…Voldermort and the Teenage Hogwarts Musical Parody (a quickie review)

Genuinely funny, enjoyable and adorable, if you can ignore the straying from Potter canon. Last night my cousin took me to the King’s Head Theatre in Islington for a surprise birthday treat – Voldermort and the Teenage Hogwarts Musical Parody, which had gotten great reviews at the fringe. And of course, she had booked seats […]

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…Woman at War (Film Review)

Beautiful, tense, funny and slightly surreal, Woman at War ticked all my boxes. Warning: Spoilers Plot Halla (Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir), who in her day-to-day life is a choir conductor, is also an eco-warrior. The film begins with one of her attempts to call attention to the Rio Tinto aluminium plant’s impact on the environment – by […]

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…Us (Film Review)

Jordan Peele’s eagerly awaited second movie is nothing on Get Out, but still an enjoyable modern horror. Warning: Minor Spoilers Plot A family visit their holiday home near the beach of Santa Cruz. The mother, Adelaide, had a bad experience as a child at the funfair at Santa Cruz and begins to wonder if that […]

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…Mary Queen of Scots (Film Review)

In the wake of the astoundingly popular The Favourite, it’s easy to see why Mary Queen of Scots would be both highly anticipated and bitterly disappointing. The Basic Plot The movie opens with a short explanation of Mary’s life so far – that she was married at 15 and widowed at 18; she then returned […]

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…La La Land: A Love Letter

For those of you who read my blog regularly, you’ll know that last week I saw RENT and it was an emotional experience for me. I felt like my was heart sad and my soul needed repairing. Musicals and plays do this to me; they make me feel something very personal, a connection to the […]

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…RENT on Stage (Theatre Review)

I disliked Roger’s hair, and that’s the worst thing I have to say about this performance. In other words, wow. Plot A group of friends are living in New York at the end of the 1990s. Half of the group are suffering from HIV/AIDS. Mark, who isn’t inflected with the virus, a film maker (and […]

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…Passengers (Film Review)

Passengers or, proof that fantastic actors can’t necessarily make up for bad writing, the Sci-Fi, Romance/Stockholm Syndrome movie WARNING: Spoilers. Plot Jim (Chris Pratt) wakes up. He is on a space station that is sending 5,000 passengers (and some crew) to a new planet, so start a new life. However, there’s something wrong. He’s woken […]

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…One – Sarah Crossan (YA Book Review)

Conjoined twins Grace and Tippi are growing up and as they do they need to face both new challenges and heartbreaking decisions. Plot Basis Grace and Tippi are conjoined twins, from the waist down. The book is narrated by Grace, who is the quieter, shier of the twins. At the beginning of the story, they […]

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May We Be Forgiven – a.m.homes

Another fantastic novel from the amazing a.m.homes – one for everyone I know, from my best friends to acquaintances, from my book-loving mother to the non-readers in my life: I would recommend this to everyone. Synopsis At the beginning of the novel, Harry’s life is relatively normal. He is married, with no children, he works […]

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Black Mirror Season Three: Best to Worst

I’ve always loved Black Mirror and have previously posted about seasons one and two; this time what I’m posting about is each episode, in order of best to worst, with a synopsis and thoughts on each. Let me know if you agree. WARNING: SPOILERS  The Episodes: From Best to Worst Episode Four: San Junipero Synopsis Two girls […]

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