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August 2018 - The Beaver Online
“Cold War” returns Poland to the forefront of cinema

The runtime of Paweł Pawlikowski’s “Cold War”, a slick ninety minutes, mirrors the austerity of the communist-era Poland in which it resides, predominantly. The derelict church, the crumbling stately home, the greyscale outfits in a greyscale world all bring to…

Weeks 2 and 3 are cancelled for the London Film Festival 2018

If the Toronto International Film Festival is the New Hampshire Primary of the festival circuit, the London Film Festival (LFF) is, well, I don’t know enough about US politics to finish this joke. Nonetheless, the LFF, running from 10th to…

“Sharp Objects” Will Shake You

Sharp Objects is a murder-mystery that burrows deeper into the mind of its protagonist than it does into the toxic story it tells, and that’s a damn good thing. For many reasons that later become clear, Camille Preaker (Amy Adams)…

A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Cultural Appropriation

A few days ago, an anonymous writer submitted a piece (found here) that lamented the use of the term ‘cultural appropriation,’ writing that ‘we should appreciate and respect other people’s cultures, learn from them, incorporate them in our society.’ Whilst…

Cultural Appropriation and White Responsibility

I would like to offer a response to a recent article published surrounding cultural appropriation. Firstly, I want to acknowledge my own position within debates surrounding race, which is one of privilege. As a white British person, I have no…

Anthony Jeselnik: Funny Games Comedy Tour

“If you’re not laughing at that one – your imagination is the problem” states Anthony Jeselnik, after describing to everyone in the Leicester Square Theatre the trials of a young girl with a glass eye. This came shortly before a…

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before—Netflix’s Best Rom-Com

Behold, all lovers of romance; Netflix has come out with the best teenage rom-com of all time. I was immersed in a film that I could finally identify with—a typical teenage story that so happens to also have an Asian-American…

Winnie the Gloom

Evoking nostalgia is not enough to save Christopher Robin from being a gloomy affair. It’s too much about the titular character and not enough about the cute bear people want to see. At least audiences weren’t mis-sold. Boarding school and…

The Term ‘Cultural Appropriation’ Doesn’t Reduce Segregation, It Increases It

Before I begin, it worries me that my opinion on this matter is not the norm. In fact, it seems it is controversial. For someone who has kept their head down politically and socially for most of their lives, thinking…

The Beaver is looking for contributors to its annual Black History Month special issue

Each year the LSE community and the Beaver mark Black History Month, celebrated in the UK each October since 1987, with a commemorative issue noting the historical and current achievements of the global black community. This year will be no…