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Culture Literature

N. K. Jemisin’s ‘The Fifth Season’ review: The last instalment of The Student’s lockdown literature challenge

Fantasy literature is traditionally considered a conservative genre. It is dominated by white men – from the writers, fans and critics to the very characters themselves. Its heroes frequently strive to maintain the status quo, rather than challenging the values of the world in which they live in. Indeed, its fanbase has sometimes proved remarkably […]

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Film

Hollywood hypocrisy and sustainable filmmaking

Leonardo DiCaprio is one of the most treasured actors of his generation, not just because of his undeniable talent but because of his relentless campaign for environmental reform. Yet he is a shining example of hypocrisy in the film industry. It’s not just that individual actors have been environmentally reckless; even the way we make […]

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Cult Column Film

Cult Column: In Bruges

There’s a certain thrill in discovering a film that feels like it was created specifically for you. It hasn’t, of course; let’s be honest, no one is that unique. But ultimately that doesn’t matter; those first ten minutes, where you discover something that reaches to the very core of you, stay in your memory long […]

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Film

The Decline of Superhero Films

The end is nigh for superhero films. At least this is what we’re told, every time a new one is badly reviewed or doesn’t do as well as expected. And it’s being said now, after Birds of Prey massively underperformed financially. They (whoever they may be) might be right. There’s only so long that the […]

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TV

Bojack Horseman

For 6 seasons Bojack Horseman has seen the titular anthropomorphic alcoholic stumble from destructive behaviour to rehabilitation and back again. Now, in its final season, he is finally forced to face the music and pay for his crimes. It’s a welcome development for those who feared that the washed up actor might escape the series […]

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News

Vice President Welfare wants “compassionate university”

Improving accessibility, tackling elitism, and improving mental health facilities are among the priorities for Edinburgh University Student Association’s newly-elected Vice President Welfare Oona Miller. In an exclusive interview with The Student, Oona discussed her plans for the remainder of her term, the relationship between VP Welfare and the university, and getting students involved. First on […]

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Features

Where neoliberlism stands in the globalised world

“Central Asia and Eastern Europe experienced post-communist extrication and the new international environment as independent states in very different manners. The Central Asian states were not transformed, as Eastern Europe was, by the forces of globalisation and interactions with Western states and international organisations. Quite the contrary, they innovatively used the new opportunities, institutions and […]

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Film Reviews

Missing Link

It’s rare that a studio puts as much love and care into each film they make as Laika. In ten years they’ve released five films, each lovingly crafted and infused with an oddball charm that distinguishes them from other family friendly films. Yet their particular brand of quirkiness can sometimes be a bit off-putting, making […]