Netflix Round-Up: House of Cards

In the three years since the premiere of House of Cards, television has changed dramatically. Rather than being forced to limit ourselves to one morsel of a story every week, we are increasingly given whole seasons of our favourite shows on a single day, and ‘binge-watching’ has become an acceptable pastime. Given the precedent set […]

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Review: Room

Lenny Abrahamson’s awards-tipped drama, Room, threatens to be nothing short of a two hour emotional bludgeoning of the audience at the hands of a story all the more nightmarish for its basis in fact. Brie Larson plays Joy Newsome, incarcerated for seven years along with her five year old son, Jack, (Jacob Tremblay), for whom […]

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Netflix Round-Up: Jessica Jones

Like many people these days, I’m getting pretty sick of the seemingly unending deluge of superhero movies and TV shows being thrown at our faces. It seems you can’t go five minutes without running into another comic book adaptation a studio’s desperately trying to crowbar into a ‘cinematic universe’, and despite some being perfectly good […]

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Nostalgia Review: Disney’s Fantasia

Fantasia. It’s the movie snob’s Disney film of choice, featuring some of the most imaginative and gorgeous animation the studio’s ever produced, set to beautiful classical music. It’s iconic, artistic and groundbreaking in demonstrating the scope of what animation could do and the potential of Disney as a film studio. For me? It taught me […]

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Nostalgia Review: Raven

Great journalism isn’t about writing the stories you want to write, it’s about writing the stories that need to be written. At a time when students have been roundly criticised for creating a culture of campus censorship, journalists must, now more than ever, not be afraid to document the issues that matter and strike a […]

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Review: War and Peace

The BBC certainly cannot be criticised for lacking ambition; producing a fresh interpretation of Tolstoy’s magnum opus is no easy task, particularly with scores of previous interpretations already available and a veritable masterpiece as its source. As with any adaptation, the transfer from page to screen meant the risk of losing the original’s charm – […]

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Review: Making a Murderer

Good grief, you do not want to stand trial in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, any time soon. For Steven Avery, unfortunately, this is becoming something of a bad habit. His murder trial is the subject of Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos’s 10-hour Netflix documentary series, Making a Murderer. If you pride yourself on keeping relatively abreast […]

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Review: The Big Short

In 2008, the financial crisis caused depreciation in investment of over forty per cent[1]– unemployment and bankruptcy followed as viscous circle of financial panic consumed the world economy. In this context, The Big Short’s Ben Rickert (Brad Pitt) tells us that “for every one percent unemployment goes up, forty thousand people die”, a claim likely […]

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Review: The Revenant

When watching The Revenant, you don’t feel like you’re just watching a film – it’s an experience. This tale of revenge, inspired by the life of Hugh Glass, a frontiersman in the South during the 1820s, is one of the most intense and gripping films to hit the big screen in a long time. But for […]

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Alan Rickman: A Tribute

For a long time, you’d have been forgiven for associating Alan Rickman with the typecast ‘bad guy’. His career certainly started that way, with his seductive portrayal of the mordant villain Valmont in Christopher Hampton’s 1986 stage production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses. His arrival on the film scene, too, saw him play a trio of […]

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Review: Dickensian

Scrooge, Mr Bumble and Miss Havisham together at last – it was the best of times! For entertainment value, Dickensian has lived up to the hype, with the colourful array of characters providing comedy and drama, as one would rightly expect from such impressive source material and a stellar cast. Yet for the hardcore Dickens […]

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