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Queen’s Radio Reviews “The Intern”

Queen’s Radio Reviews “The Intern”

A heartwarming and hilarious tale of an unlikely friendship.  The Intern is the latest film by director Nancy Meyers, who also brought us The Parent Trap, What Women Want and The Holiday– some of my personal favourite films.  The Intern also stars Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway, both of whom I adore.  Needless to say, I was extremely excited to see this film and it did not disappoint.  Similar to other films by Meyers, it has a cheery and fun atmosphere underpinned by serious elements of drama. The film follows 70 year old widower Ben Whitaker (De Niro) as he begins a new chapter of his life working as a senior intern at a thriving internet company run by Jules Ostin (Hathaway).  Despite Ostin’s initial hesitation, the two form a connection and become not just boss and intern but also friends.  Alongside several very funny moments, there are more serious aspects of the film.  We see the struggle Jules faces trying to juggling a busy job and a home life, while Ben’s storyline shows the sadder aspects of growing old and loosing friends and loved ones.  However, the majority of the film is a heartwarming and emotional, feel-good film which will leave viewers with a smile on their face. The Intern also benefits greatly from an excellent soundtrack which matches every scene perfectly.  The casting choices were perfect in my opinion.  Although the production team had originally been considering Tina Fey (later Reece Witherspoon) and Michael Caine, the chemistry between Hathaway and De Niro worked so brilliantly in the film that it is difficult to imagine anyone else... read more
Queen’s Radio Reviews “The Martian”

Queen’s Radio Reviews “The Martian”

A story of hope and surviving in the direst of circumstances, The Martian is a surprisingly light-hearted film that provides all the entertainment value you could wish for, even if it does take a half hour too long to get anywhere… In a week which brought us NASA’s announcement of liquid water on Mars, it’s hard not to see the irony in the release of Ridley Scott’s latest film, The Martian.  The film (based on the bestselling novel of the same name) follows the story of astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) after he is accidentally stranded on Mars following an emergency evacuation of the manned mission he is a part of.  It looks at the journey he must take and the actions and feelings of the people on Earth and his crew who abandoned him, as they try frantically to rescue him. Almost immediately, The Martian earns its place in my good books by not making the oh so common mistake of hanging around for half an hour of character development before the action begins.  On the contrary, Damon’s character finds himself stranded alone on Mars within the first few minutes of the film opening.  This is rather a refreshing approach to take to a film of this type and for me personally it made the film more enjoyable, since the viewer gets to learn more about the characters as the film goes on.  Despite this fast-paced start, however, the film drags terribly in the middle section, meaning that a film that comes in at just under two and a half hours feels much longer.  The only saving grace... read more
Stages of registering on QSIS, as told by QUB students.

Stages of registering on QSIS, as told by QUB students.

Its that time of year again folks: summer is over, Halloween is just around the corner and South Belfast is full of incoming freshers, dreaming of what the next three years will bring. For returning students of QUB, however, this time of year means only one thing: registration on QSIS. For some, the crash was inevitable. So has QSIS crashed? — Stephen McCrystall (@SMcCrystall) September 14, 2015   Ahh the good old annual qsis crash — Jack Kelly (@Jack_Efron7) September 14, 2015   And most were less than optimistic. Me with QSIS this morning — Matthew Carson (@matthewcarson) September 14, 2015   Hands up if you're suffering from QSIS today. #goodluck @QueensUBelfast — The Scoop (@TheScoopQUB) September 14, 2015 Soon enough, tempers were wearing thin and “stress” became dangerously close to trending on Twitter. The shared stress of QSIS is real — Chantelle Harvey (@TelleHarv) September 14, 2015 Actually getting mad with QSIS. It keeps displaying an error message when there's no error. Not so much #loveQUB right now. — Paul Wyatt (@PaulWyatt94) September 14, 2015 How stressful is QSIS. — Anna Hutchinson (@annahutch17) September 14, 2015   Some students were contemplating drastic measures to avoid having to use QSIS again. Screw this I'm switching to Ulster #qsis #crisis — Odhrán✌️ (@Odhraaan) September 14, 2015   While others were just being downright hurtful! It's neck and neck between QSIS and SFNI for who I hate more — Peter Brown (@Pbrown554) September 14, 2015   Module selections are by far the most hated section of registration… …as often, they can’t be manipulated quite as easily as one would... read more

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