Culture & Wellbeing

 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 […]

 Northern Lights

Why fans are so disappointed with Game of Thrones

Why fans are so disappointed with Game of Thrones

By Shay O’Leary SPOILER WARNING Unfortunately, the last two seasons have been a little underwhelming and this is mainly due to bad writing from D and D (David Beniof and DB Weiss), flooding them with inconsistency.  Fans are so upset that a petition has been made to remake the final season, which currently has almost […]

 Lucie Simon

Emeli Sandé announced as University’s Chancellor

Emeli Sandé announced as University’s Chancellor

Emeli Sandé MBE, the multi-platinum selling singer and songwriter, is to become the University of Sunderland’s new Chancellor, following in the footsteps of Steve Cram CBE who steps down after 11 years in the role.   Emeli will be installed as Chancellor in a ceremony to be held during the University’s summer Academic Awards on […]

 Amy Robinson

Coronation Street paving the way towards a stigma-free society with mental health storyline

Coronation Street paving the way towards a stigma-free society with mental health storyline

Admittedly, I have never been an avid consumer of British Soap Operas. Until recently, I dismissed programmes like Coronation Street; my opinion was that they were dull, unentertaining and, to be frank, not worthy of my time. My only reason for ever tuning into watch Coronation Street was down to a character I liked on the show, that […]

 Ryan Easby

Tarantino Time with Ryan Easby: Reservoir Dogs

Tarantino Time with Ryan Easby: Reservoir Dogs

I’ll admit readily, I’ve never really seen the appeal of Tarantino. I watched Django Unchained in 2016 and can’t remember much from it at all, and everything else I’ve heard about his films have made him out to be this godlike director. So, when I saw a boxset of five Tarantino blu-rays on a popular […]

 Ryan Easby

The Road To Endgame – Part 20: Ant-Man And The Wasp

Ant-Man And The Wasp (referred to as AMATW from now on) has a peculiar placement in the MCU. Coming out a couple of months after the spectacle that was Avengers: Infinity War, it had the unenviable task of following in that film’s shadow. I quite enjoyed the original Ant-Man, but the obvious question here is […]

 Ryan Easby

The Road To Endgame – Part 19: Avengers: Infinity War

The Road To Endgame – Part 19: Avengers: Infinity War

Avengers: Infinity War is a landmark film. It’s the start of the end of the Infinity Saga and a film that had insane levels of build-up and hype around it. People spent years looking forward to this film, to the meeting of all the Marvel characters introduced in the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far (Sans […]

 Ryan Easby

The Road To Endgame – Part 18: Black Panther

The Road To Endgame – Part 18: Black Panther

Upon release, Black Panther had a pretty sizeable amount of hype around it, for a very specific reason. It had a majoritively black cast, something unheard of in major Hollywood releases. Of course, this does not equal quality. So the question I ask today, on The Road To Endgame, is Black Panther as good a […]

 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 […]

 Ryan Easby

The Road To Endgame – Part 17: Thor: Ragnarok

The Road To Endgame – Part 17: Thor: Ragnarok

Thor and Thor: The Dark World were two awful films. I’m talking next level boring and just out of place in the general scheme of things. So to hear they were making a sequel was originally exasperating. Nobody asked for a third Thor film, so why on earth were they making one? Then I found […]

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