Netflix’s Atypical: Were Critics Correct?

15th August 2017

On Friday the 11th, Netflix released its newest original series Atypical, a comedy drama that follows an 18-year-old autistic boy as he tries to enter the dating world. Before the show even came out, Atypical was causing a real stir with some people concerned that it would mock autistic people or give the wrong impression […]

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Film Review: American Beauty

11th August 2017

4/5 ‘American Beauty’ was released in 1999 and has since acquired virtually classic status by modern standards. A philosophical approach to cinema is refreshing nowadays and under Sam Mendes’ directing, there is no film I’ve seen lately that is as unique in perspective as this one. The film is primarily about a 42-year-old married man […]

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Theatre Review: The Mentor

10th August 2017

F Murray Abraham, despite a long and enduring career in film which has yielded him an Oscar, an Emmy nomination, and world wide acclaim, has spent a great deal of his time in the theatre. He’s performed in Macbeth, Richard III and The Merchant of Venice. He now turns his hand to The Mentor, a […]

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House of Cards Review

1st August 2017

5/5 Netflix’s original series have been taking the world by storm over the past few years from Orange is the New Black to, most recently, 13 Reasons Why. House of Cards is one of those original series – and one that goes far beyond the excellence of the others. Political dramas usually have a one-series run with three hour-long episodes. […]

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Dunkirk: The Meaning of Home

28th July 2017

5/5 The release of this year’s most significant summer blockbuster has provoked much conversation online and stormed the box office too. Dunkirk has been praised by critics near and far for being cinematic genius – and rightly so. It is. But it’s more than just that – it’s not a story, it’s a truth. It’s a truth […]

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TV Show Review: Summer Heights High

23rd July 2017

Despite it first being aired in 2008, Summer Heights High is making a bit of a comeback thanks to popular internet memes which feature some of the three main characters, all played and written by Australian comedian Chris Lilley. TV shows with the I’m-a-terrible-person-for-laughing-at-this type of humour are few and far between and for me, […]

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Album Review – Features in Lana Del Rey’s Lust For Life

23rd July 2017

I have never been a fan of Lana Del Rey, mostly because I’ve never taken the time to listen to her, but thanks to MTV’s constant promo of her track ‘Lust for Life’ which featured The Weeknd, I’ve been waiting impatiently for her album so that I could hear more. The song ‘Lust for Life’ […]

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Akbars? More Like Cackbars

21st July 2017

2/5  Just picture it: I was celebrating my 17th birthday a week after its occurrence because my best friend, who was supposed to be sleeping over, got ill and couldn’t come. I was obviously disappointed, but I knew I’d be going out for a meal with my parents instead. I chose Akbars, an Indian restaurant […]

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What I Learnt in an MP’s Office for a Week

21st July 2017

It was work experience time at my Sixth Form this week and, like most other students, I headed off on Monday morning with a lot of apprehension and worry about how the week ahead would go. Turns out, there was no need for it. My work experience placement was in my local MP Liz Twist’s […]

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How to Read (Or Avoid Reading) A Boring Book

20th July 2017

Whether you’re writing an academic essay, doing research for an article or just trying to better your understanding of a subject, you will at some point in your life have to read a ‘boring book’. If your subject area is science, politics, or just anything that is detailed and complicated, it is near impossible to […]

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Dunkirk Is Apparently Very Good

18th July 2017

Christopher Nolan’s newest movie Dunkirk has drawn quite a bit of critical attention, for all the right reasons, with reviews praising it for its historical accuracy and incredible cinematography. Nolan is best known for his stellar work on Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and his meh work on The Dark Knight Rises and Interstellar. The […]

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Game Review: Sniper Elite 4

18th July 2017

*GORE WARNING* You know what’s awesome? Games that take place in an authentic WW2 setting and being able to explore these levels with a degree of stealth and precision. Or, alternatively, try to be sneaky then get spotted and end up panicking your way through the level. Worked for me. You assume the role of […]

