Richard Bellis

A personal challenge to watch Friends before graduation

A personal challenge to watch Friends before graduation

In 21 years of my life, I had never watched an episode of Friends, I had heard about it, knew the theme and understood that it was supposed to be this massive part of 90s and early 00s American culture. So when I told people at uni that I had never seen an episode they […]

 Richard Bellis

Ziggy vs Hunky Dory: the age-old question for Bowie fans

Ziggy vs Hunky Dory: the age-old question for Bowie fans

I am a Bowie fan and, like all Bowie fans before and after, I aim to end the age old question of which album is better: 1971’s Hunky Dory or 1972’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. Or at least I’ll throw my opinion in the ring. The two back-to-back releases are widely […]

 Richard Bellis

Tolkien: a second opinion

Tolkien: a second opinion

I’m a huge fan of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, I have marathoned the films and attempted the books. So, when I went into the film, I was worried that there was a lot at stake here: Tolkien and his works are highly regarded, so this biopic has to deal with it well, […]

 Richard Bellis

Jedi: Fallen Order (Preview)

Jedi: Fallen Order (Preview)

EA has announced their newest Star Wars game, set to release later this year: Jedi: Fallen Order will be a single player action adventure game set just after the events of Star Wars Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith. The game hopes to further expand on what happened in the galaxy between Episodes 3 and […]

 Richard Bellis

Bond 25 details have been revealed

Bond 25 details have been revealed

The next instalment of the James Bond franchise has been announced: the film currently goes by the name of Bond 25 and will be Daniel Craig’s fifth and final outing as 007. Bohemian Rhapsody’s Rami Malek is to play the villain of the film, who is said to be a lover of technology. Meanwhile, MI6 […]

 Richard Bellis

Rain Man review (National Autism week)

Rain Man review (National Autism week)

1988’s Rain Man is a comedy but has a serious subject matter at its heart. The film stars a very young Tom Cruise playing Charlie Babbitt and Dustin Hoffman as his brother, Raymond Babbitt. Charlie Babbitt is a young entrepreneur buying and selling cars when he gets a letter informing him that his dad has […]

 Richard Bellis

Star Wars Episode IX Teaser Trailer Preview

Star Wars Episode IX Teaser Trailer Preview

Star Wars celebration in Chicago is in full swing and with it comes many hints about the upcoming film, said to be the last of the Skywalker saga and the last of the sequel trilogy. Many fans are already picking apart the teaser trailer and watching it frame by frame to discover as many hints […]

 Richard Bellis

Sabaton reveal their new album title and artwork

Sabaton reveal their new album title and artwork

The Swedish metal band Sabaton, well known for their songs about historical events, battles and people, have announced the title and artwork for their latest album. The album is entitled The Great War and will feature songs dedicated to the period of time from 1914-18.   View this post on Instagram   THIS IS THE GREAT […]

 Richard Bellis

Pink Floyd: The Wall (40th anniversary retrospective)

Pink Floyd: The Wall (40th anniversary retrospective)

The Wall is the 11th studio album by the English Prog-rock band Pink Floyd.  The album, recorded in 1979, is a rock opera telling the story of a boy called Pink.  As of 2018 it has sold 24 million copies and is Pink Floyd’s second-best selling album (the first being 1973’s Dark Side of the Moon). […]

 Richard Bellis

Review: Alien (40th anniversary)

Review: Alien (40th anniversary)

2019 marks the 40th anniversary of Alien, the original film in the sci-fi horror series, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm and Tom Skerritt. I had never seen Alien before so I was going in to the cinema with little idea of what to expect: obviously I knew some plot […]