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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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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Film Review: Django Unchained

3rd January 2018

5/5 Released in 2012, Django Unchained received critical acclaim and box office glory, gaining five stars pretty much everywhere and two Academy Awards for the Best Supporting Actor and Best Original Screenplay. It is the script and the story of Django Unchained that makes it such a successful film. Set two years before the American Civil War which […]

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Injustice 2: Review

2nd January 2018

Injustice 2 offers a sleek fighting game, with a fair loot system and a strong line-up of characters. Plus, Deadshot is still over-powered as heck. Injustice was a better fighting game that it deserved to be. It followed the story of a crazed Superman after the Joker tricks him into murdering a pregnant Lois Lane. […]

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Netflix Review: American Vandal

2nd January 2018

Netflix never misses the mark when it comes to original series and movies- American Vandal was no exception. The 8 part series is a crime mock-umentary that follows two young documentarians trying to prove the innocence of an expelled class clown named Dylan. From creators Tony Yacenda and Dan Perrault, American Vandal is a whodunnit without […]

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Song Review: Blinded by Your Grace, Pt. 2

23rd December 2017

4/5 I’ll admit it: I’m no Stormzy fan. Nor am I a fan of what’s usually in the charts. Back in the days of 2010, I was well into the charts, but now the rap and the dance is just not for me. So when I heard that Blinded by Your Grace, Pt. 2 was […]

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Spider-Man: Homecoming: Review

22nd December 2017

Spider-Man Homecoming is a wonderful re-introduction to everyone’s favourite neighbourhood hero that doesn’t feel ham-fisted or cheesy. Spider-Man, as a character, has had a rough time. As an IP he’s been tossed between multiple studios and in the last 20 years, there have been five movies, including this one. Two of those movies were good. […]

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Review

18th December 2017

This is not going to go the way you think – a line that couldn’t be more suited to the film if it tried. The Last Jedi is here, and it did not disappoint. Where to begin? Let’s cut to the chase. Kylo Ren and Supreme Leader Snoke’s forces are closing their grip on the […]

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Harry Potter and the Predictive Computer

14th December 2017

Harry Potter has brought joy to millions of people around the world. Now it’s doing it again, but for some weird reasons. Harry Potter and the Portrait of What Looked Like a Large Pile of Ash is a new story created by a predictive keyboard. The story is ridiculous and hilarious. It was created by […]

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Review: Bollywood Jazz 2017

12th December 2017

5/5 Of all the combinations in the world, ‘Bollywood Jazz’ initially seems an unlikely pairing. However, in order for cultures to truly respect one another, combinations like this are a must in today’s world. It’s not just an appealing idea, though: it sounds good too. What is Bollywood Jazz? The project is the brainchild of Supriya […]

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Crisis on Earth-X: Review

7th December 2017

This week the four primary CW Arrowverse shows had their annual crossover event. Over two days and four forty minute instalments the likes of Green Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and the Legends of Tomorrow were pitted against a world ending threat in the closest thing the CW gets to an exciting premise. As the sole […]

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Review: The Sex Robots are Coming

6th December 2017

4/5 In a world where we’re talking about everything apart from the things we should be talking about, Channel 4’s new documentary, The Sex Robots are Coming, is a breath of fresh air. I’d say it was relieving someone’s talking about it, but, actually, the documentary is quite scary. The prospect of artificial intelligence is frightening […]

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Jaden Smith’s SYRE: A Weirdo Rap Artwork

4th December 2017

2017 has been a great year for rap/R&B/hip-hop music. We’ve had Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN., Khalid’s American Teen and Drake’s More Life. Now we have Jaden Smith’s debut album SYRE. Reviews for this album haven’t exactly been great, but you know what? I enjoyed it. Given his reputation as a bit of an oddball, I was […]

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TV Review – Alias Grace

2nd December 2017

Alias Grace is the latest adaptation of a Margaret Atwood novel, following the huge success of The Handmaid’s Tale. The Netflix series documents the attempts of Simon Jordan to establish whether convicted murderess Grace Marks could be gotten off her charge by reason of insanity. It is a fictional story based on fact, with Atwood’s […]

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Review: X Factor 2017 so far

27th November 2017

The X Factor has been on our screens since 2004 and since that night in September, the show has become part and parcel of British life and television history. Series 14 of the music competition is well underway now with the final (thankfully) next weekend, when an act will win and we’ll probably never hear […]

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Animal Crossing PC = Instant Uninstall…

26th November 2017

Every 90s and 00s kid spent hours and hours playing Nintendo’s top-selling game Animal Crossing. Having seemingly understood the nostalgia that kids born in this era experience once they grow out of handheld game consoles, Nintendo has released an app version of the game- Animal Crossing Pocket Camp. The app has barely been out for […]

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Film Review: Risk

24th November 2017

3.7/5 Renowned documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras returned to the screen in this year with a new project, Risk. This new film documents the character of the controversial WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, using footage gathered over five years. For those who are unaware of Julian Assange, it’s best to do some reading up on him before the film […]

