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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


Film Review – Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey

2001: A Space Odyssey is widely regarded to be Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece, a pretty impressive accolade considering he also directed classics such as Eyes Wide Shut, A Clockwork Orange and The Shining. It is praised for its storytelling, special effects and soundtrack; yet somehow, after first watching the film I was left confused and, I confess, a little bored. I …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


3BUGS and LGBTQ Association’s ’12’ Review

Rating:  4.5 stars The atmosphere at the dress run of 3BUGS Fringe Theatre and UoB’s LGBTQ Association’s performance ‘12’, directed by Annie Kershaw, was one of hilarity and vibrancy. What was promised to the audience was “a new version” of Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’, and right from entering the space, it was clear this promise would …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


A Farewell from your Station Manager 2016-2017

Burn FM is the best place to grow confidence, meet amazing people and develop as a person. There is something for everyone in this society, whether you want to write, produce, present or create. This year we have achieved so much and improved our society beyond anyones expectations and despite limits which impeded us. On …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