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The Controversy and Cult Following of American Psycho (2000)

Adapted from the controversial novel by Bret Easton Ellis, American Psycho follows the story of Patrick Bateman, an attractive young businessman who also happens to be a psychopath. While trying to hide this aspect of his identity from his friends and co-workers, Bateman (played by Christian Bale) secretly gives into his violent desires as the film progresses.  A financial and critical success when it was … Continue reading The Controversy and Cult Following of American Psycho (2000)

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A Rom-Com with a Difference: Blending Bollywood and Beckham (Bend it Like Beckham, 2002)

It is no revolutionary statement to suggest that the teenage rom coms of the early 2000s are reminisced upon with a bubble of luminescent nostalgia. The likes of How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days and Bridget Jones’ Diary dominated the early noughties with a light-hearted but rather clichéd charm. Yet, what Gurinder Chadha’s Bend it Like Beckham brings to the table is far more than a senseless outburst of … Continue reading A Rom-Com with a Difference: Blending Bollywood and Beckham (Bend it Like Beckham, 2002)

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Disrupting the ‘Nice Guy’ in Emerald Fennell’s Promising Young Woman (2020)

*film and article contains references to sexual assault* I’ve gone back and forth, undecided about how to start this article. Did I enjoy Promising Young Woman? Yes. Did I think it was one of the cleverest films I’ve ever watched? Yes. Do I now want to be best friends with Emerald Fennell? Absolutely. So, why was I at such a loss of words at where to … Continue reading Disrupting the ‘Nice Guy’ in Emerald Fennell’s Promising Young Woman (2020)

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Gerwig’s Representation of Female Ambition in Little Women (2019)

Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of Little Women speaks of independence and self assertion to a 21st century audience. The classic became popular thanks to its pastoral themes and its heartwarming portrayal of the family life of four sisters showing human connections in moments of fun and hardship. This adaptation aims to give a different account that focuses on Jo, the most independent of the four sisters, … Continue reading Gerwig’s Representation of Female Ambition in Little Women (2019)

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Wonder Woman (2017): A Battle of Truth

*contains spoilers* Secrets. Ignorance. Betrayal. DC’s Wonder Woman (2017), directed by Patty Jenkins, is a story of Diana, a warrior princess who leaves her home to fight in a battle that leads to her discovering her true heritage and identity.  The film begins with a prologue voiced by Gal Gadot, who plays Princess Diana of Themyscira aka Wonder Woman. It alludes to a change in attitude following … Continue reading Wonder Woman (2017): A Battle of Truth

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#RazzFilmFest 2022: Films by Women

You are cordially invited to RAZZ’s last project of the academic year: our virtual film festival! Over the next two weeks (4th July – 17th July), RAZZ will be publishing articles written by our society members concerning different films. Throughout the last few years topics such as International Film and Rom-Coms have been analysed by our writers. This year, we created a poll and the society … Continue reading #RazzFilmFest 2022: Films by Women

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Pride is Not Just a Month

Each year, throughout the month of June everywhere you look you can see rainbows ranging from display stands, changed brand logos to actual pride products for sale, yet how much of a difference is this doing for the LGBTQIA community? Despite the term queer baiting only being recognised by the Oxford English dictionary as recently as March 2021, it has been around and in action … Continue reading Pride is Not Just a Month

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Creative Corner: I think I know now.

I think I know now.  I can never stop. I can never stop clasping at  dreams given in sweat-filled sleep (glimpses of  this body’s legacy). I am a mosaic of mothers, don’t you see? It’s something imprinted on my heart, still.  And it is branded deep. The revelations of this me seep through the barrier of a simple mind: It is not only I who … Continue reading Creative Corner: I think I know now.

