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Is Netflix’s Cowboy Bebop adaptation doomed from the start?

There is something about a live action anime adaptation that people can’t quite seem to get right. The track record over the last few years is less spotty and more a complete wash – with stinkers such as Dragon Ball, Ghost in the Shell, The Last Airbender and more recently Netflix’s much derided Death Note […]

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Squid Game: Review

It’s 2021—that quirky fix of Menippean horror-thriller is long overdue. Thankfully, the wait is over. Squid Game, directed and written by Hwang Dong-Hyuk, crafts its characters artfully, slaughters them surgically, dunks you in despair, and makes you marinate in fear. Gi-Hun (Lee Jung-Jae) is our goofy, Shaftesburian protagonist with a gambling addiction, a broken family, […]

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A Quiet Place Part II – Review

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ When A Quiet Place silenced cinemas across the globe in terror and awe back in 2018, its creators never intended to release a follow up. Even when director and lead actor John Krasinski became fixated on the idea of reproducing the success of his directorial debut, he failed to inspire both Scott Beck […]

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Tom & Jerry: The Movie review – don’t bother

Rating – ⭐⭐ Usually it’s easy to get a film review to an appropriate length – good films have plenty to rave about, bad films have plenty to rant about, and mediocre-to-unremarkable films can be broken down into their interesting parts. Tom and Jerry: The Movie, of all films, is somehow so unappealing, so vanilla, […]

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Hooray we met Max!

After Alexa bumped into @ItIsMaxHooray, the Edinburgh University Student turned TikTok star with over 100,000 followers, walking in the meadows, she and Aron had a wee chat with him on Zoom. Alexa – Your Tiktoks are known for their humour, do you have a background in any comedy societies or theatre? Max – Kind of, […]

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Oscar Nominations 2021: A Year of Firsts

The past year has by no means been easy. As a society we have been asked to stay at home, witnessed injustice, protested and seen governments change, all whilst trying to tackle an international pandemic. However, the film industry has also seen a lot of change, which is evident in this year’s Academy Award nominees. […]

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Sashay away, UK. Lawrence, you stay.

“If you can’t love yourself, then how the hell you gonna love somebody else?” The empowering message of self-love announced by Ru Paul, fittingly, at the end of each show. Like the hem of one of Ellie Diamond’s hand-stitched dolly skirts, the second season of the fabulous Ru Paul’s Drag Race UK has come to an […]

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“These Black Girls Need to be in the Shows”

It doesn’t matter if you’re black or white. It is a saying that has been long perpetuated and one would think that, by now, it would be as ingrained in our understanding the same way as basic math. But whilst the statement certainly rings true, there is a whole other dimension to it. What if […]