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Film Review: Citizenfour

22nd November 2017

5/5 World-renowned director and producer Laura Poitras brought the documentary film Citizenfour to our screens in 2014, documenting the revelations of whistle-blower Edward Snowden. For those who’ve heard of Snowden but don’t know the ins-and-outs of what he did, that’s why Poitras’ film and style is so excellent. She is able to communicate the severity […]

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The Punisher – Review

21st November 2017

Straight up, The Punisher is probably my favourite Marvel Netflix series yet. It’s a thriller-esc, action-oriented drama to put it one way. It’s a massive step above the most recent series, The Defenders, with better characters, cooler set-pieces and an overall better story. For those who don’t know, The Punisher revolves around Frank Castle, out […]

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K Pop Arrives at AMA Awards

20th November 2017

It was an eventful night at the AMA Awards over in America last night. The star studded event, held in downtown Los Angles, saw tributes made to some of the biggest names in music past and present. However, we are going to talk K Pop, or more specifically: BTS. The seven piece sensation otherwise known […]

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Review: Star Trek: Discovery

14th November 2017

This week saw the final episode of the newest Star Trek series before it takes its mid-season break. This seemed a shame really as the series just appeared to be hitting its stride. After an action-heavy two-part premiere the show slumped a bit once the producers realised that that kind of momentum would be a […]

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Review: Murder on the Orient Express

13th November 2017

The following spoils no plot details of an 85-year-old book (who says Hollywood has no original ideas?). Agatha Christie’s steam-powered ‘whodunnit’ has been adapted more times than Piers Morgan’s job description and with Oscar-nominated actor/director Kenneth Branagh in the engine room, this latest version had all the opportunity to leave previous attempts under its wheels. […]

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Concert Review: Little Mix

10th November 2017

4/5 Little Mix returned to the Metro Radio Arena last weekend with their Glory Days Tour to tens of thousands of adoring fans. The show was filled from top to bottom with the theme of girl power. From Beyoncé’s Run the World played before the girls came on stage to the interlude before their hit […]

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Review: 1D Niall Horan’s Flicker

23rd October 2017

4/5 We’ve long been a fan of the One Direction boys here at b**p and have taken great pleasure in following their journey to stardom from the beginning. Since the biggest band ‘break-up’/hiatus (depending on what you read) in showbiz since Take That in 2016, the boys have been going solo, with each one of them releasing […]

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Suffragette movie poster featureing Meryl Streep Cary Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter

Film Review: Suffragette

16th October 2017

5/5 I could absolutely kick myself for not watching Suffragette sooner. Released in 2015, it has taken me a long while to get round to watching it – mainly due to not being in the “right” mood to watch it. Turns out I’d been putting it off for no reason. You don’t have to be in a […]

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Film Review: All the Way

12th October 2017

5/5 It is rare that a recent film documenting monumental events in history is as good as HBO’s All the Way. While we had Selma and 12 Years a Slave, some of Hollywood’s historical outputs are a total flop. 2016’s Jackie documenting the life of Jacqueline Kennedy following the assassination of JFK was dull and plain and made me wonder […]

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Anne Frank Diary Illustrated

12th October 2017

One of the most read books in the world has been made into a comic-book format, visualising what the young girl must have gone through all those years ago. The diary, which Anne Frank nicknamed Kitty, has been given a splash of colour by the creators of Oscar-nominated animation Waltz with Bashir, with an animated […]

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Battlefront 2 (2017) Beta Thoughts

11th October 2017

It’s a sordid love affair Battlefront and I have. While the first game (2015) left a bitter taste in my mouth, this next one could be something worth looking at. A number of changes and tweaking are to be commended, so let’s jump in, shall we? We’ll start with the most important aspect, gameplay. While […]

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Call of Duty WW2 Impressions

8th October 2017

Oh, where to start? I have to be honest, I wasn’t confident going into this. Call of Duty WW2 looked like it could change the meta of how the games were played. How they were received, putting a focus on infantry battle, grouping together to form one tight unit and try to take the win. […]

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The Best Banned Books

4th October 2017

You know, the thought of books being banned due to their content, for the creative vision of an author to be banned in certain countries, must be a hard pill to swallow. If you’re in school you may have seen displays showing the books that certain people may not want you reading. But these aren’t […]

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Review: Kingsman: The Golden Circle

4th October 2017

4.5/5 When we saw the trailer for Kingsman: The Golden Circle and saw that Colin Firth (Harry) was in it, we were all a bit confused. How can a man who got shot straight in the face be alive? So my expectations for the new film were low – it was going to be another franchise that […]

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Best 00’s Films

28th September 2017

Best 00’s Films Films, films, films. Love them or hate them, you sure can’t escape them. People have been making films for a long time, with the first known film being dated back to as early as 1999 when The Matrix was released. Since then, several so-called ‘films’ have been made, here I list a […]

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TV Review: The Child in Time