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Reading Corner: Luster by Raven Leilani

I first came across Luster via Zadie Smith’s recommendation, who called Raven Leilani’s writing “exacting, hilarious and deadly”. I couldn’t agree more with this description. Luster is beautifully written, characterised by raw, intrusive observations and a particularly gripping opening chapter, which introduces us to the character of Edie, a young black girl living in modern day New York. After Edie meets Eric, a fortysomething white man in … Continue reading Reading Corner: Luster by Raven Leilani

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Depp V. Heard: What does it mean for domestic abuse victims?

Reacting to or discussing the Depp V Heard trial and outcome almost certainly meant you had to pick a
side. If you didn’t or still haven’t, it’s likely to be perceived as complacency or a lack of care for the topics
at hand. This case can’t be brushed off as celebrity drama and saying, ‘I think they’re both awful people’
tracks in an unspoken meaning; ‘I think they’re both the bad-guy.’ That incites defensiveness and harsh
responses from people, leading to charged and barbarous conversations in which D.A. and S.A. victims
may be forced to confront or even sanction the very offences they themselves suffered in order to
uphold their argument. Being cornered into picking a side means having to align oneself with someone
accused of involvement in life-altering offences.
Continue reading Depp V. Heard: What does it mean for domestic abuse victims?

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Love Island Champions a Sustainable Future

It’s June, which means that most of us have the familiar jingle of the Love Island theme tune playing
on a loop in our heads. Toned bodies, exclamations of ‘got a text!’ and awkward firepit convos
abound! But this year, something is different. Instead of the standard violently neon, probably highly
flammable clothes made in factories where workers make £3.50 per hour, this year’s islanders are
donning second-hand fits thanks to Ebay. Continue reading Love Island Champions a Sustainable Future

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Review: Lovestruck High

If you haven’t seen Lovestruck High yet, you’re in for a treat.

Fifteen UK singles are taken back to high school where they date their classmates and make new friends.

However, they’re not signing up for your usual British comprehensive – this is Lovestruck High, modelled on the American high schools that we’ve seen in teen movies. Continue reading Review: Lovestruck High

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Review: ‘The Last Words’

The Last Words by Theatre With Teeth, Exeter’s own student-led drama company, is a gritty murder mystery with a twist. The story takes place in the midst of a murder investigation, but one in which the victim survived her own murder. Protagonist Rebecca, played by Emily Wallace, wakes up unable to remember anything about her life – or death – apart from the last words spoken to her by the other characters. Continue reading Review: ‘The Last Words’

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Discover Devon: Plymouth

There are only two cities in Devon: Exeter and Plymouth. Plymouth is early accessible and full of history and stories to uncover so, why haven’t you visited yet? Throughout my time at university, I have travelled to Plymouth a handful of times and each time, it hasn’t disappointed. Only an hour from Exeter on the train, you can travel to Plymouth from St David’s station … Continue reading Discover Devon: Plymouth

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Why is Netflix Losing Subscribers?

Netflix lost 200,000 subscribers in the first 2022 quarter as it failed to meet its early prediction of adding 2.5 million subscribers to its customer base. Even worse, more people are forecast to follow them out of the door. The business said a number of factors were behind this, including rising prices, the conflict in Ukraine, and ferocious rivalry with other streaming services – so … Continue reading Why is Netflix Losing Subscribers?

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A Black Annabeth: Why It’s Okay to Be “Inaccurate” in Adaptations

Disney recently began announcing the casting for their upcoming Percy Jackson adaptation, based on the books of the same name by Rick Riordan. However, the casting of Annabeth Chase was met with much controversy why? Because, she is a black actress. Leah Jeffries has been cast as Annabeth Chase, one of the central protagonists from the Percy Jackson series. I read those books when I … Continue reading A Black Annabeth: Why It’s Okay to Be “Inaccurate” in Adaptations

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The Pressures of the “Summer Bod”

There is one thing that can certainly determine the start of summer: a beach day. I went to the beach for what felt like the first time in forever this week after finishing my first-year exams, and although ecstatic, I couldn’t help but feel anxious all day long. It got me thinking, to what extent are these anxieties my own insecurities or an internalized response … Continue reading The Pressures of the “Summer Bod”

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Adidas’ Sports Bra Campaign: Should it be banned?

