Category: Culture

Bowie & Basquiat at Bowie/ Collector

Bowie & Basquiat at Bowie/ Collector

Selected pieces from David Bowie’s extensive art collection are on show at Sotheby’s, at the Bowie/Collector exhibition until November 2016. The artists featuring in Bowie’s collection range from Frank Auerbach to Damien Hirst and Jean- Michel Basquiat, encompassing a variety of mediums from paintings (including some of Hirst’s rarer colour wheel paintings) to installation art, with the most unusual pieces […]

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Franco, Flamenco and Federico

Franco, Flamenco and Federico

Our new Culture Editor reviews a performance by the highly renowned flamenco dance company, Paco Pena, based on the famous poet Federico Garcia Loca during the Spanish Civil War.                    This month at Sadler’s Wells saw the performance of Patrias, a piece by the Paco Peña Flamenco Dance Company in commemoration of the […]

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The Hateful Eight: Eight killers, one room

The Hateful Eight: Eight killers, one room

Culture Editor Asad Charania of St George’s University of London, reviews the latest Tarantino blockbuster   Quentin Tarantino needs no introduction, but for the few who may not know he is one of the greatest directors of our time. With films such as Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill and Django Unchained, he’s got a pretty stellar record. Obviously I’m […]

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A journey into medicine

A journey into medicine

I’ve chosen something a little different for culture today, but bear with me whilst I explain why. I’m in final year, and I’ve become consumed with the idea of just finishing that I’m just going through the paces. So I took a moment to think about it (whilst fumbling around on Facebook, as you do) and I came across a […]

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Beasts of No Nation – An honest telling of the horrors of war

Beasts of No Nation – An honest telling of the horrors of war

Culture Editor, Asad Charania (SGUL) reviews the gripping Beasts of no nation    “I saw terrible things… and I did terrible things. So if I’m talking to you, it will make me sad and it will make you too sad” You may not have heard of Beasts of No Nation, but I assure you it’s an important film. Not simply […]

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A fortunate man: A reminder of the essence of medicine

A fortunate man: A reminder of the essence of medicine

Vinay Mandagere of the University of Bristol reviews the insightful tale, A Fortunate Man: The story of a country doctor A Fortunate Man: the story of a country doctor is the classic tale of a country GP, Dr John Sassall. Written by the late John Berger, his simple dialogue, deep commentary and fresh narrative invigorates the essence of rural practice. […]

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Ant-Man…A small film can pack a big punch

Ant-Man…A small film can pack a big punch

Culture editor Asad Charania reviews the surprisingly entertaining Ant-Man With the continuing onslaught of superhero movies, Marvel runs the risk of over-saturating their genre. Surprisingly, Ant-Man is a refreshing addition to the Marvel machine.   In the lead up to its release, Ant-Man has faced its share of skepticism. Trouble began after the initial director, Edgar Wright, departed from the movie […]

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The Things That Need to Be Said

The Things That Need to Be Said

It is almost customary to start any healthcare discussion with Nigel Lawson’s quote “the NHS is the nearest thing the English have to a religion”. This institution has become so precious that few dare to unabashedly proclaim its instability, yet Iain Dale provides a fresh and, for the most part, a rational approach to the British healthcare system. Written in […]

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My name is Max. My world is fire

My name is Max. My world is fire

 Culture Editor Asad Charania reviews the nitrous injected Mad Max: Fury Road   With the summer blockbuster season arriving, Max Max arrives in a flurry of fire, metal and carnage, but before I give my quick synopsis (no heavy spoilers) I feel obliged to say Mad Max is a bit difficult to review. If you’ve seen the previous Mad Max […]

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I want to be the very best

I want to be the very best

Were you rushing or were you dragging? Asad Charania reviews Whiplash Anyone who is the best will tell you that it did not come easy; to succeed you need to sacrifice. Whiplash echoes this sentiment throughout the film, as we follow talented drummer Andrew Neiman (Miles Teller) push himself in to perfect his art. One fateful night as he practices […]

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