Tag : Mikhail Hanafi

Jordan Rakei to play Belgrave Music Hall, 18/10

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Straight off of the release of his full-length album Wallflower in September, soulful New Zealand native Jordan Rakei will be bringing his silky-smooth tunes to Belgrave Music Hall in Leeds on the 18th of October. The 25-year-old multi-instrumentalist first garnered attention with his debut EP Franklin’s Room in 2013, which … Read More

The Whitewashing of Aladdin

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Despite the narrative that we are the most progressive era in history, debates about portrayals of race in the arts continue to rage on. The latest controversy is the casting of the white actor Billy Magnussen in Disney’s live-action remake of Aladdin. For those who’ve been lucky enough to be … Read More

‘IT’ Review

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Is It a bad film? No. But it is a very faithful adaptation of Stephen King’s novel, and as a result it does inherit a lot of the flaws of King’s writing. It ends up being a worse film than it could have been, and it’s largely to do with … Read More

Single Review: Praying by Kesha

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When you think of Kesha, you think of glittery parties, glittery alcohol and glittery vomit. That’s not a slight to her — it was the image she put out when she released her first single, ‘TiK ToK’ back in 2010 when she still went by Ke$ha. Pop needs a party … Read More

‘Melodrama’ by Lorde

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If there were an album that was made to be relatable to the average uni student, it would be Lorde’s latest album, Melodrama. You could go through a list of millennial tropes and they’d all be there — messy breakup song? Check. Party song? Check. Drug use? Check. Hook ups? … Read More

Single Review: ‘Chanel’ by Frank Ocean

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After the lengthy 4-year break between his 2012 release Channel Orange and follow-up albums Endless and Blonde in 2016, it seems Frank Ocean’s been busy. In February, he featured on Calvin Harris’ ‘Slide’, and a month later he drops ‘Chanel’. Ocean’s obsession with the idea of duality (“I got twoooo … Read More

Review: Logan – redeeming the superhero genre

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The superhero movie genre is arguably becoming saturated, but this latest Marvel offering offers something new… In 2016 alone, Marvel and DC released a total of six superhero films, adding to Marvel’s already massive cinematic universe and DC’s considerably smaller, but growing, one. Though it seems as though we’ve reached … Read More

Review: John Wick 2 – upping the stakes

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Action movies have a bad reputation. They’re known more for mindless spectacle than for being shining examples of high cinema, a genre where substance is often sacrificed for style. John Wick: Chapter 2 is a reminder that an action film can have both. The film picks off where the first … Read More

Review: Fences – held back by its theatrical roots

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Twenty minutes into Fences, I started to wonder if the film was based on a play. It turns out that it is, the film being an adaptation of the critically-acclaimed play of the same name by August Wilson. Both the film and the play tell the story of Troy (Denzel … Read More

Review: Hacksaw Ridge – a brutal spectacle

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Hacksaw Ridge gives us the grittiest, most brutal depiction of war since Saving Private Ryan. The film follows Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield), a young combat medic who refuses to carry a weapon into the field because of his deeply-held religious convictions. The war scenes are explicit and violent, the camera … Read More