TV Review: Sex Education

22nd February 2019

5/5 It’s not often that big media outlets like Netflix manage to create a realistic TV show about what it’s like to be a young person in the modern world. Think 13 Reasons Why and think about how awful a portrayal of suicide and young people it gave to its millions of viewers. However, the […]

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The Brits in Brief

21st February 2019

Last night marked the 39th edition of the Brit awards. Held at the O2 in London, it featured show-stopping performances, deserving winners and much more. Here’s a brief summary of what when down during Brits 2019. The ‘Greatest’ Show The show opened and closed with some of the best performances of the night. Hugh Jackman […]

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Response to Abducted in Plain Sight

6th February 2019

After watching Abducted in Plain Sight, it seems that a normal review will not reflect how this one-part documentary has affected all those who’ve seen it. In an attempt to do it justice, we have reviewed not only the film itself but people’s response to this truly unforgettable story. Bizarre, disturbing and downright sick Just […]

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Film review: Glass

2nd February 2019

I mean someone’s done every ‘glass half empty’ joke by this point, hasn’t it? Glass is the sequel to 2016’s Split which was a shadow sequel to 2000’s Unbreakable. Series creator M. Night Shyamalan directs and it is the story of the three main characters from the first two movies meeting in an insane asylum. […]

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Let’s talk Doctor Who Series 11

14th January 2019

Since Matt Smith’s 2nd series, I’ve thought of DW as the best bad show on television. Or the worst good show, depending on the episode. Steven Moffat’s writing style often convoluted simple and effective concepts in service of unsatisfying mystery boxes. The new showrunner Chris Chibnall had a lot to improve on for the new […]

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Review: House of Cards’ Final Series

7th January 2019

As loyal readers of b**p will know all too well, I have been a House of Cards superfan from the first second I watched the series. My biggest achievement to date (screw the A Levels and getting into uni) is finishing the series in four days. When allegations of sexual assault and harassment against Kevin […]

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TV Review: Ozark

12th December 2018

It’s been [unjustly] hailed as a ‘dark drama that wants to be Breaking Bad’ that isn’t ‘quite up to par‘. I am talking about the Netflix Original series everyone should be talking about: Ozark. The series follows Marty Byrde as he attempts to launder money for Mexico’s second-largest drug cartel. As you might expect, this […]

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No More Lynx Sets

11th December 2018

There must be at least one person out there who agrees. It’s Christmas day. You delve halfway into a pile of presents – significantly smaller in size than last year – and you find yourself opening…please, no! It’s a Lynx set, again! To make matters worse, it’s either the abhorrent ‘Dark Temptation’ or every pubescent schoolboy’s […]

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English Heritage – Should I Join?

11th December 2018

How many landlords can compete with a portfolio that includes 66 castles, 23 historic gardens and one (very famous) battlefield? Not many. In excess of 400 sites of national significance are managed by English Heritage, the government-funded organisation entrusted to care for England’s protected heritage collection, or – as they put it – ‘telling England’s […]

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Film review: Robin Hood

28th November 2018

Hey, I didn’t know we were getting a remake of Batman Begins this year. How come no one told me? Except now Bruce Wayne is calling himself Robin of Loxley and Ra’s al Ghul is Arthur from Peaky Blinders. Robin Hood is 2018’s version of that King Arthur movie from last year, in that, I’ll […]

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Film review: Fantastic Beasts – The Crimes of Grindelwald

21st November 2018

I wasn’t going to write this review. Someone else was going to have to cover this because I doubted my ability to think objectively due to my deep unconditional love of all things Harry Potter. I needn’t have worried about that. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is the sequel to 2016’s Fantastic Beasts and Where […]

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Album Review Rewind: Malibu

17th November 2018

Anderson Paak’s 2016 hip hop hit Malibu has to be one of the most entertaining, intelligent and genuinely enjoyable albums of its genre. It’s poppy and funky, creating a bridge for fans of the Top 40 and most mainstream pop from the past to walk along and enjoy, which is credit to Paak’s crafty musical […]

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Film Review: Bohemian Rhapsody

