Tag : review

Review: The Alienist

2 weeks ago / 0 comments

The Alienist is a recently-aired TV series on Netflix, and a superb one at that. Set during the nineteenth century, the story revolves around John Moore, a newspaper illustrator, and his friend Laszlo Kreizler, a criminal psychologist, or ‘alienist’, as they investigate a string of horrific child murders. Be aware … Read More

Jessica Jones Season 2 AKA The season of the female anti hero

3 months ago / 0 comments

Back in 2015 the first season of Jessica Joneswas released to critical acclaim and positive reviews. Part of what made the first season so praised was it’s engaging anti heroine and its use of a superhero story to examine issues like sexual assault, PTSD, and power. The recently released Season … Read More

REVIEW: Altered Carbon

3 months ago / 0 comments

This new high-concept science fiction on Netflix takes old tropes and turns them into something fresh and compelling. Altered Carbon is based on the premise that people have their consciousness downloaded onto a disc, which allows them to be ‘re-sleeved’ into another body upon their death for a price. The … Read More

The Only Story: A Review of Julian Barnes’ Compelling New Novel

3 months ago / 0 comments

The Only Story is Julian Barnes’ latest novel, published just over a month ago. People swoon over his books, particularly Flaubert’s Parrot (1984) and The Sense of an Ending (2011). I had never read a novel of his before, and had some mild preconceptions. I found the book madly compelling. … Read More

Mixed Reception for May’s Higher Education Review

4 months ago / 0 comments

On Monday, Theresa May announced her plans for a higher education funding review that could lead to a reduction in tuition fees. Other plans for the review include her idea for a focus on vocational qualifications; suggesting that university should not be the sole choice, and education should instead be … Read More

Cry Me a River: The Decline of Riverdale

4 months ago / 0 comments

Popular Netflix show Riverdale has never been particularly well-written or well-acted. Despite the avid attention it garnered from its audience, it’s unlikely that anyone believed it possible that it could get any worse. But somehow, impossibly, the second season is even worse than the first. From dreaded beginning to glorious … Read More

Did Star Trek: Discovery Fall Short or Prosper?

4 months ago / 0 comments

Star Trek: Discovery is the beloved franchise‘s return to the small screen after 12 years. Set ten years before the original series, Discovery follows Federation officer Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) who unexpectedly finds herself at the forefront of a war between the United Federation of Planets and the Klingon Empire. … Read More

REVIEW: What Would Your Kids Do?

4 months ago / 0 comments

Jason Manford plays the big kid hosting this new ITV game show, which combines Channel 4’s the Secret Life of 5 Year Olds with just about any basic TV game show. The show is structured in rounds in which three sets of parents are challenged to predict what their child … Read More

Foreverland Thrills in Leeds Debut

4 months ago / 0 comments

Friday 2nd February dawned on Leeds the same as most other weekends: dreary, grey-skied, a heavy note of inevitable hedonism hanging over the university campuses, filled with students waiting impatiently for the late evening and whatever event they were planning on attending. Church Leeds, a venue mere yards from Leeds … Read More

Luay Abdul-Ilah – Divine Names Review

4 months ago / 0 comments

Luay Abdul-Ilah’s novel Divine Names is stylised as ‘a modern tale on the possibilities of being’. It is different from the types of works that usually grace our bookshelves because of its content, context, and the author’s style. The story is told by an omniscient narrator in four parts, revealing … Read More