TV

Asteroid Blues: Why you should be watching Cowboy Bebop

Bebop is a style of jazz that is fast-paced, complex and unpredictable. This definition encapsulates the 1998 series Cowboy Bebop, a genre-bending animated series which is often cited as the best anime series ever created. Directed by Shinichiro Watanabe, who recently directed the Blade Runner short Black Out 2022, the series shows no signs of […]

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TV

The Rise and Fall of The Simpsons

Unlike many other popular shows of the ’90s, The Simpsons had no laughing track; there was no need for it. In fact, it repeatedly lampooned the use of laughing tracks in comedy. The classic Simpsons episodes were so densely packed with diverse humour, both subtle and overt, that the audience never needed a cue to […]

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TV

Mindhunter Season One

David Fincher’s latest venture is Mindhunter, a 10-part crime drama streaming on Netflix. Set in the late ‘70s, the series follows two FBI special agents and a psychologist who attempt to study the behaviour of violent criminals by interviewing them. The visuals are cinematic, and fans of David Fincher will recognise aspects of Se7en in […]

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Film

The Hunt

Danish drama The Hunt stars Mads Mikkelsen as Lucas, a nursery teacher living in a small town in the Danish countryside. A series of miscommunications and confusions lead to him being falsely accused of sexually abusing a young girl. Despite a lack of evidence, the whole town turns against him, as more children accuse him of a […]

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Art

An Interview with Dave Draws

Based in Manchester, Dave Draws is an illustrator whose abstract doodles and quirky hand-drawn maps have made him a key figure in the Manchester art scene. A freelancer, he is commissioned by businesses all over the country- as well as having his own online shop and a stall in Afflecks Palace. I caught up with […]

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Art, News

An Interview with Girl Gang MCR

Images courtesy of Girl Gang MCR Girl Gang are here – and they’re shaking up Manchester’s social life. Their female-orientated events provide a safe space for women to socialise and forge long-lasting friendships- but they emphasise all genders are welcome. Past attendees say there is a “lovely atmosphere” and that they “felt less alone” after […]

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Music

The Story of O.J.: Confronting American Animation’s Racist Past

While most publications seem to be debating whether or not Jay-Z cheated on Beyoncé, Jay-Z’s music video for his new track The Story of O.J. has already become one of the boldest music videos of the year. Released on YouTube this afternoon, the black and white animation examines offensive racial stereotypes and explores the Jim Crow […]

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