In February, Adidas launched their campaign promoting 43 different sizes of sports bras. The campaign was centred on breast diversity and included a collage of breasts of all shapes and sizes from women of all races and ages alongside the hashtag #Supportiseverything. From this, one might assume that the ‘one size fits all’ days have finally reached their expiration date and that this is a … Continue reading Adidas’ Sports Bra Campaign: Should it be banned?

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Performance Review: Exeter Shakespeare Company’s Julius Caesar

Sweeping me in from cobbled streets in an area of Exeter that I’d never set foot before, The Hall was the perfect venue in which to be hurtled along with the tide of political thrill and plotting. Exeter Shakespeare Company’s performance of Julius Caesar hit the mark in making this timeless play relevant and new. Julius Caesar is a Shakespearean classic: conspiracy, drama, and of … Continue reading Performance Review: Exeter Shakespeare Company’s Julius Caesar

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Review: Conversations with Friends (2022)

** contains mild spoilers for the series ** Sally Rooney’s 2017 debut Conversations with Friends is a book I read a couple of years ago and loved – and when I reread it before watching the recent adaptation, I loved it even more.  The 12-part BBC Three and Hulu series tells the story of university students, best friends and ex-lovers Frances and Bobbi, who become involved with … Continue reading Review: Conversations with Friends (2022)

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Reading Corner: Dreamsnake by Vonda McIntyre

Dreamsnake: an under-appreciated novel for the ages and quite possibly my new favourite book. As far as I’m concerned, its main flaw is the lack of a sequel. Set far in the future, the events of Dreamsnake occur long after a nuclear war has decimated most of the world. The story is told from the perspective of Snake, a woman who uses modified serpents to heal … Continue reading Reading Corner: Dreamsnake by Vonda McIntyre

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Discover Devon: Exmoor National Park

Exmoor, the national park on the North Devon coast, may be more difficult to get to than Dartmoor but, it is nevertheless worth a visit. I recently took a trip to Exmoor and was very pleasantly surprised by a lovely few days of walking. Spanning the coastline, moorland, farmland and some beautiful villages and towns, Exmoor has a little something for everyone. I headed on … Continue reading Discover Devon: Exmoor National Park

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Review: The Northman (2022)

*Warning: minor spoilers ahead* With throats ripped out, noses chopped off, and penises slapped around, The Northman is a wild ride from start to finish. The plot focuses on Prince Amleth (played by Alexander Skarsgård) and his mission to avenge his father’s death and save his mother from his uncle’s clutches. An action-packed viking epic; it was so gory I found it difficult to watch at times. Although I … Continue reading Review: The Northman (2022)

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How Real is BeReal?

Whilst I used to be very sceptical of the latest social media phenomenons and have almost
completely avoided TikTok, Be Real is certainly something I’ve got on board with. For all
it’s pros and cons which I’ll delve into later, the concept of having two minutes a day to “be
real” is pretty cool. There’s no denying the fact that with apps such as Instagram, we have
certainly lost any concept of authenticity. For most people, myself included, it’s a way to
showcase your highlights, but it’s to forget that not everything is shiny bells and whistles.
The concept of Be Real, is a push to “break down social media’s obsession with
perfectionism” because you should only post when it’s time to be real – if you’re late, your
followers can see how late you are and therefore how real you are too.
Continue reading How Real is BeReal?

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I don’t mind if the man pays on the first date… Does that mean I’m not a feminist?

Having recently downloaded Tinder for the first time, I was thrust into the muddy waters of creeps, “nice guys”, cheesy pick-up lines and illicit photographs. With the occasional rare gem who actually wanted a deeper conversation than an aubergine emoji or ‘DTF’ message sent late at night; a date eventually ensues. Whether it goes well or disastrously, the awkward moment with the bill is guaranteed … Continue reading I don’t mind if the man pays on the first date… Does that mean I’m not a feminist?