12th November 2018

5/5 Generally speaking, biopics about iconic music figures long after they’ve passed away never do them justice. That’s why the usual gods of music are mostly left alone nowadays when it comes to biopics. You don’t see ones about Whitney Houston, Prince or Michael Jackson. However, this year’s Bohemian Rhapsody biopic about the legendary Queen […]

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New Music: K-Pop Collabs

3rd November 2018

Not sure whether you’ve heard, but K-pop is becoming a worldwide phenomenon, with the likes of BTS making appearances on shows such as Ellen Degeneres, and collaborating with Nicki Minaj. However, this appears to be just the beginning, and we have a 2-for-1 deal for you right here. First up we have BLACKPINK or BLΛƆKPIИK, an emerging South […]

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Four wizards who wasted magical abilities

13th October 2018

At some point, we’ve all wished we had magical powers. Well, the following individuals on this list were granted that dream and, as far as we’re concerned, squandered it. Consider the following magicians, wizards or sorcerers who majorly wasted their abilities. Gandalf (Lord of the Rings) The Fellowship of the Ring’s resident wizard, Gandalf is, […]

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Film review: A Simple Favor

27th September 2018

Or is it favour? It’s an American film so I guess I’ll stoop to that unsettling spelling. A Simple Favour is the latest attempt to do Gone Girl again after The Girl on the Train failed. It’s directed by Paul Feig and stars Anna Kendrick while she searches for her missing friend Blake Lively. Along the way, […]

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BEEP REWIND: Roald Dahl’s Top Five Characters

14th September 2018

As September marks the birth month of one of children’s literature’s most influential authors, thousands of parents and their sons and daughters will be celebrating Roald Dahl Day. Each year, Dahl’s birthday is celebrated with a ‘wonderful array of events’ according to the official website, including a party at the Roald Dahl Museum in Great […]

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Book Review: Persuasion

10th September 2018

4.5/5 After reading Pride and Prejudice and feeling totally disappointed, my hopes were as low as can be when I started reading Persuasion. It reads basically the same as Austen’s most famous work, but Persuasion is undoubtedly filled with more wit and humour accessible to any reader than P&P, making it much more bearable in […]

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Film review: Ant-Man and the Wasp

8th August 2018

And finally… with this… I can finally stop being mad at the World Cup for delaying releases. Ant-Man and the Wasp is the sequel to the 2015 movie which was the definition of average Marvel. It’s also the first post-Infinity War MCU project. It, again, stars Paul Rudd as the eponymous miniature superhero alongside Evangeline […]

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Film review: Mission Impossible – Fallout

5th August 2018

Finally, in theatres! Come one! Come all! See the moustache that ruined Justice League! Mission Impossible: Fallout is the sixth film in the franchise and the first to have a returning director in Christopher McQuarrie. It features Ethan Hunt and the MI gang dealing with a plot to nuke the world or something. Look, the […]

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Auschwitz Tour Review

20th July 2018

When on holiday you don’t often expect to find yourself in a concentration camp used by the Nazis. However, when holidaying in Kraków, Poland, a trip to Auschwitz is necessary and important. Auschwitz-Birkenau camp was used by the Nazis in World War Two to murder and exploit their enemies and opponents, mainly Jewish citizens as […]

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B**P REWIND: Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones

15th July 2018

One of the worst things that can happen to a horror franchise is for it to be dragged out and overused. We’ve seen it happen to many before, classic horrors literally slaughtering themselves; Scream and Saw were murdered by many pointless sequels, making the original masterpieces redundant. It seems like this is exactly what has […]

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B**P REWIND: Breakfast at Tiffany’s

12th July 2018

Truman Capote’s classic novella Breakfast at Tiffany’s is brief, wistful and filled with a prominent sense of longing from both the unnamed narrator and Holly Golightly, the protagonist. Published in 1958,the novella follows a year and a half in Holly Golightly’s company – something that is rare, as precious as a diamond and as sought […]

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4 people we hated more than the villain

27th June 2018

There are some truly reprehensible villains out there. In both fiction and reality. Sometimes though, the bloke posited as our ultimate bad guy isn’t half as bad as the slimeball in the background. Here are our picks for the characters who, honestly, were worse than the official antagonist. Dolores Umbridge (Harry Potter) If you’ve ever […]

