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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

Pride Culture Comforts: Queer Eye

Queer Eye (available on Netflix) is the embodiment of a ‘Pride Culture Comfort’. Watching the “heroes” evolve is incredibly heartwarming: it is so special how the Fab Five enables their confidence to grow and equips them with tools to express their true selves. If you’re like me, most episodes will have you in tears – even the very first is a one-way ticket to Emotionville, courtesy of Tom’s massive (and lovable) transformation. Even if the hero isn’t queer themselves, the Fab Five’s backgrounds and life experiences allow them to connect and have meaningful discussions. This is not just through Karamo’s “therapizing”, but also through their relationships with: church and religion, homelessness, race, gender identity, strained family relations, business, bullying, health, and more. Continue reading Pride Culture Comforts: Queer Eye

Review: Money Heist

Money Heist (La casa de papel) is one of the best shows on Netflix. It is gritty, addictive, and thought-provoking – a must watch. The Spanish language thriller follows a group of criminals, known as the resistance, who attempt to rob Spain’s Royal Mint through a complex plan strategized by their leader, the Professor. To keep their identities hidden, the members of the group each give themselves the names of cities such as Tokyo, Rio, and Nairobi. This marks them as the underdogs of society, endearing us to them from the outset. Continue reading Review: Money Heist

Living for Killing Eve: Ep. 8 – Are You Leading or Am I?

**SPOILERS AHEAD** Co-written by current showrunner Suzanne Heathcote and season four showrunner Laura Neal, ‘Are You Leading or Am I?’ is a satisfying ending to a rollercoaster of a season. It ends with less of a bang than the previous two seasons, but by no means with fewer twists. It sees Villanelle throw in the towel on her career as an assassin, and Eve turns … Continue reading Living for Killing Eve: Ep. 8 – Are You Leading or Am I?

Living for Killing Eve: Ep. 7 – Beautiful Monster

**SPOILERS AHEAD**

‘Beautiful Monster’ ramps up Killing Eve’s pace. While series three has taken a more languid quality, prioritising character development over fast-paced action, the penultimate episode returns to an intensity reminiscent of the earlier series, building towards the series finale. This makes for the most exciting episode of the series so far, pushing closer to solving the series’ mysteries and providing some shock moments along the way. Continue reading Living for Killing Eve: Ep. 7 – Beautiful Monster

Review: Never Have I Ever

**SPOILERS AHEAD** Netflix’s new coming-of-age show Never Have I Ever ticks all the boxes for a series of its genre. It’s funny, sweet and charming, with fifteen-year-old protagonist Devi coming across as lovable and, at times, frustrating. We empathise with her and her problems, mostly grieving for her father, struggling with bullies at school, pressure from her family, and making big mistakes, all with typical teenage … Continue reading Review: Never Have I Ever

Living for Killing Eve: Ep.6 – End of Game

**SPOILERS AHEAD** ‘End of Game’ opens on Eve visiting Niko in hospital, only to be told to “piss off forever,” before deliberating with Kenny’s ex-colleagues over the murder attempt, which she is adamant was not Villanelle and connects to Dasha, whom she pays a visit. Speaking of, Villanelle, having severed all ties to her biological family in the previous episode, seems to turn her attention … Continue reading Living for Killing Eve: Ep.6 – End of Game

Review: Normal People

Sometimes, a book comes along that makes you feel like you’ve been uprooted and transposed into the lives of the characters it’s following. Normal People, for me, was just like that. I wept throughout, and stayed up multiple nights to finish it, fully engrossed in the lives of Connell and Marianne. When I heard about the BBC adaptation, the first emotion I felt was nervousness. So many books I’ve adored have been adapted, to varying degrees of success, and I didn’t want Normal People to be another Percy Jackson (sorry Logan Lerman). In fact, I felt so much trepidation surrounding the series that I was scared to even press play on the first episode. To my relief, it delivered – and was even more beautiful than I could have imagined.   Continue reading Review: Normal People

Living for Killing Eve: Ep. 4 – Still Got It

‘Still Got It’ is as dark as it is captivating. It opens on Niko delivering bread to villagers in his native Poland having left Eve and the UK behind. Obviously, this being Killing Eve, the peace doesn’t last, and Nico is quickly reminded of reality with Eve’s constant messaging, which he ignores. Eve herself is haunted and conflicted. She has taken to sleeping in the Bitter Pill office as opposed to her flat, presumably due to Villanelle’s latest ‘gift’. Dejected and guilt-ridden, she has a few crotchety interactions with Kenny’s ex co-workers before receiving yet another reminder that Villanelle is still fixated on her: a birthday cake in the shape of a red bus. Continue reading Living for Killing Eve: Ep. 4 – Still Got It