The Cultural References Behind Lady Bird


Lady Bird, the Greta Gerwig-directed bildungsroman which has been nominated several times over this award season, is a satisfyingly authentic rite of passage, set in early 00s Sacramento, and traces nuances of pop culture which are at once disconcertingly familiar and yet utterly alien. Despite the film’s 2002 setting, Lady Bird’s style isn’t necessarily reflective of definitive (and sometimes polarizing) early-aughts fashion trends. “She’s in a beautiful moment of self-discovery and questioning and learning about herself,” explained Napier about Lady Bird’s aesthetic, which ranges from thrift, demure lace party dresses from the ’50s for important life occasions like prom, to ’90s grunge-referential plaid jumpers when she falls for a rich, wannabe alt-rocker. Lady Bird offers a treasure trove of cultural hallmarks. Every event in the titular character’s life is defined by a trend reflective of Sacramento ― and the United States at large ― circa late 2002 and early 2003. Some, like a discussion about Alanis Morissette’s “Hand in My Pocket” and a school production of the Stephen Sondheim musical “Merrily We Roll Along,” are admittedly timeless. Others belong distinctly to the moment depicted in the film.

1. A People’s History of the United States

Out one night with her bestie Julie, Lady Bird spots a lanky, long-haired stud playing guitar in a rock band ― the ultimate fantasy. He’s Kyle, a senior at the all-boys Catholic school that attends chapel every morning alongside the students from Lady Bird’s all-girls campus. After starting a job at a café ― she tells a queen bee her mom wants her to learn responsibility, but she also needs the money ― Lady Bird spots Kyle reading on the patio outside. As she approaches him for an afternoon flirtation, we see he’s reading A People’s History of the United States, the famous 1980 book that reframes America’s past as one of mass oppression at the hands of elite bigwigs. Continue reading “The Cultural References Behind Lady Bird”


Victoria and Abdul: The Truth About the Queen’s Controversial Relationship


The relationship between Queen Victoria and her handsome, young Indian attendant Abdul Karim was deemed so controversial and scandalous by her family members that, upon the monarch’s death in 1901, they scrubbed his existence from royal history. According to The Telegraph, Victoria’s son Edward immediately demanded that any letters between the two found on the royal premises be burned. The family evicted Karim from the home the queen had given him and deported him back to India. Victoria’s daughter Beatrice erased all reference to Karim in the Queen’s journals—a painstaking endeavour given Victoria’s decade-plus relationship with Karim, whom she considered her closest confidante. The royal family’s eradication of Karim was so thorough that a full 100 years would pass before an eagle-eyed journalist noticed a strange clue left in Victoria’s summer home—and her consequential investigation led to the discovery of Victoria’s relationship with Karim.

But why was the relationship so controversial—beyond the interclass curiosity of the Queen of England confiding in a servant—that it warranted full censure? Continue reading “Victoria and Abdul: The Truth About the Queen’s Controversial Relationship”


Amazing TV series you can watch in a week

From time to time, every one of us wants to come home from work and treat ourselves to a good TV series. However, it’s often the case that you have neither the strength nor the time for that. For those of you who feel like this but still want to delve into the unknown with charismatic characters, solve mysteries with genius detectives, or take a look into the past, we have compiled a list of mini-series you can watch in just seven days.


Unmissable Films to look forward to in 2017


First Lady Jackie Onassis Kennedy was well-known for her elegance, so casting Natalie Portman to play her seems more than fitting. Jackie follows her through the days immediately after her husband’s assassination as she tries to cope with the events, look after their children and maintain JFK’s legacy.

The Founder

It’s based on the true story of Ray Kroc who made McDonald’s a global phenomenon, so it’ll give you something to think about next time you’re grabbing that 2am Big Mac. Plus, it stars Nick Offerman (aka Parks And Recreation‘s Ron Swanson) as one of the chain’s original founders, the McDonald brothers.

Hidden Figures

Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monaé portray the African-American women who worked as mathematicians at NASA and helped the US to put a man in space. Their story has never been told on the big screen before and from first looks it should be an inspiring and empowering watch.

Continue reading “Unmissable Films to look forward to in 2017”


Cineclub – A Royal Night Out


On Victory in Europe Day in 1945, as peace is declared across Europe and London is celebrating, Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret are allowed to join the celebrations, against the Queen’s wishes. the King, impressed by Elizabeth’s pleading, asks her to report back on the people’s feelings towards him and his midnight speech on the radio. Each girl, incognito, is given a chaperone of an army officer, and an itinerary to be back at Buckingham Palace by 1am. Soon realising the planned itinerary by the Queen does not live up to their expectations of fun and meeting the ordinary people, Margaret is the first to slip away from her escort, followed by Elizabeth.