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Jurassic World Alive is Kinda Neat

4th June 2018

If Pokémon Go isn’t your thing or you just prefer giant reptiles, Jurassic World Live might be up your alley. Or you could have an addictive personality and play both. You’ll be delighted to hear, that it’s actually: Jurassic World Live begins with Chris Pratt (because he’s in the movies) telling you how to play […]

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Film Review: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

15th May 2018

5/5 It’s not all that often in 21st Century all-star casted films that you get a piece of drama that actually touches you in a way only the old stuff does. But Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind  bucks that 21st Century trend incredibly well, and that’s why it’s more than worth watching. Released in […]

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Review: The Assassination of Gianni Versace

12th May 2018

A story about the death of an icon, Gianni Versace’s assassination remains very much within living memory. His distinctive brand lives on today, and the circumstances around his death have once again been brought to life in Ryan Murphy’s adaptation: American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace (ASGV). It has already  been broadcast on BBC, but is […]

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Harry Potter and the Money Grabbing Game

8th May 2018

The prospect of a Harry Potter themed smartphone app has long been anticipated and now, it’s finally here. With graphics that are a great improvement but still reminiscent of the original Harry Potter PlayStation games, Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery should be every Potterhead’s dream- should being the operative word. For the first half an hour or so, […]

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Review: Warner Bros Harry Potter Studios

19th April 2018

5/5 Harry Potter will be remembered for the rest of history as classic children’s fiction. There will be other books about wizards, but there are always classics. It’s just that, with this classic, there is a huge studio tour you can embark on in the leafy suburb of Leavesden near London. The Warner Brothers Studio […]

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Game Review: Far Cry 5

8th April 2018

Been a while since our last game review hasn’t it? Ever wonder what’d it be like to romp through Montana with a slew of weapons at your belt, dozens of side quests to complete and a fanatical cult to mow down? Well… Far Cry 5 might be your cup of tea. We begin with a rookie, […]

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Film Review: Justice League

5th April 2018

At long last, we have a review for what is generally the most okay movie DC has put out thus far. Justice League, you’re up. After it was revealed that Justice League was DC’s lowest grossing movie, all hope seemed a bit lost. If the public didn’t want to go see it, is there really any […]

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Guide to First Newcastle Night Out

4th April 2018

With Year 13s approaching the end of their exams and slowly all turning 18 along the way, the only thing on anybody’s mind is how to properly celebrate the end of school. A popular party option is a night out in the UK’s party capital, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. While many Year 13s will have already been out […]

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BenDeLaCreme Spills The Tea

23rd March 2018

Being a fan of RuPaul’s Drag Race irrefutably comes with emotional baggage.  As Shangela often put it with her onslaught of Game of Thrones references, shock eliminations and unexpected departures –  namely BenDeLaCreme’s – are merely part of the narrative. However, I can speak for everyone when I say this series of ‘All Stars 3’ […]

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Review: Tyneside Cinema

13th March 2018

With a lot of people looking for ways to tighten their belt, plagiarism and pirating have become popular ways to watch films on the cheap. Or for free. It is no lie that this has been pretty detrimental for the film (and music) industry, particularly for cinemas. After all, in the case of Odeon, who […]

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Derren Brown’s ‘The Push’ Will Change You

5th March 2018

Could wearing the wrong clothes to an event and mislabelling vegetarian food lead you to push somebody to their death? Would gradually escalating social pressure drive you to blindly obey a total stranger? Would you pretend to be someone who you knew was dead? If you answered no to everything, you may change your answers […]

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Drag Race: The Story so far

3rd March 2018

Season 10 of Rupaul’s Drag Race has, thus far, adhered to the ‘gag-worthy’ blueprint of seasons gone by. In wake of AllStarS 3’s shocking conclusion, however, it’s hard to make even vague presumptions of what to expect next. Here’s our rundown of the the story thus far (with spoilers if you haven’t watched episode six and untucked). […]

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Book Review: Murder on the Orient Express

27th February 2018

Okay, I know I’m late to the party but I have finally read Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. I knew it was going to be a good read from the start as Agatha Christie is the best selling novelist of all time, having been outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. I’m in […]

