Review

The Beaver’s sex playlist: bangity bang

Illustration by Raphaelle Camarcat I Said-a-Bang, Bang, Bangity Bang, I Said-a-Bang Bang Bangity Bang DISCLAIMER: Although some songs may appear on both lists, this is not my sex playlist. Mine has way more Shakira. As the in-house music review writer,…

Sex Education Season 2 – a letdown expected for a first-timer, not a second

Sex Education season one was pretty great. I remember it being good-looking, sexy, cool, aware, and honest, whilst, yes, giving the teenage experience a little too much credit. I didn’t leave my teenage years all that long ago. I certainly…

Sex does not thrive on monotony: re-visiting Anais Nin on her 117th birthday

Dear Collector:  We hate you.  Sex loses all its power and magic when it becomes explicit, mechanical, overdone, when it becomes a mechanistic obsession. It becomes a bore. You have taught us more than anyone I know how wrong it…

Call Me When You Get This: In conversation with Sebastian Mullen

Call Me When You Get This premiered on the 31st of January 2020. Second-year IR student Sebastian Mullen wrote, starred in, co-edited, and co-directed the film alongside his sister Sophie-Anne. I was lucky enough to see it prior to its…

Just Mercy – redemption, justice, and more besides ★★★

Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx star in this refined, fresh, yet emotionally bruising interpretation of the relationship between lawyer and client. Walter McMillan (Foxx) is put on death row, convicted for murder on the basis of flimsy evidence and…

The Welkin – 12 angry women ★★★★

Some argue that current culture is plagued with a lack of originality: the reproduction of eighties fashion; the deluge of cinematic remakes, sequels, and biopics; as well as repetitive pop music. Therefore, when something truly original comes along, it deserves…

Steve McQueen: Year Three – mighty and tender ★★★★★

Steve McQueen’s staggering career has led him to win both an Academy Award and the Turner Prize before the age of forty-five. Returning to primary school may not seem to be a natural next step, but this is exactly what…

Banal Bicycle Club?

Note to reader: Bombay Bicycle Club is one of my favourite bands. Their 2014 album So Long See You Tomorrow is probably my favourite album: It’s dreamy, nostalgic, bucolic, and lyrically perfect.  When Bombay broke up I turned to the…

Easy Life’s Junk Food satisfies but doesn’t fill up

I’ve been anticipating this album for a while. I want to write about different albums from all corners of the music landscape, but, for better or worse, the Review editors have restricted me to relatively recent releases. So although Easy…

What’s coming up: February 2020 in film, in print, on TV, and on stage

Films Perhaps the most anticipated film in February is Birds of Prey, the Suicide Squad spin-off, which says a lot about the quality and quantity of choice this month. Starring Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, the film follows her metamorphosis…