Review

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…

Emma: It’s what Austen would have wanted ★★★★

2020 is the year ‘unlikeable’ women get their due and I am loving it – first Amy March, and now Emma Woodhouse. In contrast to Gerwig’s impassioned defence in Little Women, director Autumn de Wilde doubles down on this aspect…

The Beverage Report Ep 1: Darling’s brilliance is a relic of Labour’s past ★★★★

Marking the launch of the LSE Economics Department podcast, Matthew Bradbury’s interview with Labour’s ex-chancellor Alistair Darling was insightful, informative, and solemn. Listening to Darling gave me an acute nostalgia for my primary school days where we would gather objects…

Waiting for Anya: Not worth the wait ★★

Tackling the Holocaust warrants bravery and rendering such a tragedy into fiction for young audiences is a noble intention. Upon first glance, I assumed Waiting for Anya would possess the same brilliantly powerful flare as The Boy in the Striped…

Malaysia Night 2020: Re:Believe

Last Saturday evening, Malaysia Club’s annual culture extravaganza Re:Believe was pulled off. Malaysia Night is a huge scale event, with food served for those who arrived early enough and juice boxes for all. The play clocked in at over two…

Parasite – Eat the Rich ★★★★★

The 2019 Oscars saw Parasite take home four Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best International Feature, after narrowly missing out on the awards for Best Film Editing and Best Production Design. In a “word of…

Private Lives: An iced cocktail of a play that goes down a treat

Private Lives, Noël Coward’s delightfully outrageous comedy, was first performed in the year succeeding the Wall Street Crash when the majority of the Western world was plunged into economic depression. The play has been charming audiences since, with Coward’s trademark…

Bombshell – fox in the #MeToo hen house

There’s an irony of a proto-MeToo movement taking place in the halls of the fiercely conservative Fox News’ offices in 2016. Yet Jay Roach’s Bombshell subverts this irony. He provides context to the origins of the scandal while giving humanity…

F**cks Given – great laughs, mediocre advice

Combine smooth sultry vocals of two outrageously sex-positive ladies and a sprinkle in diverse guests – strippers who have spiritual sex and trans models demystifying period-penetration – the result you get is F**ks Given. Florence and Reed, the London chicks…

My 4 (very long) days of online dating

Illustration by Colette Fogarty Despite having heard a number of horror stories over the years, last week I decided to brave the stormy seas of popular dating apps – for review purposes, of course. This probably makes me a catfish,…