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Avatar 2 Review: Male, pale, stale and straight

3rd March 2023

Best described as a damp squib.  The sequel to 2009’s grand epic, Avatar: The Way of Water, is a predictable and tired narrative packaged in a breath-taking piece of cinematography. Pandora is the epitome of natural beauty but with a delightful sci-fi twist, and the expensive but worth it technology involved makes this world feel ...


The Whale Review: Uncomfortable melancholy

3rd March 2023

An emotional journey into the depths of self-destruction. Darren Aronofsky has done it again. The master of evoking discomfort and emotional terror has produced yet another film drenched in melancholy and uncomfortable situations. However, in this instance, things are much more toned down. There’s no frantic psychosexual paranoia as in Black Swan, or the manic ...


The edges are blurry now: Reviewing Black Country, New Road’s live album

28th February 2023

An exploration of the small-scale issues with BCNR’s Live at Bush Hall. “Look at what we did together, BCNR, friends forever.” Black Country New Road’s Live at Bush Hall has all the hallmarks of a final goodbye. The performance is framed like a prom, with its protagonists dressed in decaying school-dance garb, as if stumbling ...


Decolonising the curriculum: Babel by R.F. Kuang

21st February 2023

A fantasy novel about the British Empire, Babel should be taught in Universities. The recently published Babel by R.F. Kuang, author of the notorious The Poppy War trilogy, is an absolute gem. Set in a fictitious, early 1800s Oxford, Babel is the name for the Royal Institute of Translation, a building which towers above the ...


Paramore’s This is Why: Escaping the clutches of nostalgia

21st February 2023

In a mixing pot of influences, veterans Paramore escape their storied past through brevity and quality. In the six years since the Nashville band’s previous critically acclaimed effort, After Laughter, much has changed, both for the three members (this is the first time Paramore has retained a band line-up for successive records) and for the ...


Review: Ezra Collective “body” it on stage @ SWG3

21st February 2023

The band give back to the city that flourished them with a formidable jazz fusion show. Swapping Radnor fizz for Red Stripe, seeing Femi and T.J. Keleoso of Ezra Collective grace the stage at SWG3 was a far cry from their performance at our school jazz night ten years ago. Yet the same emphatic energy ...


Prince Harry’s Spare: Vulnerable exposé condemned to tabloid frenzy

18th February 2023

“Wonderful! Now you’ve given me an Heir and a Spare”. Prince Harry pulls back the curtain on the Royal family. Spare – Prince Harry’s new memoir, ghostwritten by the Pulitzer-winning J.R. Moehringer – is a story of rift, first a tragic one between Harry and his mother, and now one between himself and the Royal ...


“More than a superior range of M&S chocolates”: The Verdi Collection @ City Halls

13th February 2023

 A stripped back celebration of Verdi’s extensive career. The Verdi Collection is not, says conductor Stuart Stratford, a “superior range of M&S chocolates”. It acts, instead, as a series of highlights from Verdi’s exhaustive career (27 operas in total), a kind of Verdiad. The setting at City Halls is caught halfway between concert hall and ...


Independent Venue Week: Suede’s intimate gig @ Stereo

9th February 2023

Suede play to a room of 300 fans as part of Independent Venue Week by BBC Radio 6. The insatiable ones congregated in glory as a sea of forty-somethings filled the floor of Stereo last Friday night. To mark the 10-year celebration of BBC Radio 6’s Independent Venue Week, Steve Lamacq hosted events across the ...


Album review: Permanent Damage

1st February 2023

Heartbreak disguised in soulful, delicate lyrical mastery: a review of Joesef’s debut album. With the release of his debut album Permanent Damage, Joesef has created a track list of heartbreak, sexual exploration and nostalgic longing, while emulating his soulful delicate vocals as a dream-like escape from harsh realities. Long-awaited after the release of his two ...