2020 October



Review: Rebecca

31st October 2020

A mishandling of the classic novel, Netflix’s Rebecca is beautifully shot but over-sexualised and poorly cast. “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.” The perfect opening line for what was portrayed to be a refreshing remake of Daphne du Maurier’s mystery thriller Rebecca. Produced by Netflix rather than a conventional studio, this film ...


Review: Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm

31st October 2020

The long-awaited sequel to the 00s classic is finally out on Amazon – but will Kazakhstan’s 4th best journalist still manage to make us laugh in 2020? Spoilers ahead… I first watched Borat in September 2020. A little late to the party, I’m aware, given that the divisive classic first graced screens 14 years ago. ...


It’s okay to hunker down for Halloween

31st October 2020

The things that make Halloween Halloween aren’t just the parties – what about the music, films and novels that made the holiday a cultural staple to begin with? I absolutely LOVE Halloween. It may be because I love autumn, costumes, any excuse to throw a themed party, or just because I can’t quite leave my ...


QMU hosts its first online general meeting

31st October 2020

The battle of QMU constitutional amendments have seemingly come to an end with the expected amendment vote taken off the agenda.  QMU hosted its first online Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 30 October. It was first scheduled for April, but had to be pushed back due to Covid-19. Originally slated as the showdown for contested ...


2020: The year it took a pandemic to appreciate staycations

30th October 2020

A guide to caravan life. When analysing the increase of caravan rentals or scrolling through floods of TikToks showing people exploring not-so-foreign lands with upbeat travel music, it’s clear to see that people in the UK are discovering the benefits of swapping air miles for road miles. Of course, this increase in domestic travel has ...


Movements that shaped us: Northern Soul

30th October 2020

Writer Jackson Harvey looks at the movement’s influence on music, fashion and relevance today, explaining why we should all “keep the faith”. We’ve all heard of northern soul. And yet, you’d be forgiven for not recognising the bulk of the “stompers” in the countless compilations you are likely to come across.  There have been various ...


Votes for starvation

30th October 2020

Eleanor Harper explores how the Conservative government’s inhumane disregard for the working class has increased the gulf between Holyrood and Westminster. On 21 October 2020, during a global pandemic and in the midst of the most drastic period of socioeconomic unrest since the 2008 financial crisis, 322 MPs in the House of Commons – 321 ...


The Perks of Being a Wallflower: a truly life-changing book

29th October 2020

Rebecca and Hailie jointly review the YA best seller, exploring how literature has the power to make one feel seen, even in the darkest of times. Hailie Pentleton My copy of Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower rests on the top shelf of my bookcase. It’s never there long enough to gather dust, ...


This Thanksgiving, I’m thankful for sustainable solutions

29th October 2020

Why not try a good piece of Tofurky this Thanksgiving? Every year, the holiday season results in large amounts of waste; from food waste to single-use plastic decorations to gift wrapping supplies. A major holiday for food waste during this season is Thanksgiving. For those who don’t know much about the American festival, it’s a ...


Review: Mogul Mowgli

29th October 2020

“Roaring with intimate humanity.”Ed Fernandez reviews Mogul Mowgli, out 30 0ctober.  Mogul Mowgli begins with Zed (Riz Ahmed) leaping around the stage in a packed-out New York music venue, delivering an electrifying rap performance to a hype-infused crowd. From this opening scene, Ahmed’s impassioned performance pulls your eyes, effortlessly inhabiting both the energetic highs and ...