Review

Review’s Quarantine Picks: TV Shows

Nothing screams ‘TV shows’ more than quarantine. Now is the ideal moment to start binge-watching a brilliantly-plotted show. Get your favorite snack (be brave, and may the odds be ever in your favor during grocery shopping) and stop planning how…

Review’s Quarantine Picks: Live Music (Online)

Since the beginning of the UK’s lockdown on March 23rd, we’ve been forced to grapple with the concept of the ‘essential’ and ‘non-essential’. Unfortunately, live music falls into the latter category and it’s going to be a while before anyone…

Review’s Quarantine Picks: Films

With even Idris Elba stuck inside, it’s a sign we all deserve a cinematic break! Don’t worry – we’ve got you! I won’t be recommending Contagion or Outbreak, because that would just send you to the breakdown phase straight away.…

Review’s Quarantine Picks: Podcasts

Before launching into my podcast picks to see you through quarantine, I must reiterate a plea from Derry Girls’ Nicola Coughlan. To all you straight men out there: please do not start a podcast in your newly found free time.…

Review’s Quarantine Picks: Albums

Lockdown and Chill: Sticky Fingers, Caress Your Soul Today, dear Beaver reader, I bestow upon you a gift: a secret of the Antipodes, a jewel in the crown of Australian music, the one and only Sticky Fingers. This is good-mood…

Laura Marling – Song For Our Daughter ★★★★★

Laura Marling’s seventh full-length LP was released three months before its due date in the belief that people could do with some light entertainment. In this release, the thirty-year-old singer/songwriter creates something close to perfection with her almost overwhelming charm.…

The Strokes – The New Abnormal ★★★

To those music lovers for whom the first two Strokes albums were formative in that utterly embarrassing early-adolescent period, the past fifteen years of sounds from the New York band have felt something like a trudge across an endless marshy…

Liar Season 2 – the perfect example of how to ruin a TV show ★

After waiting three long years for the second season of Liar, it’s safe to say that I was more than ready for its release. The first season ended on a huge cliffhanger which found rapist Andrew Earlham (Ioan Gruffudd) dead…

Video calling apps, ranked

8. Skype and Skype for Business Demonic. I can’t decide which version is worse: the one where you haven’t been able to change the username that you made at the wise age of 11 or the one where all your…

The Lawyer – queer romance inspires reflection ★★★★

While the BFI LGBT+ Film Festival has sadly been cancelled, some of the exceptional films have been made accessible online. So The Beaver is here to spread the word about these fantastically diverse films to lighten up the monotonous days…