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Month: April 2014

So Fetch! Why Mean Girls is still loved after 10 years

With the 10th anniversary of the acclaimed and widely loved teen comedy Mean Girls edging closer, every fan will soon be polishing off their old copies of the DVD, brushing up on their “grool” Mean Girls vocabulary, and raiding their wardrobes for something pink. Based in part on the self-help book Queen Bees and Wannabes by Rosalind Wiseman, the film has arguably become the cult movie of a generation, and has a huge following of both male and female fans alike (a hard accomplishment for a so-called ‘chick flick’ to feat). There is even an entire Facebook group dedicated…

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Review of The Invisible Woman

Of all the films reviewed for Inquire, The Invisible Woman is perhaps the most local in setting. It opens with a wide shot of Margate in 1883 (the town itself quite cut out), and walking across it is the figure of a middle-aged Ellen Ternan. The film, along with Ellen, or Nelly (played by Felicity Jones), looks back over her early life as a teenage actress, under the care of her mother and two sisters, and as the mistress of Charles Dickens. Ralph Fiennes directs and stars as Dickens himself in this adaptation of Claire Tomalin’s biography of Nelly,…

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What does Cunningham’s abortion say about our society

Layla Haidrani looks at why working class women so vilified in the press. On Sunday morning, I awoke to find Twitter awash with Josie Cunningham’s plans to abort her unborn baby in the hope that she can star in the reality TV show, Big Brother. Telling The Mirror she stated: “I’m finally on the verge of becoming famous and I’m not going to ruin it now”. For those unfamiliar with Josie Cunningham, the mother-of-two rose to ‘fame’ (I can only say that loosely) for receiving a £4, 8000 breast enlargement on the NHS which came from the taxpayers’ expense….

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English Touring Opera’s The Magic Flute

Website Culture Editor, Natalie Turco-Williams, reviews the latest production to come to the Marlowe this season – Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Thunder, lightning and possibly one of the longest trains in opera’s costume history – this was only the surface of English Touring Opera’s modern and contemporary staging of The Magic Flute. This illustrious staging was part of the company’s second tour around the UK – reviving their critically acclaimed productions that also include King Priam and Paul Bunyan. These two operas are indeed amazing but the real glass shattering high note in the company’s soprano of a tour…

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Some New Music: Lana Del Rey, Black Keys, Jamie xx, Rebecca Vaughan

Lana Del Rey – West Coast Lana Del Rey’s new track sounds like a 90’s grunge intro without the brain-mashing breakdown which normally occurs in the chorus. Instead it settles down into a melancholic ‘ooh baby, ooh baby’ – yeah we get it, you’re in love with someone. The debunking of expectations is what Del Rey does best, and this track from her forthcoming album, Ultraviolence, is just that. Rebecca Vaughan – A Place in France Local Canterbury singer-song-writer and fellow University of Kent student Rebecca Vaughan has just released a new track, exciting. A powerfully soulful voice and…

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