26th September 2017

2/5 Last night the BBC aired one of its most pretentious and disappointing shows ever. No, Strictly was broadcast on Saturday. Let’s not beat around the bush: The Child in Time attracted lots of viewers because of Benedict Cumberbatch. The last time he was on the Beeb it was for Sherlock (who he could’ve done within the painstaking 90-minute ‘drama’ […]

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Houses of Parliament Tour Review

24th September 2017

The Houses of Parliament is quite an intimidating building to look at as it dominates the banks of the River Thames. And then you go inside. That’s when it is really intimidating. Parliament isn’t intimidating in a bad way. It’s more of an overwhelming type of place – still not in a bad way. It’s […]

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Virgin Trains East Coast Review

22nd September 2017

5/5 Trains get a lot of flack these days, particularly those belonging to southern companies (ahem, Southern Rail) for being late, dirty and cramped. It seems, though, that Virgin Trains East Coast is an exception to the rule. Travelling at 5:30 am on a Monday morning from Newcastle to King’s Cross, you’d think the train […]

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Hillary Clinton Memoirs Become Best Seller

21st September 2017

Hillary Clinton’s book What Happened, detailing the events that led to her loss in the 2016 presidential election, has sold 300,000 copies according to the publisher Simon & Schuster. The sales included 167,000 hardback copies as well as e and audio books. This makes for the biggest opening week of a non-fiction hardcover in five years. […]

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Book Review: The Karamazov Brothers

14th September 2017

Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s final novel is something to behold. Bizarrely readable – considering not only the time it was written but also the sheer length – it paints a vivid picture of the eponymous brother’s lives’. The story is bounding and broad, expanding to encompass most of the town in which the story takes place. The […]

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Great North Runners starting the 13.1 mile half marathon over the Tyne Bridge crossing as Red Arrows take flight.

Great North Runner

8th September 2017

It’s almost time for our region to host yet another significant global event, not long after we hosted the Sunderland International Airshow. In case you didn’t already know The Great North Run (GNR) is this weekend. For someone who’s had it on their bucket list for as long as they can remember, I’m definitely feeling the […]

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Game Review: Dishonored 2

3rd September 2017

After gritting my teeth through some performance issues, I finally go to the end of Arkane Studio’s brilliantly crafted Dishonored 2. A sequel to one of 2011’s most enjoyable titles, it recaptures the essence of what made the first one so damn enjoyable, whilst sprinkling in some new and interesting mechanics and story arcs. The […]

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Netflix’s Death Note: Movie Review

1st September 2017

I mean, it tried? That’s what counts right? Death Note holds a special place in many a person’s hearts. It was a staple anime for any newcomer to the scene. It portrayed a regular person, turned dictator almost, through one simple power. Being able to make anyone you know die, by just writing their name […]

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The Best Social Media Site

1st September 2017

There are so many different social media sites out there it can be hard to know which one to upload to first. And for some people, it is hard to know which one is the most important for maintaining their online persona. However, if we talk about the ‘best’ social media site, everyone seems to […]

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Terry Pratchett’s Unpublished Works Destroyed

31st August 2017

Don’t worry, it’s literally what he wanted. Terry Pratchett died in early 2015, taking with him a mind that conjured and moulded some of the greatest fiction ever created. From his early works like The Colour of Magic to his final book The Shepard’s Crown. While the full extent of the Discworld series will never […]

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Review: Platform 9 and 3/4, King’s X

30th August 2017

In case you’re wondering, there is a ‘real’ Platform 9 and 3/4 in King’s Cross, London, and this headline is not trying to mess with your mind. Since JK Rowling took the world by storm with her Harry Potter series, the image of wizards running at a wall between platforms nine and ten at King’s Cross in […]

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Leeds Festival Kasabian perform

Reading and Leeds Highlights

30th August 2017

Whether you attended Reading or Leeds festival not, it’s likely you’ve heard something or another about the weekend’s events. It could be Eminem’s performance at Reading, where he started an encore of “F**k Trump” with the aid of the entire audience, who had no reservations joining in. As someone sporting a Saturday only band for […]

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Netflix: Worth it?

30th August 2017

3/5 With Netflix being the tenth-largest internet company by revenue, it seems as though everyone has a subscription. But plenty don’t and, as someone who didn’t until the free month-trial, I wanted to know if it was worth the hype. Netflix offers three different subscription plans that allow you to watch programmes on one screen […]

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The Stand Comedy Club Newcastle

28th August 2017

If you’re a young person living in or around Newcastle, you’ve probably done the whole pre-drinks> clubs> kebab> home> hangover thing hundreds of times. So why not try a different type of night out- something a little more cultured and memorable than throwing up on the dance floor in Sinners. The Stand Comedy Club in […]

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Dog and Scone? More Like Hog and Scone

20th August 2017

When asked what the best things in life are, most reasonable people would probably rank dogs and coffee in at least their top 30 which is probably why a number of entrepreneurs around the world have decided to combine the two and create dog cafes. So Dog and Scone in Newcastle City Centre decided to […]

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