July 2021 in Film

This seems to be becoming a series! In July I saw: In The Earth, Things Heard & Seen, Deerskin, Black Widow and OLD. I won’t be including any non-new films from now on, or these posts would literally go on forever. In The Earth (2021) I really don’t know where to start with this. The […]

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The Lesson

Lisa Bradley’s campus-thriller, The Lesson, is a classic who-do-you-trust mixed with serious questions about issues facing students and staff at universities. Bradley has already created a signature pacing (see my Paper Dolls review) and it doesn’t let you slip away for a second here. Honestly, I was hooked. Spoiler Free Synopsis Evie is a second […]

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Far From the Tree

Rob Parker’s Thirty Mile Trilogy begins with a detective novel that reads like a season of Unforgotten or Line of Duty, brought to you by Red Dog Press, perfect for fans of crime shows, true and fictional alike. Spoiler Free Synopsis After an anonymous tip, twenty-seven bodies are found in a mass grave in the […]

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June 2021 in Film

Last month I saw two 2021 movies and two movies that have been hanging around a while. So, instead of boring you with four separate reviews, I thought I’d go through them in one go. In the Heights (2021) On Tuesday I finally saw Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical In the Heights. The first thing I want […]

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Nobody

Nobody was such a joy. It was stylish, silly and had major John Wick vibes, with a hint of Better Call Saul and even American Beauty. Synopsis (Spoiler Free) In a nutshell, Nobody tells the story of Hutch Mansell (Bob Odenkirk), a family man. Hutch has a normal life, he gets up, works out, drinks […]

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10 things the conjuring 3 got wrong

The newest instalment of the “Conjuring” franchise, aka “The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It”, is based on the true story of Arne Cheyenne Johnson and how Ed and Lorraine Warren helped him claim he had been possessed. The possession began with David Glatzel, the 11- year-old brother of Arne’s girlfriend, Debbie. During his […]

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Top 10 Films of 2020

It’s been a weird year for everyone, and film included. I’m itching to get back to the cinema, one of my most happy places. Luckily, I did get to attend the film festival and I’ve managed to fill many gaps through the wonders of streaming services. So here’s the list. Spoiler free! 10. Shirley In […]

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Historical Fiction Review: Dangerous Women

Set on board the Rajah, which set sail from London in April 1841, Dangerous Women is inspired by a true story of a quilt, sewn by some of the women on board the ship and involves a (fictional) stabbing. The ship took 180 women, who were convicted of various crimes, from London to Austria – […]

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History in the News: January 2021

Welcome to History in the News! It’s pretty self explanatory… but please comment if you have any suggestions! News 5 January: A set of bones has been found in the walls of a 1860s monastery. BBC News. 7 January: University College London apologises for it’s links to eugenics, including coiner of the term, Francis Galton. […]

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Primo Levi in Quotes

Wednesday 27th January 2021, was Holocaust memorial day; it has been 76 years since the liberation of Auschwitz. And every person, whether you’re a Holocaust scholar or have never even heard of Primo Levi, should learn about this loquacious man. Here I use his own quotes to (hopefully) explain why Levi is so important to […]

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