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Review: Cow

Andrea Arnold’s new film, Cow, is startlingly simple: it is an empathetic and moving portrayal of the dairy cow. Filmed over the course of four years, Cow follows the day-to-day life of a cow called Luma, in a series of close up shots that create a real sense of intimacy with the protagonist. Through the […]

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Culture Film Reviews

Review: The Real Charlie Chaplin

Both a critical profile of the great comedian and a history of cinematic stardom, The Real Charlie Chaplin, though not offering anything revelatory, is as thoughtful and incisive as the best documentaries should be. The question offered by the film’s title (who is the real man behind the mustache?) never receives a definitive answer, but […]

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TV

Documentary Pick- Dubai

Explore the darker side of Dubai in The Megacity Built by Slaves No stranger to controversy, Dubai has repeatedly made headlines of late- be it as the influencer’s choice of mid-pandemic getaway, or as the prison fled by Sheikh Mohammed’s wife and still missing daughter. And yet, the UAE’s most prized pearl continues to be […]

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TV

Reviewed: Can’t Get You Out of My Head

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ The late anthropologist David Graeber said, “the ultimate hidden truth of the world is that it is something we make and could just as easily make differently.” This quote was placed directly at the beginning of Adam Curtis’ new documentary series called Can’t Get You Out of My Head. In these six hour-and-bit long […]

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Lifestyle

We need to talk about Justin Timberlake’s “notes app apology”

Since its release, the internet has been gripped by The New York Times documentary, Framing Britney Spears, which details the rise, fall, and rise again of the iconic pop star. The viewer follows Britney’s journey as a young starlet on The Mickey Mouse Club, to a hyper-sexualised teeny bopper, to a shaven-head woman at her […]

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TV

Documentary pick- Siberia: The good, the bad and the freezing

When T.S. Eliot said April was the cruellest month, he clearly hadn’t endured a Scottish February- where a badly heated student flat offers little protection from the wind and rain forcing its way through rickety single-glazed windows.  If, like me, you find yourself wistfully craving the summer, I recommend you indulge in a little Schadenfreude […]

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Film

Stardust

1 star ⭐ CW: ableism It’s Oscar season, and one thing is certain: it’s Oscar-bait season too. A slew of films are inevitably thrown out in late autumn and winter in the hopes of catching the Academy’s attention at the right time, such as the dire Hillbilly Elegy (2020). Riding on the coattails of Bohemian […]

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TV

Investigating University of Edinburgh mental health: Review of EUTV’s first documentary

5 Stars ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ CW: mental health issues Whilst preserving our physical health is being broadcasted everywhere from radio stations to bus-stops right now, there is another health crisis ongoing too – a crisis in mental health. The pandemic has been mentally exhausting for us all. Even those practicing mindfulness and meditation […]