Film Review: Initiation

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It might be stating the obvious, but the United States of America is a vast country, with a huge diversity of landscape and people. With much of the media scrutiny focuses on events taking place in New York City or Washington DC, if not the more vocal Southern states, it can be easy to overlook …

Religion can be a strange beast. Previously intelligent and open-minded people can suddenly change their entire worldview if they fall under the sway of a new belief. This can cause problems with friends and family, even drive a wedge between them. While there’s often a desire to respect this change of direction, it can be …

The Russian invasion and bombardment of Ukraine has brought home just how powerful Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin is in his homeland. The former KGB analyst has been in power now, one way or another, for over twenty years. He’s established an iron grip on the country, making a bargain with oligarchs and suppressing any opposition through …

Diabetes kills around five million people every year and is a condition which can often be debilitating for countless more. If you have type 1, your immune system actively attacks and destroys the cells that produce insulin. Type 2 diabetes is where the human body does not produce enough, or react to, insulin.  The former …

Making a film involves a lot of blood, sweat and tears. It also demands a huge commitment on the part of the filmmakers, both personally and often financially. It can be a labour of love, but all directors are not equal when it comes to bringing their projects to fruition. Especially when they live under …

You can’t conquer Afghanistan. Many empires have tried and failed to govern this region.  Even if you’re able to gain a foothold, it’s a constant uphill battle which you’re guaranteed to lose in the end. This is due to several factors. Firstly, there’s the inhospitable terrain, which comprises mountainous fortresses and unforgiving deserts; not to …

The question of what happens to us when we die has taxed the human psyche since the days of early man. The innate need for something more, something better, than this mortal coil has driven us towards religion. The carrot of paradise for ‘being good’ or the stick of eternal damnation for ‘being bad’ is …

Nurture of nature? One of the oldest debates in the book. Are we fated to live out the lives our genes afford us, or is our upbringing instrumental in making us the person we will become? For those who are proponents of the latter, childhood is the most important stage of development. It’s in these …

One of the greatest scourges of modern cinema is that of the remake. Lazy Hollywood producers notice the success of a film that is (usually) made in a language other than English and decide it’s a cheap shortcut to making a lot of money. Sadly, 95% of the time, the result is something fairly awful. …

The fashion industry has a myriad of problems which no one seems to want to talk about. From fuelling eating disorders to a needlessly high impact on climate change, it’s a cutthroat business that tends to attract the most talented, chew them up and then spit them out. Young designers enter the industry and face …