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Review: Heartstopper (Season 1; 2022)

In among the swathes of theatrical dramas and factual documentaries, what Netflix show should you stream if you’re hoping for something new and appealing that maybe skews a bit younger? The answer is plastered all over your Top 10 recommendations and your Twitter timeline: Heartstopper. If you know, you know – and if you don’t, you’re about to discover why Netflix’s warm and fuzzy show … Continue reading Review: Heartstopper (Season 1; 2022)

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A New Twitter?

In recent weeks, the buzz surrounding popular social media app Twitter has been clouded by conversations about privacy and the right to freedoms. This has been spurred on by the announcement that Elon Musk is buying Twitter for $44 billion dollars with the aim of axing the censorship that is currently enforced on the site.  Twitter claimed its censorship policy does not restrict users based … Continue reading A New Twitter?

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The Best Met Gala Looks 2022

When it comes to the Met Gala, we all know the deal. Suddenly, we are no longer on the periphery, not audience members, mere consumers or even fans. We are fashion critics. Anna Wintour, respectfully step aside. At the Met Gala, we, the people decide what is hot or not. Now, before we get into this I want you to know that I don’t think a … Continue reading The Best Met Gala Looks 2022

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Performance Review: Dr John Cooper Clarke @ Exeter Corn Exchange

Legend of punk poetry, Dr. John Cooper Clarke, stuns Exeter Corn Exchange with an absurd tirade of one-man showmanship. From the open-mics of his native Salford and the iconic haze of the Old Grey Whistle Test to the pop-disorder of 8 Out of 10 Cats and the closing verses of the Arctic Monkeys’ platinum-selling, ‘AM’, the acerbic punk-poetry of Dr. John Cooper Clarke has met … Continue reading Performance Review: Dr John Cooper Clarke @ Exeter Corn Exchange

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Album Review: Skinty Fia by Fontaines DC

The Irish quintet are no longer the underdogs who were crying about being ‘Boys in the Better Land’. Despite the musical stardom that has come since Irishness gladly remains at the beating heart of their illustrious discography. The rich and heartfelt lyrics of Grian Chatten combined with catchy bass lines has resulted in their best work yet and proves that their fame is well deserved. … Continue reading Album Review: Skinty Fia by Fontaines DC

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Review: The Weekend Away (2022)

*trigger warnings for abuse, emotional distress, death, cheating etc.* *contains spoilers* What if you went on holiday with your best friend for a weekend and during that time, everything changed? That is exactly what happens in the movie The Weekend Away, inspired by the book by Sarah Alderson.  When Beth, played by Leighton Meester, goes on holiday to Croatia with her best friend Kate, they … Continue reading Review: The Weekend Away (2022)

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The Downfall of Kanye West

From 22 time Grammy winning sensation to being banned from the very same awards , how did Kanye West’s “greatest of all time” reputation take such a tumble into chaos? Tracing his career all the way back to his roots, we watch a mentally ill man with a fair share of personal trauma become less and less fit for a life of fame. So why do the media persist in portraying his character as a joke to the public? And – perhaps more importantly – is it such a laughing matter? Continue reading The Downfall of Kanye West

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Why is Everyone So Obsessed with Wordle?

Surely, you’ve heard of Wordle, the word-guessing game which has “well and truly cemented itself as a part of 2022’s pop culture”. However, if you’ve been living under a rock and still have no idea what Wordle is, let alone why everyone is obsessed with it, allow me to explain. As I’ve mentioned, Wordle is a word-guessing game: you have six goes to guess a … Continue reading Why is Everyone So Obsessed with Wordle?

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World Cup 2022: Is it just a game?

Sports washing is a term used to describe countries using big sports events to move attention away from the human rights issues within it. There have been several claims that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar is doing the same. From labour conditions to laws on sexuality, the choice of host country has been met with much controversy. Qatar will be the first middle eastern … Continue reading World Cup 2022: Is it just a game?

