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Jean Luc-Godard – A Filmmaker That Lived and Died on his Own Terms

Jean-Luc Godard, who always forged his own way in cinema- leading The French New Wave and later the radical film movement- forged his own way in death. Aged 91, he chose to die by assisted suicide at his home in Switzerland. Sight & Sound magazine once ranked him as the third most influential director of […]

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TV

Ridley Road review: Right target, wrong delivery

Rating- ⭐⭐⭐ BBC period dramas are a constant game of hit and miss. Some, such as the infamous Peaky Blinders, creep into the Netflix streaming stratosphere and sustain huge followings. Others, such as Black Narcissus, fall somewhat under the radar and maintain their spot on the BBC iPlayer box set page. Ridley Road is the […]

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Culture Film

Last Night in Soho: A Well-intentioned Mess

Rating: ⭐⭐ Edgar Wright’s much-anticipated new release, Last Night in Soho, is a visual extravaganza of a time-warping thriller on trauma, sexual assault, and righting the wrongs of our past. We follow aspiring fashion designer Eloise (Thomasin McKenzie) as, upon moving to London, she begins to have vivid visions of Soho in the 1960s. Eloise’s […]

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Cult Column

Cult Column: If….

Lindsay Anderson’s If…. (1968) is a somewhat under-appreciated masterpiece. Produced in the midst of the sixties’ counterculture movement, it explores themes of rebellion in a way that is both evocative and surreal. The film follows three lower sixth formers at an English boarding school in their struggle against the stiff and repressive school establishment. In […]

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Film

The Trial of Christine Keeler

Content warning: mentions of sexual abuse and abortion It goes without saying that historical dramas are predictable; the audience knows what will happen before the episode begins, plot twists and all. BBC’s new six-part drama The Trial of Christine Keeler refreshingly manages to avoid this obstacle by focusing on Keeler herself, avoiding a stale retelling […]

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Culture Literature

On Five Dollars a Day

On turning the final page of this book, one could be forgiven for expecting to find an index of European place names and attractions, such is the academic and yet highly informative and interesting nature of On Five Dollars a Day. In fact, James W. Macnutt should probably have also included a bibliography, listing Mark […]

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Culture Literature

From Renaissance to Referendum: Poetry Culture and Politics

Scotland’s national identity has always been intertwined with art, music and most importantly, literature. From the publication of Blind Harry’s The Wallace to September 2014 by Carol Ann Duffy, lyrics of the time have shaped the idea of Scotland and vice versa. Never was this more true than in the post-war years that came to […]