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Spend your Summer Wisely

17th July 2017

There’s no denying it, a week in the sun with your closest mates is a tempting prospect, but are you doing those months of toiling hard for a minimal payout justice? Retrospect is a wonderful thing, but the following are 3 reasons why I urge you to reconsider your first “away-from-the-parents” holiday destination: You’ll see […]

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Theatre Review: ‘Jane Eyre’

10th July 2017

The Charlotte Brontë classic Jane Eyre has seen many film adaptations since its initial publishing in 1847. Perhaps best known is the 2006 BBC adaptation, which won three Emmys and was highly praised for how true it stayed to the original novel. The National Theatre production of the much-loved classic achieved a similar accomplishment, managing […]

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Review: Metrocentre Yo Sushi

10th July 2017

4/5 While on your travels in the Metrocentre, Gateshead, you will have seen Yo Sushi and will have undoubtedly wondered if it’s worth it and if you should try it. After all, sushi is a funny food and not something us Geordies are particularly acquainted with. The first thing to say about Yo Sushi is […]

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UCAS Fairs: Are they Worth it?

1st July 2017

Yes, it’s that time of year for those of us applying to university for 2018 entry. The UCAS fairs are here and as I attended my first one just the other day and had no idea what to expect (I was just told to order a ticket and get the bus there basically), I hope […]

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Book Review: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

14th June 2017

3.5/5 Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca is often described as a modern classic and, by many trusted sources of mine, described as a great novel. Naturally, hearing that this book was amazing made me excited to read it, but in the first 200 pages or so, I just didn’t get it. Things were fairly boring after […]

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Corbyn Draws Thousands to Gateshead Rally

6th June 2017

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn yesterday drew a crowd of around 4,000 supporters to a rally in Gateshead. Noticeably, many young people attended the rally at the Sage and it became a popular topic. Most speakers addressed the topic of young people and politics the event, including Mr Corbyn himself. Former MP for Blaydon Dave Anderson spoke particularly […]

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One Love Manchester: A Perfectly Poignant Tribute

5th June 2017

We all knew that last night would be a tough one. Equally, we all knew that last night would be the act of defiance in the face of ugly terrorism that we are capable of pulling off. After the suicide bombing at Ariana Grande’s Manchester Arena concert two weeks ago, the nation has been grieving […]

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Kingsman: The Secret Service

25th May 2017

With the new ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ film coming out later this year and the trailer’s release just a couple of weeks ago, we thought we’d take you back to the first instalment in the epic spy-action film. Colin Firth (Harry Hart) and Taron Egerton (Eggsy) unite as an unlikely duo in the film that […]

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Movie Review: Assassin’s Creed

24th May 2017

Ham-fisted and awfully written, this video-game adaption leaves much to be desired. We follow the story of Callum Lynch, a man sentenced to die, only to be brought back into the world of the living by Abstergo, the front for the Templars. Ancient enemies, the Templars and Assassins have fought for centuries over something called […]

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Review: Pizza Express Metrocentre

15th May 2017

Pizza Express has been bringing the delight of authentic Italian cuisine to the UK since 1965. Founder Peter Boizot was unhappy with the pizza in London compared to Italy, shipped over a proper oven and opened the first Pizza Express restaurant on Wardour Street. But you don’t have to travel to London for a proper […]

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The Division’s End Game is Pretty Good

11th May 2017

There. I said it. Fight me. So after spending more than enough time on PUBG, I fancied something a bit spongier. Something I can dip in and out of here and there. Something with a military style, and endless hours of stuff to grind out. So obviously, we’re left with The Division. In my review, […]

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The Great Gatsby

9th May 2017

Let’s be honest, Leo is one of the main reasons anyone watches this film. And because it’s on the A Level English Literature specification. Eccentric director Baz Luhrmann took on the mammoth challenge of directing The Great Gatsby – and did a fantastic job of it. He makes every party scene ethereal with champagne popping in […]

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Bar Review: The Alchemist Newcastle

8th May 2017

The Alchemist has been around in the UK’s biggest cities for ages but it has only recently came to Newcastle City Centre. For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, The Alchemist is a bar and restaurant that specialises in drink mixology. Its theme is well in line with its name – gothic, with […]

