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Culture Edinburgh International Film Festival Film Reviews

EIFF 2022: Flux Gourmet Review

In the past decade, Peter Strickland has emerged as one of Britain’s most exciting filmmaking voices. What makes his work so distinctive and so recognisable after only a handful of films is his fetishistic attention to sensory detail. Numerous critics have described his work as ‘cinema of the senses’, and it is true that by […]

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Fringe Theatre

Fringe 2022: 9 Circles Review

9 Circles is a psychological thriller and character study, exploring themes of soldiers’ personal responsibility for their wartime actions, and the immorality of war itself. It follows the character of Private Daniel Reeves (played by Joshua Collins) as he is discharged from the US army and tried in federal and military court for raping a […]

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Fringe Theatre

Fringe 2022: Blueballs Review

Blueballs is a multi-layered, gripping, and intelligent play that is a convincing feminist rendition of the tale Bluebeard for our times.

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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 Reviews TV

BBC’s Time Review

TW: Mentions of rape/abuse Rating – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ The latest BBC crime drama to bless our screens, Time, is an outstanding triumph. Not only is it masterfully crafted, continuously both terrifying and heart-breaking, it sends a profoundly important message to a nation whose prison system is in dire need of radical reform. Sean Bean stars as […]

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TV

Deutschland 89- Review

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ As Parasite director Bong Joon-Ho opined at the 2020 Oscars, “once you overcome the one-inch-tall barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many more amazing films.” The sentiment is just as true of television, as I’m sure many Scandi noir fans will attest. This week I’ve been watching Deutschland 89, the […]

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Music

Taylor’s version: a story of industry ownership and creative growth

Last week Taylor Swift announced the first stage of her re-recording of her catalogue following the 2019 sale of her masters to Scooter Braun. In a highly anticipated post on social media, Swift revealed the re-recorded and aptly titled ‘Taylor’s version’ of her second album Fearless would be released April 9th, with the re-recorded lead […]

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Film

The Dig

Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ There can be magic in simplicity. The story at the heart of Simon Stone’s The Dig (released on Netflix) is, indeed, very simple: an archaeologist digs up an important find. But this is a tale that ends up having potency, poignancy and intense charisma behind the curtain. The heartfelt dynamics […]