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Art Culture

Brooklyn Museum’s virtual roundtable: ‘The Future of the Museum’

The cultural events of 2020 and the decade as a whole are enormously overwhelming, but the Brooklyn Museum provided such a helpful, concise, yet thoughtful roundtable this month that brought together renowned curators to discuss the role of the institution and how it can and should adapt. 2020 was a catalytic year: conversations about race, […]

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Film

Death to 2020 review- a crap film to end a crap year

2 stars The highlight of the festive TV watching in my house was never The Queen’s Speech, or Doctor Who, or The Big Fat Quiz of the Year. For my Dad and I, it was Charlie Brooker’s Wipes, the Black Mirror creator’s annual look at the world and how it had gone down the pan […]

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Film Reviews

Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm proves a timely triumph

The year is 2100. A history teacher wants to teach their class all about the strange, dark times known as the early 2020s. What contemporary film could perfectly encapsulate all the troubling mentalities and societal divisions brought to the fore in that disturbed year? Could such a film do that while still being wildly entertaining […]

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Music Singles

Sam Smith shows maturity on Diamonds

It has been said that music has the ability to strike a chord within someone only when it hits closest to home. Sam Smith, iconic English singer-songwriter, is a super-human of sorts as he has the ability to make everyone (literally everyone) relate to the anecdotal experience in his lyrics – no matter if  you’re […]

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Comment

Remembering the ‘Notorious RBG’: what it means to be an American

“I ask no favour for my sex… All I ask of our brethren, is that they take their feet, off our necks.” The honourable Ruth Bader Ginsburg uttered these words in 1973 when she presented her first case in front of the Supreme Court as a litigator for the Women’s Right Project of the American […]

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Culture Literature

‘Relaxed-fit Gap jeans and light beer’: a review of Teddy Wayne’s ‘Apartment’

Teddy Wayne, an author already praised by the American press for Apartment, sets the scene of his novel in mid-nineties New York — ‘an edgeless era of global-superpower peace and American prosperity,’ and what his narrator describes as ‘relaxed-fit Gap jeans and light beer.’ Inserting the characters into such a timeline imbues readers with a […]

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Features Lifestyle

Night at the Museum: fashion for the ages

Beneath a soaring glass atrium, weaving in-between world culture artefacts the Edinburgh Charity Fashion Show officially took place last weekend. Diverse and artistic collections took centre stage bringing the museum and all its culture to life, showcasing moving works of art that captured the imagination and attention of hundreds of guests that came to experience […]

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Film

Are the BAFTAs becoming irrelevant?

Unsurprising, and yet outrageous. These adjectives perhaps best describe this year’s BAFTAs. All 20 Acting nominations were given to white performers, and once again the Best Director category was an all-male affair. This isn’t due to a lack of excellent works by women and people of colour; in reality the situation is quite the opposite. […]