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Review: Arlo Parks’ Collapsed in Sunbeams

After being longlisted for the BBC Sound of 2020, and then going on to be awarded theBBC Music Introducing Artist of the Year award last year, the release of Arlo Parks’ debut album was highly anticipated by many. As we find ourselves in midst of a third lockdown, this album has been released at the perfect time. Although the mornings and evenings are getting lighter, the prevailing restrictions mean we still can’t do the things that make this generally quite depressing time of year easier, but this album definitely helps. Collapsed in Sunbeams feels like a much-needed warm hug during a very long and grey winter. Continue reading Review: Arlo Parks’ Collapsed in Sunbeams

Review: Malcolm and Marie

3.5/5 stars ‘You wanna hurt me Marie?’ the chilling words spoken during an unfolding fight in the early hours of the morning following Malcolm’s big move premiere, ‘I can hurt you ten times worse.’ The first feature film to be entirely written, financed and produced during the COVID-19 pandemic, Malcolm & Marie stars Zendaya and John David Washington as a failed actress and growing filmmaker … Continue reading Review: Malcolm and Marie

The Future of Period Drama

[TW: Sexual abuse] Lately it has seemed impossible to chat with other students about what’s kept us busy in lockdown without Bridgerton popping up. The period drama set in Regency era London has fuelled everyone’s Netflix addictions since it premiered last December, attracting millions of viewers with its escapist settings, steamy romance plots, and costumes as vibrant as they are wildly historically inaccurate (which I’ll … Continue reading The Future of Period Drama

Review: Pieces of a Woman

Depicting miscarriage and stillbirth on screen has long been a difficult and sensitive topic. There is no easy way to portray the death of a baby, which is probably why Kornél Mundruczó didn’t try to present it as such. Pieces of a Woman, Mundruczó’s eighth feature film, follows couple Martha (Vanessa Kirby) and Sean (Shia LaBeouf) as they lose their new-born daughter and try to maintain the semblance of a life afterwards. Continue reading Review: Pieces of a Woman

Review: ‘Good Days’ by SZA

While the monotonous days of COVID-19 may not be the best, this song definitely is. For those who have been living under a rock this past month, ‘Good Days’ is the latest single to be released by R&B icon SZA. Arguably one of the hottest contemporary R&B artists in the game right now, SZA truly delivers with this latest track as she combines her unmatched vocals with a chilling melody to provide 4 minutes 40 seconds of pure bliss. Continue reading Review: ‘Good Days’ by SZA

My Culture Comforts: folklore by Taylor Swift

At the moment, in times when I feel overwhelmed or upset, my favourite music to listen to has been Taylor Swift’s album folklore. Despite only coming out midway through 2020, ‘cardigan’ was my most listened-to track on Spotify Wrapped, and I was honestly not at all surprised. I find the entirety of this album so soothing, definitely like a safety blanket. Every track has sing-a-long potential – belting out Taylor Swift bridges gives me an unreal amount of serotonin – while still being soft and emotional. The acoustic vibes are perfect for first thing in the morning or last thing at night. It’s nostalgic in a way that reminds me of Taylor’s earlier music – ‘betty’ has ‘You Belong With Me’ vibes and ‘exile’ reminds me of the kind of track that would be on her album Red. I just love the whole album – to me, it’s the best collection of music to come out of 2020, and I think I’ll treasure it for a very long time. Continue reading My Culture Comforts: folklore by Taylor Swift

Review: EUTCo’s Extracts from One for Sorrow

Exeter University Theatre Company’s (EUTCo) performance of extracts from their production One for Sorrow was powerful, intriguing, and tense. The experience of theatre over Zoom was something new for me, as I have not seen anything like this before (despite a neighbour having attended a Zoom pantomime, and my friends enjoying online concerts). I have always loved going to the theatre, and it is great that technology gives EUTCo the opportunity to present their performance to a widespread audience, despite not being able to showcase it in person. Continue reading Review: EUTCo’s Extracts from One for Sorrow

Review: Out of the Blue Theatre’s IMAGINARIUM

Confined to the safe and cosy space of my bedroom, Out of the Blue Theatre pierced my heart with their wonderful production, IMAGINARIUM. Out of the Blue has beautifully transformed theatre into a progressive, interactive, audio-immersive journey of the self. With no visual aids to help bring the production to life, you are dependent upon your own imagination. And so, the production establishes a collaborative process between listener and actor. This revolutionary creative form, which I can only describe as an amalgamation of theatre watching, meditating, and podcast listening, has cultivated a profoundly personal exploration of the unknown, which makes the impossible imaginable. Continue reading Review: Out of the Blue Theatre’s IMAGINARIUM