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Dancing Queen

Think RuPaul’s Drag Race meets Dance Moms and bam! You have Netflix’s new original series, Dancing Queen. Taking place in his hometown of Mesquite, Texas, this 8-episode season follows the life of Justin Johnson, professional dancer/studio owner by day and international drag superstar, Alyssa Edwards by night. Justin/Alyssa first graced our TV screens with their […]

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Culture Theatre

Going Slightly Mad

Ladywell Psychiatric Ward has a new in-patient. Unbeknownst to herself, Max has been sectioned. With the credence in her own godliness, the “gift” of telepathic communication, and the belief that this is all one big social experiment, Max is slowly coming to terms with life on the psyche ward. University of Edinburgh undergraduate and Edinburgh […]

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Dark Tourist

‘Dark tourism’ is the travel to and exploration of locations which are historically related to demise or devastation. This variety of places are precisely what New Zealand-born journalist David Farrier planned to study when he embarked on the creation of his Netflix original documentary, Dark Tourist. Each of the series’ 8 episodes follow Farrier to […]

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Film Reviews

The Nun

The Nun tells the story of a young sister’s apparent suicide at a remote abbey in the hills of Romania which Father Burke (Demian Bichir), a priest with experience in exorcism, and Sister Irene (Taissa Farmiga), a naïve novitiate with the “gift” of premonitions, are implored by the Vatican to investigate. With the help of […]

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Lifestyle Reviews

The Best dressed at The Oscars 2018

Though filled with every hope to bag themselves an Oscar, attendees of The 90th Academy Awards were also under pressure to be crowned victors of the red carpet. Here are some of the best dressed and most stylish stars from the 2018 Oscars ceremony. She may have missed out on securing an Oscar for her […]

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Troy: Fall of a City

As a Classics student and keen fanatic of mythology, you can imagine my anticipation upon hearing that the BBC was producing a historical-drama series. Their interpretation of Homer’s ‘Iliad’, Troy: Fall of a City, is far from a Greek tragedy. The series opens by portraying the prelude to the legendary Trojan War. A Trojan prince, Paris […]

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Modus

If asked to provide a single word to summarise the BBC 4 Swedish crime-drama series, Modus, ‘vexatious’ immediately comes to mind. Modus’ second series concerns the disappearance of U.S. President Helen Tyler (Kim Cattrall) during her first state visit to Sweden. Though residing in an ‘unknown’ location, the President still manages to slip away in […]

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Culture Literature

Anna

Niccolò Ammaniti’s Anna is a calamitous yet hopeful tale of survival, loss and companionship. The novel is set in the near future, where a virus, known only as “Red Fever,” has killed the entire adult population. Children, immune from the disease until puberty, prevail as the rulers of civilisation. With the epidemic having spread across Europe […]