Part B

Arts and Culture reviews, previews, and comment pieces.

“Everyone loves you. Become a party politician and everyone will hate you”

A review of I’m Not Running Considering the current political climate of the past few weeks (or months? Years?), it seems strange to go to a theatre to indulge in political drama. However, David Hare’s new play I’m Not Running, provides entertainment…

The Unlikely Epics

“Lawrence of Arabia”, “2001: A Space Odyssey” and “Star Wars” are amongst the most famous examples of epics. Even if you have not seen them, you have certainly heard of them. The genre holds a special and elusive position in…

A ‘Clare Market Review’ Review

I arrived late the journal’s launch event. Imagine my surprise when I noticed that getting into the room would prove a challenge: the room was packed. The launch of a rather obscure literary journal. Packed a room. At LSE. As…

“Colette”: A feminist portrait more forgettable than its subject

Colette had a daunting task: to defy gender norms and explore how an overshadowed artist can forge her own identity. The well-assembled biopic’s messages of empowerment are refreshingly authentic. But January sees the release of two other female-led period dramas.…

Binge-Worthy TV Recommendations

The Christmas holidays are nearly over – but it’s not all bad news. Need a new show to binge before you get back to LSE? Here are some recommendations to avoid the arduous problem of scrolling through Netflix for an…

“The Favourite”: the period drama genre sharpens its teeth

Rachel Weisz perched seductively on Olivia Colman’s lap, both dressed in Stuart-era attire. Emma Stone shooting a pigeon, splattering blood over Weisz’s face. Colman, Weisz and Stone taking a mud bath together, making moustaches with the filth they bathe in.…

“Support the Girls” director on the pitfalls of optimism and the underrated Regina Hall

In Support the Girls, Lisa is a manager of a sports bar similar to Hooters where a particular type of service is expected from the all-female wait staff. Lisa has a continuous strength and inexplicable optimism. Her employees are her…

Polka Dots, Mirrors and Pumpkins

Managing Editor Morgan Fairless renders a personal account of his evolving interactions with the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. I have purposefully avoided learning much about Yayoi Kusama throughout my appreciation of her art. This was a way of preserving the…

2018 in Film: What You Missed and What Is Yet To Come

Whilst you were splashing your student loans on Avengers: Infinity War and Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom, some good cinema went under your radar. Here are a few picks of what you might have missed and what is new.   What you missed Shirkers…

Entracte

I put the mask back on Perform but there’s no sun The words are out but without meaning A pantomime, back into hiding.   I was out in the cold open Now it’s back to lies – back to men…

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