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Driver’s License: a perfect storm of TikTok and Gen Z

Sometimes, success arrives slowly. It can take years to build a base, move forward, to finally catch fire. But sometimes, it all happens very quickly. Seventeen-year-old Disney darling Olivia Rodrigo is the latest artist to break out with such speed that if you blinked, you may have missed it. Her debut single ‘Driver’s License’ has […]

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Taylor Swift’s evolution continues with Evermore

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ In mid-July, Taylor Swift disbanded everything she had ever known about album-making. Gone was the scientific build up, the social media easter eggs: she announced a quarantine album a short sixteen hours before its release. Folklore marked a new age for Swift. An evidently fruitful age it seems, as less than six months […]

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Music

Albums of the year: Fiona Apple and Dua Lipa

Fiona Apple: Fetch the Bolt Cutters It was in early lockdown that slight recluse and music veteran Fiona Apple unleashed her fifth album – her first in eight years – upon the world.  For many artists, the pandemic was a death-like blow to strategic, meticulous album releases that required a full lap of the late-night […]

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TV

Keeping Up With The Kardashians: the end of an era?

The rise and rise of the Kardashian family has been, as was always intended, well-documented. Premiering in late 2007, their eponymous show featured Juicy Couture-laden Kim and her wealthy, wannabe family in their daily disputes in the Hollywood Hills. As the series has rattled on, the family has morphed from wealthy and connected to culturally […]

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Film Reviews

Miss Americana

“I just need to make a better record,” Taylor Swift says on the phone to her publicist after finding out that her then-newest album, the bite-back Reputation, had been shut out of every major Grammys category. “This is fine,” she says, fairly unconvincingly. So begins Miss Americana, Netflix’s new Lana Wilson-directed documentary depicting the recent […]

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TV

Cheer

Cheerleading, a sport conceived to be on the side lines, becomes the unfiltered main event in the newest of Netflix’s original series, Cheer. The six-part show depicts the highs, lows and in-betweens of the cheerleaders of Navarro College, Texas, a small college in a small place that houses one of the most dominant cheerleading teams […]

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Derry Girls

Growing up is an ugly, awkward affair. And teenage life set against a backdrop of nineties popular culture, Catholicism and a civil war is still, unfortunately, teenage life, as is Channel 4’s hit comedy Derry Girls shows. It follows a rambunctious quartet of girls – and all their misadventures – living in Derry, Northern Ireland during […]

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Film

Last Christmas

Everyone who was present and correct on the internet around 2013 will remember the short stories that would circulate the web, articulating the very specific moments in the relationships of an anonymous ‘boy’ and ‘girl’. Well, those long-since dead Tumblr stories have come to life in screenwriter Emma Thompson’s attempt at holiday romance, which has […]