The 1840s potato famine in Ireland is not the most obvious choice for the setting of a violent cat and mouse chase. And yet director Lance Daly has gone for it, resulting in a rather drab and boring film that fails to maintain intrigue or interest. Continue reading Review: Black ’47
To many of you, I’m sure Friday Night Dinner is already a beloved modern classic. It was to my friends’ upmost surprise when I recently announced that I had never watched the programme before. Previously, when I had heard other people discussing it, I had ignorantly dismissed it as being just another Come Dine With Me style cooking show. When I finally got round to giving it a watch, I was undoubtedly stunned to find it was quite the opposite of the tame cooking show I had been imagining. Within a few minutes, I found myself close to tears as a result of laughing so much. Instantly, I felt accustomed to the characters and to the setting. Continue reading Autumn TV Pick: Shalom, Friday Night Dinner!
It is surprising that almost 50 years on from the infamous 1969 moon landing, few have tried to display the iconic events in a feature film. Damien Chazelle has changed that with his third directorial outing, First Man, a biopic which traces the experiences of the first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong. For Chazelle, First Man represents a considerable shift from his previous body of work which focused more upon musicianship. However, like Whiplash and La La Land, Chazelle’s new film is fundamentally about an individual’s desire to achieve something truly great.
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Having lived in a Muslim country all my life, the contrast between the oppressive Islamic society and the individual lives depicted in Tehran Taboo is all too familiar. The movie follows the lives of three characters: Pari, a woman with a six-year-old son forced into prostitution due to the lack of financial support from her imprisoned, drug addicted husband; Babak, a musician who has sex … Continue reading Review: ‘Tehran Taboo’
I entered the M&D room with little idea of what to expect, however, EUTCO’s The Shape of Things took me by surprise. For most of its two-hour duration, the play is an intense and voyeuristic examination of two couples, along with the diverse and ever-changing relationships between the four individuals. However, the final scene unravels much of what the audience has come to believe to be the truth about the characters. Facades crumble, lies emerge, and the audience is left questioning the truth of their own life, just as much as the truth of the play. Continue reading Review: EUTCo’s ‘The Shape of Things’
The ‘Women of the World Festival’ (WOW) was founded in 2010 by Jude Kelly, and this year marked the 2nd annual WOW Exeter event, which welcomed female artists, writers, politicians, comedians, activists and more to discuss and celebrate their achievements. The varied activities on offer over the weekend sought to inspire future generations while also discuss the issues limiting women’s full potential. Continue reading Review: Women of the World Festival, Exeter
“You’re a legend, Freddy.” “We are all legends”.
To this day, Queen remains one of the most iconic rock groups of all times. With songs like ‘We Will Rock You’ and ‘We Are The Champions’, it’s easy to get nostalgic about their era and feel compelled to sing along. So, if you are looking for an afternoon filled with drama, excitement and longing for the good old days, this new film, celebrating the lives of Queen, is out now! Bohemian Rhapsody takes us back in time to experience the epic band’s rise to fame starring Ben Hardy as Roger Taylor, Gwilym Lee as Brian May, Joseph Mazzello as John Deacon and of course Rami Malek as the acclaimed Freddie Mercury. Continue reading Review: Bohemian Rhapsody