Culture & Wellbeing

 Lucie Simon

Game of Thrones – no more heroes (or villains?)

Game of Thrones – no more heroes (or villains?)

Game of Thrones returns to our screens for its eighth and final series tonight (Monday 15 April). Perhaps the most anticipated show of the decade, the popularity of the show in which virtually every character lies, cheats and commits murder, is a fascinating phenomenon. A global research group of university academics, which includes the University […]

 Lucie Simon

Kiefer Sutherland joins kd lang at SummerTyne Americana

Kiefer Sutherland joins kd lang at SummerTyne Americana

Kiefer Sutherland is to headline this year’s SummerTyne Americana Festival at Sage Gateshead in July. The Hollywood superstar turned singer-songwriter released his debut album in 2016. His second album, Reckless & Me, comes out at the end of the month and has country music at its heart, taking influence from Americana, folk, rock, blues and more. Sutherland is famous for […]

 Ryan Easby

The Road To Endgame – Part 16: Spider-Man Homecoming

The Road To Endgame – Part 16: Spider-Man Homecoming

Spider-Man is hands down my favourite superhero, no contest. Growing up, he’s the one I was most exposed to, having watched the Raimi trilogy, the Andrew Garfield films (I shudder when I remember those) and most of the cartoons. I read the comics at every opportunity, normally pulling out one or two every time I […]

 Ewan Gleadow

Review: This is Spinal Tap – thirty fifth anniversary

Review: This is Spinal Tap – thirty fifth anniversary

A classic 80s movie, once more brought to us by the prolific and ever talented Rob Reiner, This is Spinal Tap evaded me for so, so many years. My only knowledge of it was the “Turn it up to 11” joke, and that’s only because they did a joke about it in an episode of Peep Show. Other than […]

 Ewan Gleadow

Review: Whatever Works – tenth anniversary

Review: Whatever Works – tenth anniversary

The strengths of Woody Allen’s direction often coincide with his prolific leading man material. So to see him stay hidden away behind the camera always yields interesting and in this case, mediocre results. Modern Allen is often criticised as being nowhere near the standard of his 80s and 90s outputs, and rightly so. On the off chance that he […]

 Ewan Gleadow

Review: Three Colours – Blue

Review: Three Colours – Blue

How do I even begin to talk about Three Colours: Blue? From the intense, intrinsic mind of Polish director, Krzysztof Kieslowski, comes one of the greatest portrayals of grief, anger and acceptance. His verbose use of colour is obvious, especially given the namesake of the trilogy. Three Colours, as you can tell, has a great focus […]

 Ryan Easby

The Road To Endgame – Part 15: Guardians Of The Galaxy Volume 2

The Road To Endgame – Part 15: Guardians Of The Galaxy Volume 2

As Marvel Cinematic Universe films go, they don’t get more wacky and colourful than Guardians Of The Galaxy. The original Guardians Of The Galaxy was great, a sort of palette cleanser for the MCU that was a nice break from the Earth-based stories we’d had until that point. The question is, could 2017’s Guardians Of […]

 Ewan Gleadow

Review: The Mule

Review: The Mule

At the age of 88, Clint Eastwood is showing no signs of slowing down. Whether that’s a testament to the incredible abilities he holds as an actor, or as a melancholic look at a man who doesn’t want a life outside of Hollywood, it’s incredible to think he’s been a part of the cultural mainstream […]

 Ewan Gleadow

Review: Swimming with Men

Review: Swimming with Men

Rob Brydon (The Trip, Gavin and Stacey) is a hard-working actor and I’ve personally got a great deal of respect for his ability to flicker between comedy and drama so easily. If he’s able to do so with ease, then why does it feel like he’s not really trying with Swimming with Men?  Maybe it’s the plot, […]

 Ewan Gleadow

Review: 13 Going On 30 – fifteenth anniversary

Review: 13 Going On 30 – fifteenth anniversary

Can you believe it has been a whole fifteen years since 13 Going On 30 released? I can, especially since I’d not seen it before, nor had I even heard of it up until it cropped up on Netflix like a swamp monster, oozing its way onto my watchlist. It’s best to get through these soppy wastes […]