Emma Holbrook

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Review: Paper Towns

The trouble with treasure hunts is that, all too often, the search is far more rewarding than the prize at the end. The thrill of fulfilment is frequently misleading and when that prize happens to be a human being, how can one person possibly be expected to hold the weight of someone’s expectations entirely on…

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Review: Inside Out

Pixar has understood emotions since the very beginning. From Toy Story and beyond, the studio’s characteristically bitter-sweet sensibility has inspired audiences to laugh, cry, imagine and reflect, but with its 15th feature, Pixar’s emotional process has become significantly more literal. Inside Out is a mirror for Pixar’s creative practice and how it fosters emotion and…

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Trombones and Opening Credits

From the elaborate to the simplistic, from the Game of Thrones’ orchestral number to the guitar twangs and bongo drumming of Breaking Bad, television theme songs take on a host of different forms and invoke a kaleidoscope of emotions amongst audiences. A forgettable theme can often harm a show’s ability to retain cultural relevance, but…


Review: Wild

Director: Jean-Marc Valee Writer: Nick Hornby Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Gaby Hoffman Runtime: 115mins Genre: Biography/Drama “What the fuck have I done?” So begins Wild, and the start of a grueling and cathartic thousand-mile hike down the Pacific Crest Trail for a woman desperate to rediscover the right path. The acclaimed memoir of Cheryl…

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The Happy and the Sad of Christmas Movies

It’s time for the obligatory Christmas film list. Four writers share what makes them cry, for better or worse.   The A-Team (2010) I’m not going to argue that The A-Team, based on the 80s TV show, is a deep film. It’s not. The plot is crazy, adrenaline is on full flow and the finale…


UEA hockey sides make impressive start

With a secure mid-table position and an unbeaten record at home, UEA Ladies’ Hockey Club have made a solid start to their 2014/15 Bucs season. The Ladies are currently sitting in fourth place in Midlands 2B, taking seven points from five games, and only goal difference separates them from third place. Promoted into this league…

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The Changelings: Films That Changed Our Lives

Four writers. Four films that changed their lives… Into the Wild (2007) The final scene and credits of Sean Penn’s film Into the Wild will always stick with me. In a dark room late at night with a group of close friends, the only sound was a quiet collective sobbing. The film had an enormous impact…

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Sex, Race and Alternative R&B

When it comes to a clichéd soundtrack for the horizontal tango (hopefully not a new dance on Strictly), the 21st century’s answer to the slow jams of the 90s generally seems to be found in the type of music produced by The Weeknd, Beyonce, Frank Ocean and FKA twigs, who are tentatively grouped under the…

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