Category: Culture

Celebrating 2014’s Best Performances

Celebrating 2014’s Best Performances

Hope is everything. Life is everything. Love is everything. Sunday night was a triumphant one for Eddie Redmayne and Julianne Moore, both of whom deservedly won their Best Actor/Actress Awards at the Oscars. This should come as no surprise, as the Academy has a long history of recognising outstanding actors who portray illness or disability in the most heart-breaking, sensitive, […]

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Smart drugs or smart students?

Smart drugs or smart students?

Oscar To   You are what you eat   A rising phenomenon in many universities is the use of smart drugs in the pursuit of academic achievement. These drugs, such as Ritalin, are prescription only within the NHS and accessed through dubious means for use by students hoping to gain the edge in their studies. Hailed as wonder drugs that […]

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“Jake Gyllenhaal’s best performance yet”

“Jake Gyllenhaal’s best performance yet”

Asad Charania (SGUL) reviews Nightcrawler In the past few years Jake Gyllenhaal has had a great run, gaining critical acclaim in films including, Prisoners, Enemy, and End of Watch. Nightcrawler continues this streak with what I believe is Gyllenhaal’s best performance yet. Nightcrawler follows Lou Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) as he discovers the dark twisted world of freelance crime journalism, following […]

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Movies as seen by medical students – a review of Lucy

Movies as seen by medical students – a review of Lucy

 Luisa Peress is not impressed with Lucy’s glaring inaccuracies Preamble: I like Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman, nothing personal here. Preamble 2: This article contains spoilers. Luc Besson’s movie Lucy was released in July 2014, however I, being a medical student truthful to the stereotype of never having time, only managed to see it during Christmas break. Below are various scientific […]

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09/01/2014 – New Film Release

09/01/2014 – New Film Release

Foxcatcher (4/5) The buzz here certainly seems to be dying down in what was considered to be an early front-runner at this year’s Oscar race. Still, this chilling true-crime drama based on real events is a fascinating character study with some of the best performances from the cast in their already glowing careers. Ever seen Steve Carell in a completely […]

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New Year’s Day Releases

New Year’s Day Releases

The Medical Student’s Culture Section wishes you a happy new year! And to kick off 2015, here are some New Year’s Day releases to watch/avoid (Birdman, The Theory of Everything, The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death) Birdman (5/5) From the minute Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s energetic new film opens with its jazzy drum score, it refuses to let go […]

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New Boxing Day Releases

New Boxing Day Releases

Culture Editor John Park reviews the big holiday releases – just in case you’re not busy enough with revision (Annie, Big Eyes, Exodus: Gods and Kings, Unbroken) Annie (3.5/5) Annie is no longer a red-haired, freckle-faced white orphan living during the Depression era. Instead she is a black girl living in modern day New York as a foster child. Here […]

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Editor’s Albums of the Year

Editor’s Albums of the Year

[box] Rob Cleaver lists his top ten albums of 2014 and the reasons why they warranted inclusion [/box] When not immersing myself in the world of medicine, there is nothing I like more than to recline in the corner of my room and listen to a few records with a coffee and a biscuit in hand. Over the past twelve months […]

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How Renée Zellweger got me an A*

How Renée Zellweger got me an A*

There has been a lot of controversial talk surrounding Academy Award winner Renée Zellweger as of late. Very few of them flattering ones, most of them focusing on how much she has changed in appearance to an almost unrecognisable face. Has she had plastic surgery? What were her comments on such procedures in previous interviews? Is she having trouble in […]

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ICSM Drama – On the Razzle

ICSM Drama – On the Razzle

Narmadha Kalai Vanan reviews ICSM’s latest drama production: I’m always up for a good laugh, so it was clear that when the opportunity came along, I was definitely going to snap up the chance to review a comedy. And what a great decision that was! With memorable characters, hilarious dialogues and a fantastic set; On the Razzle lived up to […]

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