Amber Iglesia
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Greed – Are you not entertained? ★★★

Michael Winterbottom’s Greed is a hilarious satire starring Steve Coogan as Sir Richard “Greedy” McCreadie, a multinational fashion tycoon. It’s Winterbottom’s most comical and impactful film, and it deals with the intoxication of consumerism.  The film is oriented around McCreadie’s…

The Aeronauts – up, up, and away in an immersive expedition ★★★

Tom Harper tells the story, based on true events, of two aeronauts: one is strong-willed scientist James Galisher (Eddie Redmayne) and the other a young widow Amelia Wren (Felicity Jones). What seemed like a relatively safe effort to break the…

Marriage Story – Tender, raw and authentic ★★★★★

I have been itching to write a 5-star review and this heartbreaking yet hilarious Kramer-vs-Kramer-style divorce drama has come along just in time.  Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story explores the emotional disintegration of the relationship between actress Nicole (Scarlett Johansson) and…

Hope Gap – William Nicholson’s Most Soul-bearing Albeit Far From Perfect Production ★★★

This month at the London Film Festival, William Nicholson released his autobiographical film “Hope Gap”. I had the wonderful fortune of being involved in discussion with the director himself to examine his reasoning and personal inspiration behind its production.  This…

The King – Fails to Surpass a Mere Retelling ★★

Over the past three years we have seen the unprecedented rise of Timothée Chalamet in Lady Bird, Beautiful Boy and Call Me By Your Name – all critically acclaimed films. This year, the Oscar-nominated actor blesses us with his interpretation…

Four out of five stars for Almodóvar’s Pain and Glory

Pedro Almodóvar’s last film, “Julieta” (2016), was disappointing; he seemed stagnated by success.  Appearances can be misleading however, as his new film “Pain and Glory” (Dolor y Gloria) handily demonstrates. In it, Almodóvar takes a new approach: a self-reflection on…

What to expect in October – a guide to upcoming films and TV shows

Whether you need a break from university already or are recovering from Freshers’, here’s how you can keep busy. Halloween is just around the corner, so what better way to get you into the Halloween spirit than by experiencing the…

Hollywood’s shelf-life does not apply to Tarantino ★★★★★

It’s never difficult to tell when you’re watching a Tarantino film. His ability to mix darkly serious plots (which often include numerous counts of violence and profanity) with comedy unmistakably marks each of his films.  Tarantino has an ingenious knack…

1968 – LSE Unchained?

The year 1968 has become renowned for hosting some of the most important international political protests, many of which were initiated by student activists. The LSE was no exception to this global movement and the period from 1967-1969 became known…

Students will be refused a student loan if they fail to obtain 3 D’s at A-Level

Ministers around the UK have been preparing to refuse university student loans for those who fail to obtain at least 3 D’s at A-Level. This contributes to recent controversy surrounding student loans and access to education. The reasoning behind this…