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IT’s scariest moment: Pennywise the Clown or pervasive masculinity?

“It’s summer, we’re supposed to be having fun! This isn’t fun, it’s scary and disgusting!” IT, directed by Andy Muschietti, is the latest incarnation of Stephen King’s 1986 novel, the first being Tommy Lee Wallace’s 1990 TV mini-series. ‘Pennywise the Dancing Clown’ has since become a cinematic icon, and I predict a distinct rise in …Read More


Film Review: It

If, for some reason, the gaudily painted face of Pennywise and primarily prepubescent cast tricked you into believing that IT was a lighthearted film with a couple of jump-scares, I have some bad news for you. The gory opening scene will knock out any pre-conceived notions that this is anything but 135 minutes of pretty …Read More


TV Show Review: American Horror Story – Cult

  Righting the wrongs of horror franchises across the world since 2011, Ryan Murphey and FX’s hit tv-show American Horror Story reappeared with their seventh season ‘Cult’ on the 5th September 2017. Never a show to shy away from controversial themes and always serving brutal honesty, the seventh instalment of the anthology lives up to …Read More


TV Review: Rick and Morty

Animations are not my first port of call when looking for a new TV show to watch but once I heard everyone and their mum raving about Rick and Morty, I had to see what all the fuss was about and I wasn’t disappointed. A reductive synopsis of the show would be to tell you …Read More


BBC Good Food Show Summer 2017

As a student, there are two things which hold a very important place in my day-to-day life; food and free stuff. Therefore, I was over the moon to discover that in my new role as Head of Arts, I am able to attend and review the BBC Good Food Show, an event dedicated to these …Read More



Theatre Review: Billy Elliot

After a twelve-year run on the West End, Billy Elliot comes to the Birmingham Hippodrome until April 29th. Many may have seen the film, but it was a packed audience whilst I was there – and rightly so. The triumphant story of Billy, an 11-year-old boy, who, with the help of his gutsy dance teacher …Read More


Television Review: Clique, BBC Three

BBC Three’s new psychological Thriller ‘Clique’ mimics the scandalous lives of young adults that American TV does so well.  Clique shares its creator, Jess Brittain, with Skins in BBC Three’s latest attempt to woo the 12-24 demographic. It is set in the student hub of Edinburgh, Scotland and follows two young girls, Holly (Synnove Karlsen) …Read More


Travel Review: From New York with Love

The Big Apple, The Empire State, the City that Never Sleeps. Just to name a few of New York City’s nicknames. It’s truly a city that is so good that of course it was named twice. There are so many different reasons to fall in love with this incredible city. For me it was the …Read More


Television Review: Freaks and Geeks

Freaks and Geeks is a show made for those of us who dreaded school every day, and not just because we didn’t like maths, and were more than a little relieved to enter the next stage of our lives where cliques, bitchiness, and public humiliations were not an everyday occurrence. The show, created in 1999 …Read More