December 2012

The Playlist: A Celebration of 2012

It’s the end of the year! Congratulations. Why not let Nouse dictate your listening habits for the next hour or so…what’s the worst that could happen?

Review: Midnight’s Children

This adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s seminal novel could have benefited from slightly less reverence for its source material. Fiona Parker reviews

Review: Life of Pi

A ‘visual masterpiece’ that explores religion, truth and what it is to be human. Loussin-Torah Pilikian reviews

The Hobbit: The critics’ reaction

From the great morass of journalistic feedback, Ruth Bury kindly summarises the main responses to The Hobbit for us

Review: The Hobbit, An Unexpected Journey

This long and winding fairy tale may not be everybody’s bag, but it does bring out the genius of Tolkien in ways the Lord of the Rings could not. Tom Witherow reviews

The New Year Hot List

We may have drunk ourselves silly, eaten until we’ve bled mince pies, and more often as not, fallen asleep still slathered in party makeup, but January is here, ringing out for fresh starts and fresher skin

Top 10 Political Blunders of 2012

Napoleon Bonaparte once said,”In politics, stupidity is not a handicap.” Shaun Richardson looks at the biggest political blunders of 2012

Fox hunting closer to home

Hunting is ostensibly a form of pest control, albeit one done with rather more pomp and ceremony than the placing of a mousetrap, and so it’s not unfair to consider it in terms of cruelty and efficacy compared with alternative methods

Cantor and York academics receive honours

Brian Cantor, the University’s Vice-Chancellor has been made a CBE for services to education. He is one of three University…

5 Films That Made My Christmas

Jordan Allwood explains why Die Hard is a Christmas film, and shares with us some special film scenes that have become part of his seasonal celebrations

Review: Seven Psychopaths

Martin McDonagh gets meta-textual in his mad film about mad gangsters. Alfie Packham reviews

Gentleman’s Dub Club: Live Review

As seasoned veterans of The Duchess, Gentleman’s Dub Club know how to play to a York crowd. Tom Cox reviews