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Words During Covid

This is our final word prompt for now. Thank you for sending us all your responses! Regenerated by the sweet peas in the midst of weeds— same purple as smoke, like smudged paper— for the first time: shallow memory, even in this rolling year, the thunder days— I grow a garden that was not there before. to that yellow-green courgette. Surrendering to soil’s sweet significance + loafing Admit one, and keep the rest away. I no longer resent my own company...solitude is groovy! With a sensor

Family Canon: The (prolitari)cat in the hat

The Cat in the Hat, the live-action adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ classic children’s book, reigns supreme in my family canon. Mike Myers’ chef-d’oeuvres operates on its own plane of existence – one of simultaneous intellect and insanity. Disclaimer: this article may offend the haughty, Tarantino-bitched bros of film Twitter. I can understand why people may hate this film but I will defend its auteurist merit until my dying breath and yes, I am calling it a FILM! I attest that Seuss could Sorkin, but

Picking a bone with: The quadruple threat: White, male, posh and English!

An unpalatable truth of the current UK acting industry is that it almost exclusively reserves its most glittering job prospects and abundance of praise for White, male, upper class actors from England. Unbiased sample of British talent should show more than just Anglo gentlemen who were Made in Chelsea - we need to talk about Kensington… You know when you have a loose thought swimming about in your mind, and then you see someone articulate your intended sentiment perfectly, providing a coherent

Best of both worlds: Miley Cyrus, popstar or rockstar?

Miley Cyrus’ recent array of performances, including a body of Metallica covers and swift announcement of a forthcoming rock album entitled Plastic Hearts, left some excited and others sceptical at her alteration of style. I attest that this duality is not shocking or new. After all, she’s been living a double life since her teenage years… As Disney demigoddess Hannah Montana, Cyrus achieved great triumphs: a five-year TV show run, a world tour and an eponymous feature-length movie. But with th

The Female Gaze: Modern Woman’s Prerogative to Peep

[John] Do you have to be so vulgar about men? Like they’re pieces of meat? [Denise] …let me be clear. After centuries of men looking at my tits instead of my eyes and pinching my ass instead of shaking my hand, I now have the divine right to stare at a man’s backside with vulgar, cheap appreciation if I want to! The above conversation is from the 2006 romance drama PS I Love You in which Lisa Kudrow’s character succinctly defends the modern woman’s prerogative to peep! With regard to the image

R Pattz: forte beyond the fangs

In Harry Potter’s fourth instalment in 2005, Robert Pattinson portkeyed into our lives as golden boy Cedric Diggory, before finding fame in a certain fantasy franchise as Edward Cullen. Boldly traversing genres in recent years, from psychological horror and crime, to espionage action and 15th century period drama, Pattinson has proved he is one versatile vampire with acting chops that simply do not quit. The R Pattz Renaissance has officially arrived. After having your face printed on every con

No(lan) woman, no cry

A central criticism of Christopher Nolan’s films regards his representation of women, which consistently takes the form of a male character’s dead wife, thus perpetuating the “stuffed into the fridge” trope. This is such a virulent feature in TV and film that it has created its own verb: to “fridge”. This refers to lazy screenwriting that shows a female character’s murder, or at least brutal assault, as the motivating spark for the fire of self-discovery and fulfilment of potential that the male
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