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“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...

A guide to playing Pokemon Go in St Andrews

Most people remember Pokémon Go for the second-half of summer 2016, when it launched in early July and it seemed as if everyone and their mother was out in the park enjoying the sunshine and catching Magikarps or Pidgeys. As such, many would assume that as they stopped playing Pokémon Go after that fateful summer, so did the rest...

Reading for Pleasure During Exam Season? Novellas for the Busy Student

Exam season: The two dreaded words that seem to be on the tip of everyone’s tongue. It can be frustrating to be told to ‘take a productive break’ from studying, because let’s face it, no one really knows what that means. Maybe it’s watching an episode (or ten) of your favourite TV show. Maybe it’s listening to loud music....

Spotlight: Wax Collective

I hate to use the ‘living under a rock’ cliché but... well, if you’re a St Andrews student and haven’t heard of Wax Collective, I don’t how else to put it. These guys have taken over. Their events dominate the alternative music scene of St Andrews, and the social scene; they have cultivated a community whose strength could rival...

Byre Theatre: A summer season worth sticking around for

Despite the fact that this academic year’s theatre season is drawing to a close, it is clear from the Byre’s May-to-September catalogue that theatre is still well and truly alive over the summer. Indeed, regardless of the dwindling of students from May onwards, the Byre will continue to produce shows of great significance and theatricality and, therefore, it seems...