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The Critics’ Picks – February 2019 Edition

Critic: Matt Evans Pick: Six Nations – England Vs Wales After a less than impressive 26-15 victory at the Stadio Olimpico, Wales equalled the longest unbeaten run in their 138-year Test Match Victory. 11 wins on the bounce for Gatland’s men. Between October 10h 2015 and March 11th 2017, England equalled the tier-one record for successive victories with 18 in a row. The wheels quickly came off England’s sweet chariot in 2018 though. But they’ve now been swiftly been repaired (much like England’s injury list). My point? Records and stats will largely go out the window in this Anglo-Welsh battle. The Millennium Stadium, as it is formally – and better – known, is a colosseum and provides the best atmosphere

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The Critics’ Picks – January 2019 Edition

Every month, ‘The Critic’s Chair’ writers will be making their picks on what you should keep your eyes out for. You can also check out our picks for October, November and December 2018 below: October November December Here are our selections for January…  Critic: Jack Channings Pick: Brexit Over the course of February, and on into March, the Brexit negotiations will be going mental. With Parliament voting against delaying our exit, but also voting against a no-deal scenario, and now the EU maintaining their position that re-negotiations aren’t viable, the government is going to have to pull something extraordinary out of the bag in the next six weeks. Britain’s exit is an unprecedented event in EU history, meaning there is

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The Critics’ Picks – 2018 Sporting Moment Of The Year

Critic: Max McGrath Pick: England’s Penalty Shoot-Out Victory Over Columbia A lot has been said about the BBC’s Sporting moment, which for me was a disgraceful choice by the critics’ panel. The world cup reunited a nation this summer and provided a wealth of sporting moments, none more of a rollercoaster of emotions than England’s first ever penalty shootout win in a world cup. Football is the most popular, most competitive and most talked about sport globally, even though the tournament ended in heartbreak for the Three Lions it still provided a moment that 24m people tuned in for. It had drama, heartbreak for the Columbians, redemption for Gareth Southgate and just under half the country would have been celebrating

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The Critics’ Picks – 2018 TV Show Of The Year

Critic: Tom Roberts Pick: Succession Imagine Game of Thrones in the world of business. That is the essence of this new HBO show. The show sees ageing businessman Logan Roy and his children battle over his company, Waystar Royco, with all the characters making their own political chess moves to increase their power. What really draws me to the story is it is not as simple as good people against bad people, all the characters have their own flaws. In one moment, you can go from loving one character to thinking they are an utter dick or vice versa. This has the makings of a world-class TV show, I could not recommend it highly enough.  Critic: Max McGrath Pick: Sunderland

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The Critics’ Picks – 2018 Film Of The Year

Critic: Jack Channings Pick: Black Panther Black Panther has two things that automatically make it a great film. It essentially has the plot of The Lion King and a Kendrick Lamar soundtrack. The film follows Prince Tchalla as he struggles with the responsibility of becoming King and The Black Panther, especially under the pressure from family claimants to the throne in the form of Michael B. Jordon, on a lot of steroids and with some mad tribal scars. One of the most quotable films of the year with some excellent action sequences and crazy CGI rhinos. The standout character, however, is without a doubt tribal leader M’baku, with my favourite scene being his tribe’s intimidation of Martin Freeman’s character in

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The Critics’ Picks – 2018 Podcast Of The Year

Critic: Luke McLoughlin Pick: The Rugby Pod A must-listen for any rugby fan, even those with even the smallest interest. Hosted by ex-players Andy Goode and Jim Hamilton and an excellent presenter in Andy Rowe, the podcast is not loaded full of geeky ‘rugby’ chat, but instead a hilarious recollection of stories in various players careers. The trio also speaks to current and ex-players, discussing whether or not players have a ‘hell of a piece’ or are ‘hung like a squirrel’ and many more amusing gags. Alongside a recap of weekends results and previewing future fixtures it has the perfect captive for both the ultra-keen rugby fan and the ‘I watch the six nations and the World Cup’ rugby fan.

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The Critics’ Picks – 2018 Album Of The Year

Critic: Tom Roberts Pick: Pusha T – Daytona Pusha T’s ‘Daytona’ is an instant modern-day classic. Suppressed to seven tracks and a runtime of 21 minutes and eight seconds, you will not be disappointed. Pusha snarls his brags over Kanye West’s production, confidently asserting himself amongst the top five and with albums like this, he may have a claim. ‘If You Know You Know’ is a fantastic way to kick start the album, having Pusha freestyle before being suddenly dropped into a Kanye beat. Then finishing with Infrared, which is a fantastic chess move, enticing Drake to bite before finishing him off with an absolutely savage diss track (The Story of Adidon). If you haven’t listened then you must, otherwise,

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The Critics’ Picks – December 2018 Edition

Every month, ‘The Critic’s Chair’ writers will be making their picks on what you should keep your eyes out for. You can also check out our picks for October and November below: October November Here are our selections for December…  Critic: Harry Pocket Pick: ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Trailer Firstly, the title… I don’t like it. It makes sense both prophetically and thematically given Doctor Strange told Tony Stark, during ‘Infinity War’, ‘We’re in the end game now’. Furthermore, it is likely the end for at least four of original Avengers’ story arc’s, but nevertheless, I’m not a fan. Secondly, the teaser is brilliant. My guess is that all the footage is from the opening thirty minutes, but the footage they do

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The Critics’ Picks – November 2018 Edition

Every month, ‘The Critic’s Chair’ writers will be making their picks on what you should keep your eyes out for. Here are our selections for November… Critic: Matt Evans Pick: That Peter Crouch Podcast Another month, another podcast. This time it concerns England’s greatest striker. Not Alan Shearer, who scored for the Three Lions every 182 minutes. Nor Michael Owen – after his commentary feats it’s astounding he hasn’t started his own ‘pod’ – hitting the back of the net every 155 minutes. And as for Gary Lineker, he notched up a goal every 136 minutes on international duty, but that doesn’t match up to the only man to break the 100-minute barrier. With a goal for his country every

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The Critics’ Picks – October 2018 Edition

Every month, ‘The Critic’s Chair’ writers will be making their picks on what you should keep your eyes out for. Here are our selections for October…   Critic: Dan Starkey Pick: Brockhampton – Iridescence All-American boyband/hip-hop collective/marketing team/production house/force of nature Brockhampton follow up the success of last year’s Saturation trilogy with their major label debut. Iridescence is far sparser and more industrial in its production than the group’s previous projects. The collective’s members (Kevin Abstract, Joba, Matt Champion, Bearface, Dom McLennon, Merlyn Wood et al.) flow aggressively enough to satisfy even the most hardcore of hip-hop heads on tracks like ‘J’ouvert’, ‘Vivid’ and ‘Where the Cash at’. Simultaneously, the group’s more melodic side also shines on cuts such as

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