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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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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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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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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 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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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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Review: Bridgerton (Season Two)

Netflix’s hit series Bridgerton turns over a new leaf in season two with fresh gossip and swoon-worthy romance. Although you may expect a Regency era romance series to attract only seasoned fans of period dramas, season one of Bridgerton drew huge audiences because it was fresh, unashamedly raunchy and beautifully diverse. When it came out, I found myself enjoying a period drama for the first time in my life; … Continue reading Review: Bridgerton (Season Two)

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Turning Red: Pixar and Puberty

Turning Red is a fun and heart-warming coming of age story made by Pixar; with huge progress in representation with a Chinese Canadian main protagonist and multicultural characters and casting, it is no doubt a must-see film. However, this film has seen a lot of controversy from parents who believe the content of the film is unacceptable, specifically period talk; some claiming that children in the … Continue reading Turning Red: Pixar and Puberty

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Sex on Screen

As part of SHAG week, RAZZ writer Lulu Bullman explores the depiction of sex on the big screen. Sex on screen can either set hearts racing or cause feelings of embarrassment and unease – especially if you find yourself in that awkward situation, watching a programme with the rest of your family, sitting in stone cold silence as you view a scene that no one … Continue reading Sex on Screen

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Review: Emily in Paris (Season 2)

Emily in Paris is about a 29 year old marketing professional who moves to Paris, France. It follows both her work life and her internal life, and, surprisingly for a show so camp and heavily exaggerated in places, it actually has some fairly relatable elements. For example, Emily’s inability to switch off from work and her anxiousness about doing her job perfectly are common real-world … Continue reading Review: Emily in Paris (Season 2)