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The White Tiger

Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ The White Tiger is a gritty, witty and immersive crime drama, based on the New York Times bestseller of the same name by Aravind Adiga. Directed by Ramin Bahrani, the cinematic adaptation follows the metamorphosis of Balram (Adarsh Gourav) from a servile driver for his wealthy master Ashok (Rajkummar Rao) […]

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Parasite’s Oscar success: a new era or the prolonging of outdated Hollywood tradition?

The Oscars 2020 was certainly full of surprises. From Joaquin Phoenix’ impassioned speech about injustice and the environment, to Idina Menzel’s rather kooky performance of ‘Into the Unknown’ and James Corden and Rebel Wilson presenting the award for the best visual effects in fur-suits mocking the appalling CGI of the film Cats. But nothing was […]

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Film Reviews

Parasite

Where do I even begin with this film? Parasite is entertaining yet intelligent, intense yet hilarious, and above all, totally inventive. Director Bong Joon-ho has said that the less one knows about the plot, the better. I happen to agree, and will therefore honour and echo his sentiment by simply describing this film as follows: […]

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Parasite; foreign language goes mainstream

Parasite won big at the Academy Awards, and on the other side of the world, an entire country was celebrating. Parasitebroke boundaries by being the only international film ever to win the most coveted prize, Best Picture. It might just be the most significant Oscar victory in history. To understand the magnitude of this victory, […]

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Oscars 2020 Predictions

The film industry’s biggest night is fast approaching. On February 9, film fans across the world will sit down and watch intently — or at least follow along on their phones — as 2019’s best films (and Joker) are recognized by cinema’s most prestigious award-giving body. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, The Irishman and […]

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Environment Science

Blood-sucker or fat feeder? The fascinating biology of a small honeybee parasite with big implications for humanity.

New research by entomologist Samuel Ramsey suggests that for five decades, we may have fundamentally misunderstood one of the greatest threats to honeybees: the Varroa destructor. This menacing name belongs to a species of parasitic mite which lives exclusively in honeybee colonies, attacking both adult bees and their young. The mites have been likened to […]