Part B

Arts and Culture reviews, previews, and comment pieces.

“Big Little Lies”: troubling themes done well

Centred around the well-trodden topics of motherhood and relationships, HBO’s “Big Little Lies” proves a fascinating and addictive mini-series that all should make time to see. Its success can partly be attributed to its avoidance of archetypal characters too often…

An environmentalist watches the controversial “Mother!”

“Mother!”, directed by Darren Aronofsky, is set in one house and structured around Jennifer Lawrence’s character ‘Mother’, whose one task is to turn the place into a “paradise” while her poet husband (Javier Bardem) suffers from writer’s block. As more…

The Problem with Grime

“The ting goes skrrrahh! Pap, pap, ka-ka-ka! Skidiki-pap-pap! And a pu-pu-drrrr-boom! Skya! Du-du-ku-ku-pun-pun! Poom, poom” – Roadman Shaq London is a grey place. There is clearly an abundance of colour in this city but I think when most people see…

Opera doesn’t need to be so unpopular

Here’s an opinion you don’t hear every day: I like opera. I’ll admit, it’s a niche art form. Most people on earth will live their lives without listening to anything remotely ‘operatic’. It’s an even more obscure passion than classical…

The Rum Kitchen

The Rum Kitchen is a Caribbean Jerk restaurant and bar in the exciting Kingly Court, Carnaby Street. The menu boasts the most excellent jerk chicken and the best sweet potato fries I have ever had, and with all mains around…

The Balenciaga Exhibition: A Cultural Journey through Fashion

The Victoria and Albert Museum is currently hosting an exhibition dedicated to the revolutionary work of the fashion designer Cristóbal Balenciaga named Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion. The futuristic designs and extraordinary patterns bedazzle the viewer with the possibility of him or…

Review – The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy

Arundhati Roy’s second novel, unlike her massively successful debut The God of Small things, has not made it to the Man Booker Prize shortlist. This is unsurprising. The book is good, yes, and fans will find many of the elements…

‘Predictability And its Limits’ In its Final Week

By Yap Lay Sheng, Staff Writer Entering its final week, LSE Arts’s latest exhibition ‘Predictability and its Limits’ is yet another creative exploration of the intersection between arts and the social science exhibited at the Atrium Gallery. On view are…

Reviewing Baz Luhrmann’s ‘William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet’ (1996)

By Taryana Odayar, Executive Editor.  Newsweek famously wrote that Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet is ‘So enslaved by its worship of Energy that you want to slip it a Valium.’ But after watching the film and comparing it with Shakespeare’s original play, I find…

Book review : Charlie Raymond’s “Hired, Fired, Fled”

By Taryana Odayar, Executive Editor. Fourteen jobs in fifteen years. That’s how long it took Charlie Raymond to come as close as he could to career contentment. From Africa to Europe, North America, and the Middle East, Raymond’s ‘BCO’ or ‘Blind Career Obsession’ takes him…