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The Rise of Skywalker proves there is no right way to extend a franchise

There’s no ‘right’ way to extend a franchise with an established fan base, but after watching the final episode of the new Star Wars trilogy we can safely say that Disney did it the wrong way. Hiring different directors for each new story might have worked for the original trilogy but not in this instance.

Paper Skin

History tells us that continents were forged out of paper skin, and paper is the new blood that grew into the old blood that  haunts the memories of my elders. Paper Skin is fair, like white phantom. It moves through…

Joker: A clown act you’re unlikely to forget

The origin story of Batman’s arch-enemy defies the usual conventions of a comic book adaptation. Laughing out loud would be the last reaction you would have when watching Todd Phillips’ masterwork.

Why did Parasite capture our societal imagination?

Lots of people are praising Bong Joon Ho’s film Parasite, and for good reason. Most critics talk about his depiction of the polarisation of modern society, the suffering of socially marginalised groups, and how the comical twists balance out a dark, allegorical plot. This is all true.

VAR ruins Chelsea’s chance at a comeback

Oh Chels’. When I first came to London in September, promising articles were sprawled about the Blues all over the sports section of the Evening Standard. As an American, I was particularly enamored of Captain America, Christian Pulisic. The winger…

The Haystack: “We can’t find the needles, unless we collect the whole haystack.”

Written by: Amber Iglesia and Zehra Jafree Al Blyth’s debut play The Haystack at the Hampstead Theatre centres on two laddish workers at GCHQ. They are charged with the task of gathering intelligence of a leak which enables Guardian writer…

The Big Moon’s ‘Walking Like We Do’ – half-full glasses

As my last review of Bombay Bicycle Club (and if you’re lucky enough to know me, my entire music taste) indicates, I love a harmonic, folky, synth-heavy, and atmospheric repertoire. The Big Moon is the first British girl-band that fits…

Mariam Dawood on maintaining the ideal work-life balance

Mariam does it all: on top of being a part-time Masters’ student in the Department of International Relations, she is also a Labour Councillor for Manor Park, Newham and the co-founder of a new student-led IR magazine Gaze. Before coming…

March 2020 – films, TV shows, plays, albums, and books to look forward to

After a culturally poor February, you will be glad to hear that there is much more to look forward to in March! Films Continuing with the theme of horror films from February: personally I am extremely excited for the release…

Rick and Morty – Both promising and problematic ★★★★

Animated sci-fi sitcom Rick and Morty has finally returned after a two-year gap – the longest in the show’s history. Produced by Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland, the new season has been acclaimed as another success, despite fan disappointment at…