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TV Review – Game of Thrones – series 3

The end of last (university) year saw the finale of the third series of hit tv show Game of Thrones. The show, broadcast on Sky One, as well as being annually the most pirated show of the year, has a large following and rightly so. Series Three has matched in calibre with the previous series, the show losing any of its initial clunkiness as the characters and their actors are comfortable and developed and the show’s success means a budget that matches the extent of fantastic imagery in A Song of Ice and Fire (the book series the show is based on).» >

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Film Review: Elysium

Starring: Jodie Foster, Matt Damon

Directed by: Neill Blomkamp

Running Time: 109 minutes

Genre: Sci-Fi Action-Thriller

Big Sci-Fi films seem a very rare breed these days. You can get gripping cop dramas in bulk, you can view “charming” comedies 24/7, you can wallow in Twilight rip-offs until you’re fully convinced that there is no truly merciful being in the universe… But big Sci-Fi releases can usually be counted on one hand, and good big Sci-Fi releases can often be counted on even less than that.» >

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TV Programme of the Week – The Office (US)

At the start of the summer, series seven of The Office was released on Netflix and once again I found myself completely hooked; suffice to say, all twenty-six episodes were watched in a matter of days. What can be said, without giving too much away, is that this series gets very emotional, with Steve Carell’s hilarious character Michael Scott saying goodbye to the ‘Dunder Mifflin’ office (I’m not really the crying type, but I’m not ashamed to admit that I was weeping like a small child).» >

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An artistic year- 2013

What a year it has been in the art world! If you missed the fantastic exhibitions on offer, make sure you earmark some other great exhibitions in 2014 and don’t forget to check the archives online. Do not fear, there are still opportunities to go to the annual Frieze, Moore & Rodin and Sarah Lucas’ first major solo exhibition…find out below.

Damien Hirst: revamped Brit Awards
Hirst’s legacy in the art world and powerful iconic works commanded his ambitious retrospective exhibition last summer, flourishing with intelligence, self-confidence and oozing with artistic brilliance while exposing the underlying themes of mortality, aesthetic desire and the conflict between religion and science.» >

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Grease is the word!

I comfortably took position in my red velvety chair surrounded by pink ladies (and many others) humming the legendary tunes of this epic musical. As I sat waiting for the show to start with Galaxy Minstrels planted in my hand, I thought to myself, although I’ve seen Grease many times on stage and on the silver screen, there is something about the story that is timeless and puts a lovable energy through my veins.» >

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Introducing the Next Generation

Author: Aaron Hall

Another year brings, as does every year before it, the winds of change to thousands of young people across the land. Moving on from home to university life, somewhere new and completely different, brings a wealth of new experiences, faces and places to enjoy. For others it’s moving on from beyond the security of education, to living life as a graduate in the real and very much adult world.» >

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Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life

 

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Entering this exhibition I tried to keep an open mind, taking it all with a pinch of salt, knowing only a little about Lowry himself and his great body of work. The 2013 Tate Britain’s summer exhibition is the first public exhibition of Lowry’s work held in London since the British artist’s death. The aim of the display was to reinforce his position in art history, not just in Britain but to also suggest French connections associated with his work.» >

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Film Review: Despicable Me 2

Directed by: Pierre Coffin & Chris Renaud

Starring: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig & Benjamin Bratt

Runtime: 98 mins

Genre: Animated Comedy

In Despicable Me 2, Gru (Steve Carell) is enlisted by the government to track down an unknown super villain who stole a chemical weapon from them. He goes undercover to do so, and struggles to juggle his new job, identity while caring for his foster-children and avoiding his annoying neighbour’s attempts to set him up with someone – and those are just the Primary Plots.» >

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