Cally Salter

Novels to beat the January blues

It’s that time of year again when the sky is perpetually overcast and you seem to be eating your lunch at nighttime, and there are new essays to start when you’ve barely even submitted the last. Yet before the avalanche of deadlines descends, take solace in books to help you...
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Posted Feb. 6, 2019

What can travel off the beaten track teach us?

January is a time of making lists and New Year’s resolutions. While the new gym trainers might lie discarded on the floor, and the shiny smoothie blender still in the box, there is something wonderful about the shared desire to accomplish a new goal or perspective. In the spirit of...
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Posted Feb. 5, 2019

A Series of Unfortunate Events season 3 review

There is always a danger which comes with adapting beloved children’s books for the screen. Yet aided by author Daniel Handler (writing under the pseudonym Lemony Snicket), the Netflix adaption of A Series of Unfortunate Events conjures up the familiar mystery, melancholy and moral dilemmas of the bestselling books.
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Posted Jan. 21, 2019

TS Eliot poetry prize in political ‘Waste Land’

Who remembers the days before Trump and Brexit? When politics was not an endless report of demagoguery and division. When terms like “fake news” and “snowflakes” did not populate the political arena. In a time where sexual misconduct allegations and murdered journalists dominate the front pages, you would be forgiven...
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Posted Nov. 12, 2018

Should Films Have A Social Message?

Talking about the release of his first feature film Lion, director Garth Davis once said, “filmmaking is not a job but a social responsibility for me”. Lion tells the story of an Indian boy adopted by a wealthy Australian couple, who sets out to find his real family after twenty-five...
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Posted Nov. 9, 2018

Is The Sun Finally Setting On The Western Movie?

As the Coen Brother’s The Ballad of Buster Scruggs debuts on Netflix next month, its emergence has reignited a popular movie debate. With each increasingly rare addition to the genre, the question is raised: is the Western movie dead? Eulogies of the Western is commonplace amongst audiences and film critics...
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Posted Oct. 22, 2018

What Are The Best Movie Remakes?

The October release of A Star is Born features Bradley Cooper as the hard-drinking musician who falls for a rising talent. As Lady Gaga steps into the shoes of Janet Gaynor (1937), Judy Garland (1954) and Barbara Streisand (1976), Hollywood’s fascination with remakes remains as fervent as ever. Is Hollywood’s...
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Posted Oct. 19, 2018