I started appreciating BIPOC creators thanks to an academic module. I learnt to appreciate the differences between European and American novels or poetry, understanding that reading creations from other parts of the world enriches culture for everyone. Out of everything I read, there is a story I couldn’t forget and decided to analyse further, even using it in an exam: “Children of the Sea” by … Continue reading Reviews in Retrospect: Children of the Sea by Edwige Deniticat
The movie, The Salesman, directed by Asghar Farhadi, narrates the story of a couple of theatre actors in an already difficult situation, Rana and Eman. A lack of money prevents them from having both an apartment and a car, therefore they accept an invitation to move into an apartment offered to them by their friend Babak. What they come to learn very soon, is that the previous owner of the apartment was a sex worker who left her belongings in the apartment in search of another home. Despite the couple’s insistence, no one shows up to get the furniture. When Eman comes home one night he finds his wife covered in blood in a terrible state. She has been assaulted by one of the sex worker’s former clients, who was let in by Rana by mistake. Rana is deeply scarred by the event but can’t bring herself to talk about it and refuses to go to the police or to shower, in fear of re-living her trauma. Continue reading Retribution and Overcoming Trauma in The Salesman
Guillarme del Toro’s 2004 film Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) has been described by many critics in one way or another as a ‘fairy-tale for adults’ because of its combination of fantastical creatures with gore and violence. But there is more to unpack from such a sweeping statement, and it is precisely why this film garners not just the reviews of a sofa-critic, but criticism in the … Continue reading Pan’s Labyrinth: ‘A Fairy-Tale of Delusions’ for Children and Adults Alike
The French movie Divines (2016), directed by Uda Benyamina, looks into the tragic reality of people that are not born privileged and have to find their place in the world, making money and becoming adults a lot sooner than their peers. Dounia is a young adult searching for her identity in a very unfair world. Her mother is not concerned about her wellbeing and the … Continue reading Dance and Dreams in Divines
Most of us can probably recall more intimate knowledge about certain ‘celebs’ compared to details about our close friends. We consume celebrity culture at such a rate that it can be difficult to protest this fact, and the rise of social media has only forged a stronger connection to our favourite public figures. Images of Hollywood parties and luxury lifestyles sit in social feeds amongst … Continue reading Personal Stories and Public Conversations: Why Celebrities Share their Struggles
I have always loved stickers, so much so that I started collecting them when my school encountered the trend (although other kids happened to have better stickers than I had). Fast forward to now, I translated my childhood passion to my early adulthood, deciding to use stickers to increase my productivity, helping me to achieve the tasks I found hard to stick to. Thanks to … Continue reading Best Lockdown Buys: Stickers
What do you get when you cross a scaredy-cat with a horror movie in a cinema?
That’s what I found out first-hand when my friends convinced me to come along and watch the new Conjuring film in the cinema. It was my first time back in a cinema in over a year, and also my first time ever watching a horror movie in an actual cinema. With no blankets to hide under, I wasn’t feeling confident. Continue reading Review: The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It
*Spoiler Alert for first time Friends viewers* There is only one show I can watch constantly – no matter which episode, no matter which season, no matter how many times I have the characters all before. That is the power of Friends. Since it ended, over 17 years ago, Friends has been watched over 100 billion times across all platforms and with good reason. Combining … Continue reading My Favourite Friends Moments
I love Eurovision. It’s not even one of those so-called ‘guilty pleasures’ (a term I strongly disagree with), I just truly love it, and with every year, my love for this song contest intensifies further. For most people, Eurovision is one magical night of the year, but I increasingly allow myself to lean into ‘Eurovision season’ as a concept: the various national finals, the new … Continue reading Why Everyone Should Watch Eurovision
Are you feeling gut wrenchingly guilty after watching Netflix’s Seaspiracy? Created by the same team responsible for Cowspirarcy, the 2014 eco-film that helped usher in veganism as en vogue, Seaspiracy holds a shocking mirror to the impact our fishing industry is having on the environment. Your favourite California roll is probably looking less appetising, and rightly so. The film has pushed many to consider changing … Continue reading How Important is it to Change Your Diet to Support Environmental Causes?