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Black Panther: Movie Review

22nd February 2018

After months of waiting, we can finally relay to you that Black Panther, is in fact, one of Marvel’s greatest triumphs in terms of casting, motive and culture. There was one thing everyone wanted more of in Civil War. It wasn’t more Tony Stark angst. It wasn’t more fights at poorly CG’d airports. It was […]

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TV Review: The Fall

18th February 2018

4.5/5 Crime and thriller TV series are some of the most successful in the world. Broadchurch, Silent Witness and Breaking Bad are some of the most popular, and the best. But some of them have been absolute flops, trying to fit in with the trend and utterly failing to do so. The Fall is the […]

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Review: Sofar Secret Gigs

12th February 2018

Attending secret gigs is everything for music lovers. Being aware of the intimacy and ‘exclusivity’ at such performances is undoubtedly appealing. Perhaps it reflects a more selfish human trait, in that some people are forbidden and it feels more of a privilege to be there. Introducing Sofar Sounds I had never heard about it on […]

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Review: Trump and Piers: The Interview

28th January 2018

It goes without saying that President Donald Trump is one of the most controversial figures in the world at the moment. Piers Morgan is also one of the most controversial figures in Britain too. So ITV must have thought it would be a good idea to put them together in an interview. This was no […]

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Film Review: The Post

28th January 2018

4.5/5 It’s not often a film trailer captures my eye so much I’m desperate to go and see it. But, with The Post, I was captivated. Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Spielberg, the Vietnam War and Lyndon B Johnson is always a couple of hours well spent for me. But this film is not just one […]

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Review: The Greatest Showman Soundtrack

24th January 2018

The Greatest Showman is clearly one of the smash-hit films of 2018 – and we expect to see many nominations for awards for the film in next year’s Oscars. Aside from the fact that The Greatest Showman bypasses the animal cruelty its subject, P. T. Barnum, subjected some of the world’s most beautiful animals to, […]

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John Wick 2: Movie Review

24th January 2018

Yes, it’s as good as the first one. Yes, I want Keanu Reeves as my bodyguard. John Wick was an instant classic in terms of its visual style, cinematography and no holes barred, over the top fight sequences. It follows the rather simple story of a man out for revenge and it’s bloody brilliant. John […]

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Review: The End of The F***ing World

22nd January 2018

This week’s most raved-on-about series is Channel 4’s The End of the F***ing World starring Jessica Barden and Alex Lawther. Barden plays Alyssa, a 17-year-old girl from a broken, borderline abusive home with a lot of issues. Lawther plays James, an aspiring psychopath who selects Alyssa as the perfect victim for his first murder. Based on […]

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Film Review: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

21st January 2018

2.5/5 Filling the shoes of Robin Williams’ 1995 Jumanji was never going to be an easy task, despite the fact that the audience for 2017/18’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle sequel would be a completely different generation. So, for that reason, we’re going to be kind to the sequel based on the fact that the […]

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Fire and Fury Heads to TV

21st January 2018

The bestselling novel Fire and Fury, centred around America’s worst president to date, will reportedly become a TV show soon. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the author Michael Wolff has sold television rights for a seven-figure sum. Trump has condemned the book, which depicts chaos in the White House and a president unfit for duty. […]

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Venomverse: Comic review

11th January 2018

Weird, I’ve never reviewed a comic before. Let’s give a shot, starting with the latest from Marvel Comics, Venomverse. As we already know, when it comes to comic books, there are thousands of alternate universes. From Spider-Man being Gwen Stacey in one, to Spider-man (and everyone else) being zombies. It’s a way to form countless […]

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Film Review: Patriots Day

9th January 2018

4/5 The Boston Marathon bombings were difficult to stomach on 15th April 2013. The Western World faced bombings for, what it felt like for my generation, the first time. It was the first time we were old enough to interpret what was going on: we were just one when the Twin Towers fell and only […]

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Film Review: All the Money in the World

8th January 2018

2.5/5 All the Money in the World hit cinemas in the UK with a head-start after garnering much press attention towards the latter end of 2017 following its abandonment of shamed Hollywood star Kevin Spacey. Director Ridley Scott cut Spacey from the film weeks before it was released and re-filmed all of his parts with […]

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