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In Defence Of… Dune (1984)

Frank Herbert’s classic Sci-Fi Novel, Dune, has been adapted for the big screen once again. In light of the praise that Denis Villeneuve’s film has received, it is perhaps worth reflecting on the first, and much maligned, attempt to adapt the book. The near-universal contempt for David Lynch’s Dune (1984) may be surprising for those […]

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A year on, ‘Starmerism’ appears to be fizzling out

When Keir Starmer became leader of the Labour Party last year, many Labour members and voters were cautiously optimistic. With good experience in government, and a background in Labour’s soft left, his ascension promised to unify the party and restore it as a vibrant and eminently electable political force. But despite some initial enthusiasm in […]

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Navy Blue matures in his sophomore offering

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ On Song of Sage: Post Panic! Navy Blue places himself within an emerging movement of alternative Hip Hop that draws from deep within the culture’s history while finding space to experiment. The most obvious comparison stylistically would be with Earl Sweatshirt, who Navy Blue collaborated with on Earl’s 2018 classic Some Rap Songs. […]

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Conspiracy theories are on the rise, but an uncritical faith in authority is not the answer

2020 saw a notable increase in the popularity of conspiracy theories, such as QAnon, anti-vaxxer, and Covid-19 denial theories, mostly originating from the USA. Many of these theories draw on well-established conspiracy theories, adapting these for relevant contemporary issues like the coronavirus pandemic and the 2020 US presidential election. While conspiracy theories were once seen […]

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The Minimalists: Less is Now

⭐ ⭐ 2 stars The world we live in is characterised largely by the immense accumulation of things. It has never been easier to buy consumer goods; sites like amazon allow us to have whatever we want sent directly to us, sometimes in a matter of hours. The rising minimalist movement has tried to push […]

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Cult Column: Withnail and I

Mark Fisher once described the 1970s as an immense collective comedown from the high of the 1960s. As economies began to stagnate and counterculture lost its edge, a great cultural malaise began to set in. No film captures this sense of the end of an era better than Bruce Robinson’s Withnail and I (1987). Set […]

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The Devil All the Time

Director Antonio Campos is well  known for making films that deal unabashedly with the dark and morbid. His new film The Devil All the Time continues the exploration of these themes, though it falls flat in not having a clear idea of what it wants to do with them. It is an irritatingly inconsistent film. […]

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New Beabadoobee lacks her original sound

Whenever an artist whose career began purely on YouTube or SoundCloud announces a full studio album, it can create a certain type of nervousness. Indie pop artists like Clairo tend to abandon their lo-fi aesthetic in their debut favouring a more generic, sometimes overproduced, pop sound. This always feels like a loss: these artists thrived […]