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JHS: Warrior vs King

Exploring conflict through archetype in Damien Chazelle’s ‘Whiplash’ Many seek power over others. Others seek power over themselves. These values aren’t separate. They fuel and propagate each other. And in Damien Chazelle’s scintillating 2014 drama ‘Whiplash’, they collide. ‘Whiplash’ is…

An interview with the LSE graffiti artist

I guess we first want to ask about the location. How did you choose it and why? Well, a big part of the decision was definitely convenience. I had to avoid getting caught so I chose a spot that was…

Precious mettle: “Lady Bird” is the beautiful retelling of a young life lived

By Adam Solomons   I haven’t attended church regularly in some time, so the learned voice of a priest and the inviting echo of a congregation and the all-too-appetising communion wafers introduced in the second scene of “Lady Bird” had…

The Wombats review – “Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life”

It doesn’t quite feel like it, but the Liverpool-founded indie band the Wombats’ last release was almost three years ago. 2015’s stellar “Glitterbug” brought new emotional highs and a changed electronic sound to the Wombats’ already-strong discography, and last week’s…

Would you like it back?

We’re left sitting In silence In confusion In frustration In this broken love Soaked in the curdled hearts we’ve shred like confetti The blood stains like the lipstick you liked so much I could never tell when you wanted to…

Oh, hi Tommy: “The Room” at the Prince Charles is way more fun than it should be

By Adam Solomons “Plastic spoons only”, a stern steward told us moments before the late-night screening of The Room was to begin. The packed-out audience in Soho’s Prince Charles theatre cheered. Some had been drinking. Some were in tuxes. I,…

BPOC’s reply to “The Poverty of Labels”

Dear Anonymous, I would like to thank you for your piece, providing an insight into the minds of those who believe we live in a society of racially harmony. You also, thankfully, illustrated a much needed point about the dearth…

BPOC hosts ‘Good Immigrant’ editor

The LSE British People of Colour Society on Wednesday evening hosted Nikesh Shukla,  editor of ‘The Good Immigrant’, the influential collection of essays centred around the experiences of ethnic minorities in contemporary Britain. The author of the crowdfunded 2016 anthology…

“Darkest Hour” feels like a weak episode of “The Crown”, but “The Post” is something special

Darkest Hour was the second Nazi-centred film of the week. I watched Mel Brooks’ classic The Producers (1967) for what must be the twentieth time. The story is simple, but in its absurd and brilliant way, comically groundbreaking: a struggling…

“Gigstr offers job opportunities that suit people’s lifestyles”

Technology is changing the nature of employment. Gigstr capitalises on the structural changes to work brought by the so-called gig economy, in which employees are paid less for permanent employment commitments and more for flexible, often short-term arrangements, or “gigs”.…