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The Girl on the Train

3rd May 2017

It was with a great reluctance that I watched The Girl on the Train due to the fact that one of the key parts of the blockbuster is not true to the novel by Paula Hawkins. The Girl on the Train novel is set in London where everyone has a British accent and it makes everything feel […]

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Product Review: Flashsticks

2nd May 2017

There has never been a better time to pick up a new language than now. There are endless apps, websites and other media resources that can aid your language learning. However, it’s important sometimes to go back to basics and use some old school methods. That’s where Flashsticks come in. Flashsticks are basically just fancy […]

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Song Review: Lost Kid

25th April 2017

The Apache Relay album American Nomad plays host to the fantastically catchy single ‘Lost Kid’ in which feelings of (yes, you guessed it) being lost and then being found are shared. Alternative music always sparks a notion of pretentiousness within me, but ‘Lost Kid’ has redeemed the genre for me. The strum of the guitar […]

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Star Wars Book to Set Up Battlefront 2

18th April 2017

At the Star Wars Celebration last week, it was revealed that a new book, called Inferno Squad, will reveal and set up the characters and plot for Battlefront II. The book itself will take place after Rogue One, after the Rebels successfully humiliated the Empire by stealing the Death Star plans. The publisher’s description read: […]

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Emma Watson’s Belle is Rightly the Next Generation’s Idol

18th April 2017

Yes, I know, I’m late to the party. However, I have arrived and I have a point to make. Emma Watson’s role as Belle in the spring blockbuster Beauty and the Beast is completely deserving of its place as the next generation’s idol. Watson, who is a UN Goodwill Ambassador and the face of feminist charity HeForShe, […]

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Review: Apple Music

18th April 2017

If you’re considering Apple Music versus Spotify, or just generally wondering what the craic is with Apple, this is the right article for you. I recently succumbed to temptation after the three-month Apple Music trial and purchased the single person £9.99 per month plan. In that, I get as much music as I want, when […]

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Game Review: PUBG (Early Access)

16th April 2017

They really need a different title for that, one that doesn’t take millennia to type out. So, after celebrating its 1 million milestone, it seemed only fit I dive in and see what the fuss is about. What I discovered was… oddly addictive. For those of you who don’t know, PUBG is a battle-royale game. […]

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Restaurant Review: Oink

11th April 2017

Yeah, it’s a weird name, just bear with us. Recently, I took a trip to Edinburgh to celebrate a year’s worth of time spent with my partner. And obviously, wherever you go, you use that as an excuse to pig the heck out and eat a quarter kilogram of pork everyday. (HA. Pig pun.) It’s […]

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Is Diversity Killing Comic Sales?

11th April 2017

Marvel’s vice president of sales has comment on the declining sales of comic books, blaming the studio’s efforts at diversifying their character roster. In recent years Marvel has expanded its wealth of diverse characters. They made Iceman gay, Thor is now a woman, and they made the new Spider-Man mixed race. But maybe that’s the […]

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Review: Harry Styles’ debut solo single

7th April 2017

Fans around the world this morning tuned into the many (many) radio stations playing former One Direction star Harry Styles’ debut solo single. It’s been two years since the boys announced they were taking a break from their hectic tour schedule to relax and focus on other projects. It doesn’t seem like Harry has taken time to […]

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Game Review: Nier: Automata

5th April 2017

It’s not often I come across a game I can’t define. A game that really shakes up my Jimmies, and completely subverts my idea of what to expect in a story or characters. So here we go; a look at the weird and wonderful, brutal and binary world that is Nier: Automata. SOME SPOILERS AHEAD […]

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Review: BBC In Our Time Podcasts

5th April 2017

Anyone with an interest in the world and its unusual functions as well as current affairs and how they came to be will find something they love in BBC Radio 4’s In Our Time podcasts. Melvyn Bragg (who may actually have the best job in the world) hosts the programmes where experts (usually academics from some of […]

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Netflix Review: 13 Reasons Why

