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To Ship or not to Ship? Relationships on TV

Content Warning: Mentions of Sexual Assault Why do we love to watch love? Relationships are sometimes the greatest reasons to watch a new show. It’s the reason to save a Saturday to binge a season of ‘First Dates’, or go back to watch the wedding episode of your favourite sitcom. It’s realising Chandler is the…

Books, Venue

The racist history of monsters in fantasy novels

Earlier this year Wizards of the Coast Publishing, the company in control of Dungeons and Dragons media, announced the plans to begin editing character races in their Player’s Handbook and adventure novels. Game design aside, from a literary aspect the company addressed long-held racial insensitivities in the lore and backgrounds of races such as Orcs…

Arts, Venue

Scandalous Mr Sloane

Set in 1960’s Britain, ‘Entertaining Mr Sloane’ is the most famous of Joe Orton’s sexual dark comedies. The controversy for the play came from the blatant presentation of homosexuality in a time when it was still illegal. Orton, an open homosexual, died the year sexuality laws were revoked and wrote all his plays in fear…

Film, Venue

My Best Picture: Joker

I am not a fan of superhero movies but I am an activist for Todd Phillips’ Joker. As one of the frontrunners this year, it is the most well-written, well-acted and experimental choice from the major film companies. Joaquin Phoenix showed a role few could properly pull off, the tortured psychotic left out of whacky…

Film, Venue

Ricky Gervais VS Hollywood

Ricky Gervais has doubled back from what he was in 2009. A UK comedian hired to make a quick laugh at the expense of several glitter bombed Oscar hopefuls. Four Golden Globes later he’s finally been able to shake off the family friendly persona Hollywood sees him having, taking to the stage with a glass…

Arts

Problematic literature

Lolita is problematic as a literary classic. Written by Russian author Vladimir Nabokov, the book introduces a narrator so hateful and so unreliable it’s both hard to read, and yet compelling enough a concept to read on. Humbert Humbert is a man sentenced to death for murder, though his real crime relates to his love…

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