Category: Culture

Return to Middle Earth – The Hobbit

Return to Middle Earth – The Hobbit

[box] Chetan Khatri takes a trip down memory lane when he reviews Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey[/box] Peter Jackson takes us back to Middle Earth for the first in a new trilogy for Tolkien’s original book, ‘The Hobbit’. Tolkien had originally subtitled his book ‘There and Back Again’, however, Jackson opted for An Unexpected Journey. The movie closely follows […]

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Bad, bad pharma…

Bad, bad pharma…

[box]Dzintars Gotham reviews Ben Goldacre’s latest offering, the grim tale of the modern pharmaceutical industry[/box] Ben Goldacre’s newest book, ‘Bad Pharma’, was published last September disguised as a box of pills, braille included, in light blue and pink. I remembered how entertaining his last book, ‘Bad Science’, was, and I laughed when I first noticed the braille over the title […]

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Come fly with Denzel

Come fly with Denzel

[box]John Park reviews ‘Flight’, which sees Denzel Washington play an alcoholic pilot[/box] We’re often told that it’s a bad idea to drink and drive. Denzel Washington shows us that it’s an even worse idea to drink and fly. He’s drunk, especially after one of his boozy night-outs, and his self-prescribed cure for the morning after is snorting some cocaine (does […]

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Iris: freedom of the mind

[box]By Kiranjeet Gill [/box] ‘There is only one freedom of any importance whatsoever: that of the mind’, Iris Murdoch says in a speech to a room full of academics. It occurs to me how true this is.  Of all the things we have to fear, losing our memories, our minds – those things that makes us, us – have got […]

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Love in a hopeless place – Amour

Love in a hopeless place – Amour

[box]Simon Boyd reviews Michael Haneke’s masterpiece ‘Amour’ [/box] Please allow me to introduce myself. Director Michael Haneke has been nominated for the coveted Palme d’Or at Cannes six times, he gained his second win this year with his current film – ‘Amour’. Despite all the claims that this film is a masterpiece (it is), I’m not going to label it […]

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I give it a year…

[box]By John Park[/box] Marriage is hard, apparently. We are told the hardest part is especially in the first year, when couples freshly off their merry honeymoon phases are thrown into the real world and are racked with second thoughts and bouts about the life-long contracts they signed. Such is the premise for this excellent little comedy gem from Britain. Josh […]

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Ergo Cogito Ergo Sum

  [box] Harvinder Singh Bhamra reviews Damasio’s ‘Decartes’ Error’  [/box] I think, therefore I am – a quotation from one of the greatest philosophers of the Middle Ages. Descartes was a visionary, but did he fall into error with this bold statement? ‘Descartes’ Error’ by Antonio Damasio is a neurobiology book masquerading as a philosophical idea. The ideas of this […]

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