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Review: Everything Everywhere All at Once

Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Honestly, I wasn’t sure what to expect from Everything Everywhere All at Once. Informed only by a vague and uncertain synopsis of the trailer courtesy of my mum, wherein words like fantasy, sci-fi, and martial arts were thrown around, we made a last-minute cinema trip to what turned out to be one of […]

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Poetry Centre Stage: travelling time and space through verse

Last week saw Scotland’s International Poetry Festival, StAnza, go virtual. The yearly festival, usually based in St Andrews, adapted itself to suit our world today, adopting a ‘Pay As You Can’ system for the majority of its digitised events. As well as the increased ease of attending, most events were recorded, bringing a new facet […]

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Reviewed: Soulmates

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ There’s some really interesting stuff going on in Amazon’s Soulmates. Despite being dangerously close to a Black Mirror spin-off, the series makes a real stab at trying to carve out its own niche, approaching each episode with an eye for subtlety and an impulse to explore the furthest corners of its warped world, […]

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Archive Review

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ Director Gavin Rothery’s debut feature, Archive, imagines a future where robots have become vessels for advanced artificial intelligence. The technology is so sophisticated that it is even possible to archive human consciousness after death, in large black obelisks that look like they’ve come straight out of 2001: A Space Odyssey. However, unlike Kubrick’s […]

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‘See you, space cowboy…’

-is what appears when credits roll at the end of a Cowboy Bebop episode. In a line, it encapsulates the essence of the Space Western. With a wink, a wave, and a shrug. The Space Western is a genre that comprises essentially just two shows: Firefly and Cowboy Bebop. They aired within four years of […]

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The Invisible Man

Content Warning: domestic abuse, gaslighting.    The Invisible Man: a true psychological thriller. With twists and turns abundant, the film is guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat for its entire runtime. Elisabeth Moss gives a gripping performance and forges a sympathetic character that the audience can easily relate to. Her raw […]

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Jo Martin: The First Black Doctor

Jo Martin has broken boundaries as she was revealed to be the first black actor to take on the time travellers’ role in Doctor Who. As she delivered the line, “Hello, I’m the doctor,” there was an almost immediate outpouring of shock and joy from fans which ultimately overshadowed any absurd cries about the show […]

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Cult Column: Donnie Darko

I have watched Donnie Darko twice, a few months apart. The first time I saw the theatrical release. The second, I saw the director’s cut, which contained a plot dimension entirely missing from the first one. However, as the credits rolled, I still had little idea what this movie is about. The only thing I […]