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Nomadland: Nature, Home and Escaping Corporate Entrapment

When first entering the cinema with my housemate to see Chloe Zhao’s Nomadland, I didn’t really know what to expect. All I knew about this film, aside from that it is based on Jessica Bruder’s non-fiction, Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century, was what I had gathered from posters and advertisements: a rustic, cool-looking Frances McDormand gazing into the distance while wandering against a backdrop of barren, mountainous wastelands and picturesque sunrises. Continue reading Nomadland: Nature, Home and Escaping Corporate Entrapment

Review: Da 5 Bloods

Da 5 Bloods (2020) is Spike Lee’s latest release after his critically acclaimed BlacKkKlansman (2018), which won him his first Academy award. Lee’s constant stream of provocative and profound pieces has proven time and time again that he has “his finger on the pulse of modern America” (Mark Kermode). The plot follows four ex-GIs who return to Vietnam to recover the remains of their fallen comrade, the almost mythical, Black Panther-esque Stormin’ Norman. At least that’s their cover. In reality, they return to retrieve bars of gold that the American army stole from the North Vietnamese all those years ago. Continue reading Review: Da 5 Bloods

Secrets of a Briton in New York

Before my departure, the University of Exeter’s Study Abroad department held various meetings about what to expect when you… well, study abroad. They went into minute detail about the culture shock that we would face, and reiterated that there was a trained team in our chosen country to help us if things got a bit too overwhelming. I have to say that when I arrived, … Continue reading Secrets of a Briton in New York