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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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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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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)

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: Don’t Look Up (2021)

As soon as I saw the star spangled movie poster of Don’t Look Up, I knew it was going to be a good one. I mean, who wouldn’t want to watch Meryl Streep as president? Even so, I was apprehensive to watch it. The sensation that we could be obliterated at any moment is a fear I’m sure we’ve all catastrophized about (right?!). The end … Continue reading Review: Don’t Look Up (2021)

Review: tick, tick…..BOOM!

“Everyone’s unhappy,” Jon yells at Susan. “That’s what New York is!” Set in New York in the 1990s, Andrew Garfield stars as the late playwright and composer Jonathan Larson before the premiere of Rent, a musical which made Larson famous posthumously. Directed by Lin-Manuel Miranda (creator and writer of Hamilton) and structured as a meta-musical, the film depicts a frustrated Larson who fears that, as he … Continue reading Review: tick, tick…..BOOM!

The Politics of Attraction in Love Hard

spoiler warning! I love a good Christmas movie and we’re at that time of year when Netflix starts to release a bunch of holiday goodies. Admittedly, some of these films are great cinematic masterpieces! Others are… guilty pleasures. From The Princess Switch trilogy (yes trilogy) and The Knight Before Christmas to the mandatory viewing of The Holiday and Love Actually, Netflix knows how to keep … Continue reading The Politics of Attraction in Love Hard

Review: You (Season 3)

*Spoiler Warning* You: a word we will never hear the same way again. Season three of the hit psychological thriller You, starring Penn Badgley, entices the population once again with stalker/serial killer Joe taking his ego to the fictional town of ‘Madre Linda’. Right off the bat, the chosen destination of Joe’s new home strikes immediate comparison from the previous seasons. What does this mean … Continue reading Review: You (Season 3)

Squid Game, Capitalism and the Popularity of the K-Drama

*Spoiler Warning* What was once a subculture of people willing to read subtitles has now become a popular and normalised activity; Netflix’s new release Squid Game has more people watching k-dramas than ever before. The show certainly has some controversy worth discussion – and I’m not just talking about the reawakened debate of dubbed or subbed – but the deeper meaning and political messages interlaced … Continue reading Squid Game, Capitalism and the Popularity of the K-Drama