Café Society

UK Release Date – 2nd September 2016 Woody Allen’s latest release is a curious period rom-com, in which Jesse Eisenberg plays a young Hollywood hopeful who falls in love with his powerful uncle’s mistress (Kristen Stewart). Set against the backdrop of the glamorously romanticised 1930s, Café Society is visually commanding but lacking in depth and…

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Islam is not a homogeneous blob

By Julius L. Geertz The following are Christians: Adventists, Anglicans, Catholics, Evangelicals, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Lutherans, Orthodox – Greek, Russian, Georgian, and Pentecostals. They are all distinct from each other. The German CDU is on the political right. The Presidents of Ecuador, El Salvador and Nicaragua are firmly on the left. All derive policy from Catholic teaching.…

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Why couldn’t we save Fabric?

This morning, Islington council revoked Fabric’s license following the unfortunate deaths of two 18 year-old boys on the premises due to drug overdoses, thus spelling the end of Fabric. The closure feels part of an ongoing systematic attack and deconstruction of London’s night club culture that has seen the closure of nearly 50% of London…

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Sundown 2016

It’s now at the tail end of the British music festival season. Each summer we see the familiar sights: wasted fifteen year olds wrongly lip-syncing chart hits before passing out in an overworked portaloo, the butchering of basic tent building, and the glorious mixture of old and young living amongst genuine squalor and filth for…

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My Woman – Angel Olsen

UK Release Date – 2nd September 2016 Angel tenderly sails through the opening synth-infused track Intern with her soft, subdued vocals, seemingly contrasting the mundane of the everyday workplace with the recurring disappointment she finds in love. “Still got to wake up and be someone” she sings, giving an impression of the tedium she finds in…

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Stranger Things

Release Date – 15th July 2016 Netflix has secured its place amongst the top providers of original content alongside the likes of HBO, Fox, and AMC – to name but a few – where before it was primarily a platform on which those latter companies could stream their content. Although Netflix’s original content is far from perfect…

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Blonde – Frank Ocean

UK Release Date – 20th August 2016 Four years isn’t an especially long time to wait for an album – certainly not long in a year that boasts the release of The Avalanche’s Wildflower, American Football’s upcoming self-titled sophomore, and the possibility of a new LCD Soundsystem album. Even the new Bon Iver album supersedes…

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