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‘Once Upon A Time In…Hollywood’ — A Review

To describe Once Upon A Time In...Hollywood as Quentin Tarantino’s most personal film to date sounds rather meaningless; he’s never made an impersonal film, having made a career out of mixing the pop-culture ephemera that fascinates him into fizzy, potent, often intoxicating cinematic cocktails. But his ninth film feels like the most directly he has ever communicated his views on...

Midsommar—Review

Midsommar opens with soft, folkish music playing over a mosaic depicting a series of disturbing but whimsically rendered tableaus—so far as statements of intent go, that’s a strong one. It lets us know that, while what we’re about to see is a horror film, it’s not one playing by the conventional tonal and representational rules of cinema. It’s something...

Spider-Man: Far From Home – Review

Spider-Man: Far From Home is a consistently entertaining, winningly-acted film that works best when it embraces the quirky and larger-than-life, both in its performances and its style. It is sometimes overly beholden to its place within the wider Marvel Cinematic Universe, and often suffers from the visual blandness that plagues these films, but it plays just enough unusual notes...

A Guide to Visiting the Edinburgh Fringe

While everyone else flees abroad, some of us find ourselves stuck in Scotland over the summer. Perhaps we have a job here or perhaps (and I know we’re a rare breed) we’re actually from Scotland. Either way, there’s no need to wander forlornly through an empty Union Main Bar until September. Right on our doorstep is the largest arts...

“Yesterday”: A Review

Yesterday is an example of one of the most frustrating types of film: the "good enough" movie you sense has greatness in its reach, but isn’t quite committed enough or brave enough to get there. It is often quite funny and quite clever, and occasionally quite touching, without ever being as genuinely witty, thought-provoking, or transcendentally emotional as it could...

‘Years and Years’: A Review

This summer’s TV schedule is full of doom and despair. Chernobyl, The Virtues, Catch-22... and, of course, Love Island. You think we’d try to escape the dystopia being burnt onto our eyeballs whenever we watch the news and yet we seem to want it in our entertainment as well. Amidst all this great and gloomy TV is Years and...

Wealth of Talent on Show at St Andrews Film Festival

As the semester drags on and exam season sets in, St Andrews can start to feel increasingly claustrophobic. The St Andrews Film Festival was the perfect antidote to this. Taking place on Sunday, the event lasted all day and comprised an impressive 45 short films by young filmmakers from St Andrews and beyond, a talk from industry professionals and...

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?: A Review

Whilst some things are “certainly a flop” Mermaids 'Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' was not one of them. As someone who has been at various universities over the past four years, I’ve seen my fair share of student theatre. Naively, I thought I knew what to expect. I thought I knew the recipe for student theatre; enjoyable but nothing...

Mark Drama: A Review

It is very rare that a critic is short or even lost for words. Typically, there are faults and flaws to dissect and assess, or, perhaps more infrequently, for this reviewer at least, praise and adulation to award. However, every once in a while, one finds themselves in the unfortunate position of being unable to properly address and communicate...

The TV of St Andrews: What students are watching

In a golden age of TV some series bathe in the glow of public and critical adoration, while others of equal quality lay in their shadow. I asked some students to share their favourite underrated shows, hopefully these will provide some inspiration for revision procrastination over the coming weeks. But first, how is it that these shows go unnoticed? And...