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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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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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Interview: Okay, Bye

Ahead of their first date of their headline UK tour, Co-President and Online Editor Senthur Shanmugarasa sat down with lead singer Grace at the Lilac Bakery in Exeter St Thomas. Hey! How’s it going? How does it feel to be headlining your first tour? It’s actually not our first tour! When we were a two piece and just before Brexit, Tom and I did 10 … Continue reading Interview: Okay, Bye

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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

Euphoria: Our Generation’s Edgy Answer to Teen Drama

Euphoria is back with its long-awaited second series. The HBO show, which follows the lives and loves of a group of high school teenagers has already secured its place in contemporary pop culture after becoming the breakout hit of 2019. But before its sophomore season hit our screens, Euphoria’s star Zendaya issued a trigger warning to viewers, a sentiment which was echoed by her co-stars. In a statement put out on social media, she says “…I do want to reiterate to everyone that Euphoria is for mature audiences. This season, maybe even more so than the last, is deeply emotional and deals with subject matter that can be triggering and difficult to watch. Please only watch if you feel comfortable…”  Continue reading Euphoria: Our Generation’s Edgy Answer to Teen Drama

Review: Exeter University Shakespeare Company’s ‘The Duchess of Malfi’

he Chapter House at Exeter Cathedral was lit by candles on Monday’s chilly winter evening, ready to host the cast and crew of Exeter University Shakespeare Company — who have been rehearsing since late September — as they prepared to take Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi onto the stage. The Chapter House provided both an intimate setting for the tragedy — with dialogue often occuring in the aisle, fully immersing the audience into the plot — and yet also presented the audience with the grandeur and awe that naturally comes with the divine space, the balance of the two perfect for such a production. The rows of chairs were adorned with fake ivy which, coupled with the grand nature of such a space, transported the near-full audience into a realm of Jacobean atmosphere. Continue reading Review: Exeter University Shakespeare Company’s ‘The Duchess of Malfi’

Review: Nora: A Doll’s House

A reworking of Henrik Isben’s 1879 groundbreaking play, ‘Nora: A Doll’s House’ by Stefi Smith was beautifully adapted by Exeter University Theatre Company in this production. The play features three simultaneous versions of Nora in 1918, 1968 and 2018 – with the years aligning themselves with significant moments in the feminist movement  To execute what is essentially three versions of the same play at the … Continue reading Review: Nora: A Doll’s House

Review: The Body Remembers

RAZZ’s BAME officer Ana Anajuba reviews Heather Agyepong’s solo dance performance which took place at Exeter’s Phoenix earlier this month. Created and performed by artist, dancer, and actor Heather Agyepong, The Body Remembers is an innovatively interwoven piece of theatre that utilised visual and audio elements to present a deep exploration of trauma and movement within the body, specifically in Black British women. It delves … Continue reading Review: The Body Remembers

“Don’t pester those below – because they are below”: Poison, Privilege, and Self-Preservation in The Platform

Set in a dimly lit, concrete complex of bare prison cells that appears to have no end, Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia’s sci-fi thriller The Platform introduces us to a world governed by inequality, uncertainty, and suspicion. In the film, we meet protagonist Goreng, who voluntarily enters what seems to be literal Hell-on-Earth, armed with nothing but a copy of Don Quixote to defend himself against the horrific trials and corruption he is yet to encounter. We quickly learn that the prison operates on a system whereby a dining-table-like platform of luxurious foods is lowered down throughout the complex, temporarily halting at every cell to allow each pair of occupants to eat. Subsequently, those on the higher levels take it upon themselves to self-indulge, leaving nothing for those below them.  Continue reading “Don’t pester those below – because they are below”: Poison, Privilege, and Self-Preservation in The Platform