3rd April 2017

After a long wait and huge hype, Netflix finally released its original series 13 Reasons Why on the 31st of March. Based on the book by Jay Asher, the story follows Clay Jensen, an awkward yet forward student at your average American high school in the aftermath of his friend Hannah Baker’s suicide. The whole […]

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Netflix Review: Riverdale

27th March 2017

If you’re looking for an addictive new show to watch, look no further than Netflix original Riverdale, starring Lili Reinhart, KJ Apa and Cole Sprouse. Riverdale is a mystery crime drama set in a small town which is full of dark secrets and scandals that all seem to revolve round the notorious and crazy Blossom […]

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Review: Red Nose Day Actually

25th March 2017

It’s the event we’ve all been waiting for. Since it’s release in 2003, we’ve been pining to know how our favourites got on. The worst gift-wrapper ever? The Portuguese wife-to-be? The Prime Minister? Of course, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Love Actually‘s epilogue was aired live on BBC One last night as a […]

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ME: Andromeda Receives Mixed Reviews

20th March 2017

After a week of early access for premium players, and some weird animations, we finally have the verdict from sites like IGN, Gamespot, and PC Gamer. However, reactions have been incredibly mixed. Some reviewers have marked it quite high, but the average score seems to be around 7/10 (or 70%). The game suffered from what […]

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Just Not Sorry App: a Very Bad (and Sexist) Idea

18th March 2017

You may remember in January 2016 when Chrome announced a smart new feature that would save women from demeaning themselves in their e-mails. You may remember hearing about how the new extension would highlight certain words in red and provide the option to change to a more suitable alternative. You may remember how the new […]

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‘The Virgin Suicides’ Book Review

14th March 2017

Five sisters raised by middle class, religious parents in the American suburbs kill themselves. This is the stark, bare bones of what Jeffrey Eugenides presents you with on the first page of The Virgin Suicides. The rest of the book, in a heady stupor of hindsight and painful memory, serves to garnish the fact, to […]

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Movie Review: Logan

13th March 2017

Hugh Jackman returns one last time as Wolverine, in probably his best performance ever as an older, grittier Logan. *SPOILERS AHEAD* Set a decade in the future, the outlook is bleak for mutants. All but a few have been wiped out, and no new mutants have been born since the turn of the century. Logan, […]

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Game Review: Titanfall 2

13th March 2017

Think Black Ops 2 with giant, pilotable robots. Oh Titanfall, EA’s problematic title. You poor sweet thing. You deserved more. You deserved a fully-fledged release, away from the likes of Call of Duty: Infinite Sameware, and Reskinfield 1. You deserved far better, from us as players, and from EA as a publisher. Having learned from […]

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Spotify Premium: Worth the Money?

12th March 2017

Long gone are the days of downloading music onto your iPod or Walkman. Music apps like Apple Music and Spotify are growing more and more popular each day, mainly because most devices are no longer compatible with anything else except them. Everyone seems to have the free version of Spotify but not everybody has the […]

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Book Review: The Suffragettes

11th March 2017

Any woman who wants to educate herself on the suffragette movement should read this book. Any woman who wants to pay some sort of homage to those who fought for her vote in this country should read this book. Any person – irrespective of gender – who wants to learn about a part of British […]

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Mini-Review: Latest Inside No.9

10th March 2017

The nature of Inside No.9 and its standalone episodes I feel give me the right to give them each their own little mini-review or reflection on the latest snippet of black comedy action. These little bursts of action-filled plotline and the effort taken to squish a lot of action into a short space of time […]

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Game Review: Battlefield 1

9th March 2017

Think BF4 but with more sniper spam and infuriating map modes. So, EA had a 50% off sale this weekend, and there were a selection of shooters and Sims expansions going for cheap. My attention turned to a bundle deal, with Titanfall 2 and Battlefield 1 for the price of just one game. Let’s start positive. It […]

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Libraries

7th March 2017

“Libraries symbolise a commitment to learning, community and equality that can no longer be taken for granted.” That is a quote from comedian and actor David Mitchell, which I recently came across while reading an article he wrote for The Guardian on the new London Garden Bridge. It got me thinking about how much time […]

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