Music

Richard Spaven @ Band on The Wall

On the back of his second full studio album, the versatile and sought after jazz drummer (although it’s unfair to simply label him as such) Richard Spaven came to Band on the Wall with support from Hunrosa and Stuart McCallum. An evening of smooth grooves and even some classic hip-hop covers, Spaven showed us all […]

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Black Mirror: Hang the DJ

As cynical as the lyrics are, there’s something undeniably jovial about the iconic song Panic, in which Morrissey and Co. criticised the state of pop music post-Chernobyl. The same can arguably be said about the Black Mirror episode Hang the DJ, which fittingly utilises the famous Smiths song. It wasn’t really until last season’s San Junipero that audiences had associated anything remotely hopeful […]

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Black Mirror: Crocodile

The third instalment of the latest series of Black Mirror is Crocodile, a somewhat shaky episode with interesting ideas and concepts (as always) but questionable character motivations and reasoning. The central character of the episode is Mia (Andrea Riseborough), a successful, family-orientated architect whose past comes back to haunt her in the form of a hit and run fifteen […]

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Black Mirror: Arkangel

Arkangel feels like Black Mirror‘s attempt to return to its roots and the gritty sci-fi that the show introduced us to in its first two seasons. After being incorporated into Netflix’s ever-growing catalogue of boundary-pushing TV, the show’s increased budget has resulted in the introduction of well-known actors, bolder colour palettes (likely to appeal to American […]

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Black Mirror: USS Callister

The highly anticipated return of Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror – after its first season on Netflix last year – begins aboard the USS Callister, a satirical Star Trek-esque spaceship in an immersive virtual reality video game. With similar themes and questions seen before in Black Mirror, the story this time is told through game developer […]

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Dark

Chances are, if you enjoyed Stranger Things (you probably did) and enjoy slightly more serious TV, you’ll love Netflix’s new German language series, Dark. It’s often unfair, even inaccurate, to compare one series to another in this way, but the similarities between the two are unquestionable. Both are filled with 80s nostalgia, feature a shady […]

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Film

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Is it me or is Dwayne Johnson just really, really likeable? From starring in kids’ movies Tooth Fairy and The Game Plan and as a formidable warrior in The Scorpion King, to amusing roles in adult comedies like Get Smart and Baywatch, to portraying quite literally, solid and stand up guys like Hobbs in the Fast and […]

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