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The Death of the Teen Dystopian Movie

It’s been ten years since the first Hunger Games film was released. Can you believe it? Let me take you back to the 2010s, before Tiktok, before Zoom, before Masks…ah, a blissful time. Before our own real-life dystopia happened, the 2010s provided us with many examples of what could happen if the world was plunged into disaster. There’s no doubt that dystopia is a wide genre; many may think of The Walking Dead, The 100 or The Society (so many ‘thes’), but there was something about the Teen Dystopian Movie that hypnotised our generation.  Continue reading The Death of the Teen Dystopian Movie

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Reading Corner: House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland

It has been a while since a book swallowed me up whole. House of Hollow did just that, opening wide into a dark, sweetly perfumed world of rot, decay, and sharp beauty. Krystal Sutherland’s novel tells the story of three sisters, each angular and devastatingly enchanting, with crescent silver scars stitched into their necks, black eyes, and strange white hair. However, they weren’t always that … Continue reading Reading Corner: House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland

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“We’re Not Even Together”: Why Talking-Stage Breakups Are Sometimes Harder

It’s 2022: The digital age has re-shaped romance and the dating scene entirely. Whilst heart felt letters and hand-picked flowers were once the currency of love, things are no longer as simple as back when our grandparents were dating. Whilst we may yearn for what we see in black and white films or wish we could do things “the old-fashioned way”, the dating game is now played out through a social media sphere. In fact, so much of getting to know one another takes place online, thanks to the rise of popular platforms such as Tinder, Hinge, Bumble and many, many more. Continue reading “We’re Not Even Together”: Why Talking-Stage Breakups Are Sometimes Harder

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The Definitive Easter Egg Ranking

Note: At RAZZ, we are of course aware that Easter is first and foremost a religious holiday. This article is not meant to offend or make light of anyone’s religious beliefs.  With Easter fast approaching, it is about time we started talking about the very important decision you have to make. You’re in Tesco, perusing the selection of Easter eggs…. Which one should you choose? … Continue reading The Definitive Easter Egg Ranking

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Culture Comforts: Friends

The TV series Friends is not a recent release however, since it was added to Netflix’s catalog, a new audience from across the globe has been introduced to the popular American sitcom. I am not new to Friends; when I was ten my family each had a day when we could choose what to watch on TV and my sister and I always chose Friends. … Continue reading Culture Comforts: Friends

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Singles’ Round Up: ‘As It Was’ by Harry Styles

If Harry Styles’ last record was “about having sex and feeling sad,” the very same sentiment could be used to describe ‘As It Was,’ written by Styles alongside his skilled collaborators Kid Harpoon and Tyler Johnson, who both produced the track, and moving into “eighties-style synth-pop, in the vein of A-Ha or Depeche Mode.” “It’s not the same as it was” gives the impression that … Continue reading Singles’ Round Up: ‘As It Was’ by Harry Styles

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Creative Corner: ‘Love is a pink candy floss gremlin, hiding under a rock.’

They say: love is mysterious, love is beautiful, love is iridescent and glittering, something ethereal and sublime – and hey, who am I to say that it’s not? But for most of us, being the imperfect obsessive creatures that we are, love has a little stubby turned up nose like a bat and glinting pointed claws and fur sticking up in spikes. Skittering, scattering, sniffling … Continue reading Creative Corner: ‘Love is a pink candy floss gremlin, hiding under a rock.’

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Review: Eastern Angles’ Production of ‘The Ballad of Maria Marten’

 Please note that this play covers themes which some viewers may find disturbing and therefore, this review also considers issues such as abuse, domestic abuse and murder. We would always suggest researching the play before attendance to ensure you feel comfortable and safe.  The Ballad of Maria Marten is a terrific play written by Beth Flintoff and directed by Hal Chambers. I started going to … Continue reading Review: Eastern Angles’ Production of ‘The Ballad of Maria Marten’