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Toronto Film Festival Roundup

Every year in September, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) returns, hoping to present the best Canadian and International cinema. This year it ran from September 8 to 18 and offered film screenings, workshops, and discussions, among other activities for attendees. Unlike other global film festivals, TIFF allows the festival’s attendees to give out the […]

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Review: Crimes of the Future

One of the first images we see in David Cronenberg’s new film Crimes of the Future is a small boy eating a plastic bin, foaming at the mouth. He does not seem to register that this is unusual, but his mother clearly feels differently: she responds by smothering him with a pillow. Opening with an […]

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Edinburgh set to host ‘Cities of Literature’ Conference

Edinburgh is set to host the UNESCO ‘Cities of Literature’ conference in 2024, marking 20 years since it was named the world’s first City of Literature in 2004 as the founding member. It is a title that was thought up in Edinburgh by members of the City of Literature trust.   Edinburgh was named as a […]

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EIBF 2022: Noam Chomsky, ‘Dissent Across the Decades’

It’s a wonder at this stage in his career that 93-year old Linguist Noam Chomsky is able to show up to any event at all, let alone engage in an hour-long discussion concerning complex topics at the behest of the paying British public, so his remote appearance at the Edinburgh Book Festival was bound to […]

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J.K. Rowling and Transphobia: How to Be Your Own Worst Enemy

The world’s deepest man-made hole, named the Kola Superdeep Borehole, plummets more than 4,230 feet into the earth, reaching well over an impressive 12 kilometres.  Legend has it that if you go right down to the bottom, you will find J.K Rowling still hacking away with a shovel in both hands.  There are many ways […]

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Review: See How They Run

The “murder mystery” once filled British bookcases and cinemas. Whilst the novels of Agatha Christie remain popular, murder mystery films had largely disappeared. That was, until the brilliant Knives Out was released in 2019. This film acknowledged the ridiculousness of the genre but pushed it further, creating a great meta-comedy which subverted the genre’s tropes. […]

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Review: Bodies Bodies Bodies

Fuelled by cocaine, comedy and a Charli XCX soundtrack, Bodies Bodies Bodies makes an unlikely slasher. As a strange trail of mystery killings unravels one by one at a “hurricane party” in a mansion, a friendship group must figure out who is the murderer before they are next. In its remote, American environment, it feels […]

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In Defence Of: Practical Magic

CW: domestic abuse, violence Every September, as soon as jumper weather arrives and the leaves start changing colour, I welcome in the Autumn by watching Practical Magic. It’s a perfect seasonal film, featuring witches, idyllic New England landscapes, and a soundtrack full of Stevie Nicks and Joni Mitchell. What’s not to love? A lot, according […]