JHS Lit: Bulgakov and Marquez – making magic out of history

Exploring the Representation of History in `One Hundred Years of Solitude` and `The Master and Margarita` The Late Modern Era was a period of monumental transition, with technological, cultural and political revolutions serving to rapidly change the world`s landscape. Many…

JHS Lit: Machiavelli the soldier, schemer or dreamer?

Was Machiavelli sincere when writing ‘The Prince’ and does this matter? Machiavelli was being sincere when writing ‘The Prince’. This matters. In assessing Machiavelli’s sincerity we must evaluate whether his purpose was to give good, genuine advice to Lorenzo de…

JHS Lit: Shakespeare, Ondaatje, Brontë – setting the story

Comparing the use of settings in The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje, Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë and Anthony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare Each writer uses setting to explore the struggle for identity within sociopolitical constraints.  Setting is central to the…

Who Run The World? Girls. Six Girls.

Six is a spectacle in every way – perfect cast, sublime score, and the atmosphere is electric. New, successful and revolutionary British musicals have become much more of a rarity on the West End in recent years, but the Arts…

Modern Sport and the Endless Disarray of the Colin Kaepernick Situation

It is difficult to know where to start with a story upon which a book could be written. (I didn’t type another word for 24 hours after writing this). For the sake of structure, let’s have a recap. In August…

“Shadow” Should Have Stayed In The Dark

Epic only in its headache-inducing abilities, Zhang Yimou’s ambitious 3rd Century centred Shadow says little of the historical source material upon which it is based. But a morsel of enjoyment comes from laughing at the sheer absurdity of what the creators thought…

Sundance Stunners Get UK Releases

After eight months since first premiering at the Sundance Film Festival, some of the most talked about films have finally landed in the UK. The Miseducation of Cameron Post (Grand Jury Prize Winner) The Miseducation of Cameron Post is the…

“Crazy Rich Asians”: rich in revenue, not in narrative

Opulence and exotic flavours make Crazy Rich Asians a fresh take on the frequently explored fish-out-of-water tale. Despite a rewarding conclusion and the film’s overall significance in Hollywood, problems with the storytelling inhibits the milestone movie reaching its full potential. Jarring and…

Skate Odyssey: “Mid90s” is a Journey through the Glories and Traumas of Boyhood

Much like Judd Apatow’s “Superbad” (2009) left an indelible imprint on the socially inept, sexually frustrated teenagers that served as its subject, the directorial debut of its essential star, Jonah Hill, could well be as important to the people it…

“Killing Eve”: Slay or be Slain

BBC America’s Killing Eve grabs hold of you by the windpipe and forces you to watch with bated breath and a nervous smile on your face. Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh) is an MI5 officer hunting down the gifted and elusive…