Joseph Bullock

Why John Keats is a marmite figure

High culture is often riddling poetry readers with the assertion that John Keats wrote an enormous amount of great work in a very short period. It may seem rather annoying, even absurd, especially if you find his poems unbearable. In the interest of his upcoming birthday, and his somewhat marmite-like...
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Posted Nov. 7, 2018

Movies To Help You Get Ready For University

University is undoubtedly a strange time for many people, especially with the economic and social pressures, as well as the eternally annoying assertion that it will be “the greatest time of your life”. Well, ignore the potentially terrible things that this phrase implies for a society and delve into some...
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Posted Oct. 6, 2018

Warwick’s music appreciation societies – part 1

Warwick Bass Society Issy van der Velde and Felix Collins, Presidents Disclaimer: We are not a bass guitar society, as many people on Facebook seem to think… Warwick Bass Society is dedicated to bringing people together through a mutual love of bass-heavy music.  Hip hop, grime, house, bassline, drum and...
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Posted Oct. 5, 2018

An interview with Lewis Smith, director of Kenilworth Arts Festival

Lewis Smith is a History PhD student at the University of Warwick, and director of the Kenilworth Arts Festival. We met during the festival at the Almanack, a distinctly modern bar and restaurant facing Kenilworth high street. Lewis was relaxed and amicable, with an unbridled passion for his festival, of...
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Posted Sep. 29, 2018

My summer reading diary

Being a (joint honours) English student, my ability to read novels for pleasure this summer has been severed slightly, so only one of these reads is a novel. Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy Beginning the hopeful summer with an intense dose of bleak and violent nihilism, I read Cormac McCarthy’s...
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Posted Sep. 11, 2018

Incredibles 2: Review

Incredibles 2 precedes the brilliant first film by just a few moments, offering a very similar plot that exclusively works due to the marvellous characters and humour. The film’s plot is almost too arbitrary to bother mentioning, as the family of superheroes are faced with a digitally-minded hacker villain named...
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Posted Jul. 13, 2018

Has Fifty Shades of Grey opened doors?

It would be insulting to say that the Fifty Shades film series has been in any way revelatory for the film industry, especially being born out of a notoriously terrible series of books that seem almost entirely responsible for the film’s success (as well as an incredibly well-executed Valentine’s release...
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Posted Feb. 19, 2018

Hip-hop albums of the year

Our writers, after much thought and deliberation, share the albums that marked hip-hop in 2017. These are their picks for the hip-hop album of the year: Flower Boy – Tyler, the Creator Much has been made of what Tyler, the Creator reveals about his sexuality on Flower Boy, but to fixate...
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Posted Jan. 22, 2018

8 Classic Films That Were Critical or Commercial Failures

Some films are instant hits, making big bucks at the box office before either fading from memory or scooting into the coveted position of “popular” film history immediately. But some take time to become classic films, whether it be because they’re avant-garde or because there’s trouble behind-the-scenes. Nevertheless, they’ll go...
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Posted Dec. 12, 2017