading Social Discoing: The Persistence of Party Culture

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Academic Resolutions

Quarantine, for me, was not necessarily the productive period I anticipated when it was first announced. Setting ambitious goals in which I had ‘no excuse’ not to complete for the entirety of summer, I had such high hopes that I’d pull one of those ‘summer glow ups’ and actually get my life together. Yet rolling around to August, the majority of which still remain uncomplete or even started. In moving over some of these goals into the next academic year, I hope to get the most out of my time, especially in a social climate in which our short time as students is thrown into uncertainty. Continue reading Academic Resolutions

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Reviews in Retrospect: All About Love by bell hooks

“Without justice there can be no love.” There’s something incredibly special about a book that is both politically powerful yet therapeutic, both critical and healing. bell hooks’ 1999 book All About Love: New Visions is one of these. Exploring the psychological and social complexities of love in the modern world, bell hooks offers “a hopeful, joyous vision of love’s transformative power.” She shares incredible critical insight about a wide range of topics: the patriarchal values that shape relationships, the harmful connotations of the ideal family, and how male-written self-help books often feed into women’s insecurities, rather than boosting their confidence. All About Love is a genuinely helpful read — one that can revolutionise your thinking about the wider world and give realistic advice about caring for yourself and others in everyday life. Continue reading Reviews in Retrospect: All About Love by bell hooks

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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