The Last Dam Word #4: April ’20

“Her and Ken are just friends but she clearly has feelings for him. I’m invested.” – Zehra Jafree on her discovery of Barbie’s  Youtube channel. For April we rant about ‘Too Hot to Handle’, a world of streaming beyond Netflix,…

Video calling apps, ranked

8. Skype and Skype for Business Demonic. I can’t decide which version is worse: the one where you haven’t been able to change the username that you made at the wise age of 11 or the one where all your…

The Last Dam Word #3: March ’20

“I want to learn all the dances, and I just can’t throw it back, and oh it’s terrible, I hate myself, but also it’s the only solace I have in quarantine land.” – Zehra Jafree ranting about Tik Tok. For…

Leo Marley TV ‘Hot Topics’ – Too Hot to Handle ★★★★

Being schooled in the art of YouTube procrastination myself, it was a joy to behold traces of many of YouTube’s top comedy channels in Third Year LSE student Leo Marley’s ‘LSE Hot Topics’. There were the close-ups and sharp edits…

The Thing About Harry – hit me hard ★★★★

When Hulu first announced its new gay rom-com, I was sceptical: a young, attractive, white tw*nk who falls in love with his high school bully … where have I heard that one before? At first, I wasn’t even going to…

Queenie – a flawless illustration of black womanhood ★★★★

Queenie is a young journalist in London: trying to find cheap, non-mouldy accommodation, struggling to get an internship or success on dating apps. In the meantime, she enjoys cartons of ice cream while watching Pride and Prejudice. Queenie is a…

Sister Act: A would-have-been masterpiece

An invitation to watch what would have been the final dress rehearsal of LSESU Drama Society’s production of Sister Act was extended to all creative societies at LSE, many of whom could not hold their final shows due to the…

The Wise Man of Economics ★★★★

There is a point in the second LSE Economics podcast where interviewer Matthew Bradbury lets out an almost indiscernible chuckle. The subject of the interview, Professor Charlie Bean, ex-Director General at the Bank of England, had just reflected on a…

The Invisible Man – The ultimate cat and mouse ★★

I am a sucker for all things horror. The blood, gore, jump scares, and cinematic screams are all well and good, but the perfect horror has to have a great twist to prevent it from becoming a horror for the…

Love Letter (1953): Masculinity, survival, and the nation-state

Set in 1950 post-war Japan under the American Occupation – Reikichi, our quiet, melancholy protagonist, wanders around roads and railway stations in the hopes of finding his childhood sweetheart, Michiko, whose last letter he keeps in his wallet. Reikichi translates…