Review

Sister Act: A would-have-been masterpiece

An invitation to watch what would have been the final dress rehearsal of LSESU Drama Society’s production of Sister Act was extended to all creative societies at LSE, many of whom could not hold their final shows due to the…

The Wise Man of Economics ★★★★

There is a point in the second LSE Economics podcast where interviewer Matthew Bradbury lets out an almost indiscernible chuckle. The subject of the interview, Professor Charlie Bean, ex-Director General at the Bank of England, had just reflected on a…

Love Is Blind – Stay away. ★

I have, from time to time, become stuck with the most unfortunate of addictions – reality TV. It was another classic hungover Thursday when I found myself multiple episodes deep into Love Is Blind, a show that seemed perfectly designed…

The Invisible Man – The ultimate cat and mouse ★★

I am a sucker for all things horror. The blood, gore, jump scares, and cinematic screams are all well and good, but the perfect horror has to have a great twist to prevent it from becoming a horror for the…

Love Letter (1953): Masculinity, survival, and the nation-state

Set in 1950 post-war Japan under the American Occupation – Reikichi, our quiet, melancholy protagonist, wanders around roads and railway stations in the hopes of finding his childhood sweetheart, Michiko, whose last letter he keeps in his wallet. Reikichi translates…

Noughts and Crosses – A race reversal drama that oozes originality ★★★★

I had no idea what to expect before I started watching the first episode of BBC’s Noughts and Crosses last Thursday. I was intrigued by the concept of a fictional world (Aprica) in which Black people, ‘Crosses’ are the colonisers…

Escape from Pretoria – You won’t believe it’s a true story ★★★★

Based on true events, Escape From Pretoria follows Tim Jenkin (Daniel Radcliffe) who was arrested for distributing leaflets against the South African apartheid regime. He was subsequently imprisoned for twelve years, along with his colleague Stephen Lee (Daniel Webber), both…

Justin Bieber’s Changes – A lacklustre serenade ★★

I like Justin. His talent is undeniable, and not since Michael Jackson has an artist been so universally recognisable. Making popular music is difficult, yet JB seemed to have almost mastered it with his catchy hooks and playful falsetto. 2015’s…

Dark Waters: a poignant attack on chemical giants and human greed ★★★★

Dark Waters uncovers the DuPont scandal, where lawyer Robert Billot (Mark Ruffalo) sued American chemical giant DuPont de Nemours for putting 70,000 people at risk of being poisoned by the man-made chemical PFOA (Teflon – think the stuff on your…

Bangity Bang Pt. 2: Brent Faiyaz ★★★★

Life is funny sometimes: you spend a damn eternity picking out twenty songs for The Bang Playlist, and then Brent Faiyaz turns up with the sexiest album of 2020 – Fuck the World. Faiyaz’s latest album is a great option…