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It’s no secret amongst the Seren team that I love Madonna. I wish I could tell you why but I can’t; I just love her. So when Joey, our Music Editor, asked me to write a little about her I couldn’t possibly say no. This year Madonna is back! Her upcoming album, aptly named MDNA, is currently number one on the iTunes pre-order chart which, for someone her age, is pretty impressive. Madonna recently released the first single from her album. ‘Give Me All Your Luvin’ (don’t even get me started on the spelling) is a tackfest from the off;…

There aren’t many better ways to start your long awaited third album than with a terrifying metaphor about how capitalism is about to crash around us. Enter Shikari don’t pull a single punch on this album, and in a time when many music fans are crying out for a mainstream band to go political, nor should they. ‘Gandhi Mate, Gandhi’ is contains a spectacular rant from the lead singer Rou, and is possibly one of the most incisive political commentaries you’ll see from a band all year. The band take aim at many subjects, from the Israelis dropping phosphorous bombs…

These days its difficult to remember that there actually is an awards season. What with the multitude of different weekly TV magazines we have, that all seem to have their own pointless ceremony. All of this, though, is beside the point because with the impending 84th Academy Awards we can safely say it really is awards season. The Academy Awards, or as they are more commonly known ‘the Oscars’, are generally seen as the most prestigious awards in Hollywood. Winning an Oscar is what most actors, actresses, directors and filmmakers in general dream of. Winning an Oscar, for lack of…

Why do children love horror so much? We shouldn’t really be surprised that they do though; think about the fairy tales they are brought up on. Dark tales of death and destruction all spun in a way that makes them seem palatable for young ears but actually aren’t, yet they love them. Maybe this is why Goosebumps, by the American author R.L. Stine, has already started to become exceedingly popular. The first two books to be released in the series have gone down a storm with young readers everywhere, and the next book is being eagerly awaited. Stine’s style for…

We can’t really talk about the 90’s without mentioning the classic book from the decade: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone;  the one that started it all, way back in 1997. I remember being read this by my Year 4 teacher; near the end of every day she would sit us all down and read us a bit from this wonderful book she’d bought. We were all enthralled or, at least, I was. When we got to the end of term she hadn’t finished reading it to us and, with the long summer holiday stretching before me, I HAD to…

Sherlock was amazing, literally amazing! (Only mild spoilers from episodes 1 and 2) Episode 1: A Scandal in Belgravia This episode started off in a most bizarre way; it answers the cliff-hanger at the end of Series 1 where Moriaty, Sherlock and Watson are left at a stand-off. The rest of the episode concerns the investigation of one Irene Adler. What is needed now is a counter argument to the anti-feminist judgment. It is true that in the book Irene Adler is the only person who ever beats Sherlock Holmes, because she is genuinely more clever than he is; where…

“New Girl” see’s the arrival of Jess (Zooey Deschanel). Desperate, lonely and newly found single Jess is on the hunt for a new apartment with a fresh start. This is how she meets Nick (Jake Johnson), Schmidt (Max Greenfield) and Winston (Lamorne Morris). We also meet Coach (Damon Wayans Jr.) briefly in the pilot however after Winston comes home and he moves out. On the other hand Jess’s best friend, model and all around gorgeous girl Cece (Hannah Simone) is in and out of episodes throughout the series and promises to add something juicy and interesting to the story line.…

Skins is a flamboyant drug and sex fuelled teenage drama, full of vivacious characterisation showing an often over exaggerated and outlandish depiction of college life in Bristol. Now back for a 6th series of digital channel E4 Skins has often remained controversial whilst providing an entertaining platform tackling what are in reality serious issues. Despite there often being claims that Skins glamorises drugs and alcohol, it could be argued that this isn’t necessarily the case. Whilst a lot of story lines may have substance abuse as a focal point series 3 saw long term drug user Effy sectioned. Over the…

In the 90’s we had the best television. Its official, if you pick a T.V guide now the amount television for Kids on BBC or ITV has declined.  All their shows have been pushed over to the satellite channels exclusively for kids like CBBC or CBeebies.  In 2004, ITV stopped commissioning kids T.V altogether, after a well meaning Jamie Oliver, started his campaign to improve school dinners.  He went to Downing Street and the government gave their support.  Under public pressure, the broadcasting regulator, Ofcom banned all junk food advertising in the children’s T.V schedule.  This has drastic effects, it…

The Descendants is the latest book to be given the Hollywood treatment.  Written by Kaui Hart Hemmings, the book was released in 2008 and the film was released in cinemas in early 2012. The film has received critical acclaim and has already won two Golden Globes for Best Picture – Drama and Best Actor – Drama. The film has gone on to be nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay. It is likely that after the February 26th award ceremony, The Descendants will be the proud owner of even more awards. The Descendants…

This year will see a feminist surge of films where girls finally take the main role. We have had role models such as Hermione Granger, but the story was all about Harry. The only films in the past few years, that have been centred around women are – dare I say it – Twilight and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, even then Lisbeth was helping Mikael, it was how he was ultimately going to solve the case.  In the next few months we’ll see films with a heroine that saves herself, and in most cases, others too.  2012 will…

A breakthrough in CGI Animation, ‘Toy Story’ is as entertaining as it is innovative. Anticipation has swirled around Walt Disney’s latest release, ‘Toy Story’, for a long time prior to its debut in cinemas.  Not only is it Pixar’s first full length feature film, but also the first to be created entirely from CGI Animation.  However, despite the magnificence of its technological advances, it is the other elements of the film that make it truly special. The story follows the life of Woody, a pull-string cowboy doll voiced by Tom Hanks (Sleepless in Seattle, Forrest Gump).  Alongside the fellow toys,…

Elsewhere in this paper there is an article about the ineffable growth of eBook readers such as the Kindle. Over the last year these devices have gone from expensive toys to affordable tools available for the majority of people; with the release of even cheaper models there is sure to be increased sales for those buying them for Christmas presents. I have to be honest with you here: I do not like the concept of eBooks; the idea offends my bookwormish sensibilities. This is a very traditionalistic point of view but, when it comes to books, I’ve always been snobby.…

Marley was dead: to begin with. What other opening line conjures up that ebullient festive feeling that comes from the eerie mid-winter tale that is A Christmas Carol? Possibly the most well-known and retold Christmas story of all time, second only to the Nativity, Dickens’ short work is the perfect little read for the crisp nights leading up to the 25th. Have any of you actually ever read it though? The reason everyone knows the story so well is because the adaptations of it have been so prolific and, unlike other books, faithful. After all, who doesn’t know and love A Muppet’s…

1: The King Blues- Punk and Poetry There’s nothing that can be said about this album that you won’t pick up just by listening to it. There’s been more creative albums this year, and perhaps there’s even been more well formed albums this year. But this is a slice of gritty, raw, REAL music. It wears it’s heart on it’s sleeve, and screams “if you’re not with us, you’re against us”. The brilliant songs and wonderful poetry help of course, but just for being the most true-to-itself album made this year, it gets the top spot. Best tracks: Set the…

Following an unexpected year out, a year that the band refers to as Matthew’s ‘trip to Disneyland’, Madina Lake are back on the road promoting their third studio album. ‘World War III’ has been a long time coming after bassist Matthew Leone was critically injured trying to stop a woman being beaten by her husband on the streets of Chicago.  Matthew took some time out of his busy schedule and sat down to speak to LJ Taylor at their recent Sheffield gig.  So what made you guys want to get into the music industry? Music is just sort of…

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