Review

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…

200 years of Anne: in defence of the best Brontë

If your first reaction to the title was: “that’s probably Charlotte and Emily Brontë’s sister!” this one’s for you. The seventeenth of  January marks the two-hundredth birthday of Anne Brontë, best known for her novels Agnes Grey (1847) and The…

Closed circle: Mac Miller’s posthumous album is tragically beautiful

The accidental overdose of Mac Miller in September 2018 is one of the few celebrity deaths that shook me to my core. Just a month after the release of his fifth studio album, Swimming, Miller’s death felt like it came…

1917 – Sam Mendes’ meticulous craft has no limitations

This World War One drama can be summed up very simply: Lance Corporal Schofield (George MacKay) and Lance Corporal Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman) are asked to deliver an important message behind enemy lines in order to prevent an attack which could…

Anne with an E – ahead by a century ★★★★

L. M. Montgomery’s 1908 novel Anne of Green Gables is more than a beloved classic. It’s warmly comforting and upliftingly funny, no matter how many times one returns to it. The 2017 adaptation, Anne With An E, expertly toes the…

Al Blyth: career advice, digital surveillance, and his experience as a playwright

The Haystack — a new play by LSE alumni Al Blyth, opening at Hampstead Theatre on 31 January, directed by Roxanna Sillbert.  Outraged by the revelations from the Edward Snowden leaks in 2013 and the mass harvesting of data for…

Dracula – A bloody good adaptation ★★★★

The infamous story of the blood-sucking vampire is well known and often adapted, but this new miniseries, from Sherlock creators Mark Gatiss and Stephen Moffat, manages to be unique in every aspect of its production. Loosely — and this must…

Jojo Rabbit – Offensive, bland, rubbish ★

New Zealand actor and director Taika Waititi made headlines in early 2019 when he announced his sixth feature film. Jojo Rabbit is based on a ten-year-old Nazi fanatic’s relationship with both his imaginary friend Adolf Hitler (Waititi) and the Jewish…