Sophie Butcher

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‘The Matrix’: 20 Years On, We’re Still Tumbling Down The Rabbit Hole

‘What is the Matrix? Control.’ We find Morpheus explaining this to Neo in the Construct; a blank, white space used by him and the Resistance to simulate any situation they require when training to take down the Agents. He’s referring to the farming of human beings to provide power for a dominant race of robots – which we hope is a while off yet – but to look at the society we’ve built for ourselves,…

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Netflix’s ‘Russian Doll’: Confusing, But So, So Compelling

Natasha Lyonne is staring at herself in the bathroom mirror; tap running, someone banging on the door. Harry Nilsson’s lyrics (‘gotta get up, gotta get out, gotta get home before the morning comes’) reverberate through her ears for the 10th time. With her signature curly ginger hair and dressed like some kind of fucking epic modern glam rock star, she paces through the party and hears her best friend Maxine say ‘Sweet birthday baby!’ –…

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Solitude

I’ve been spending a lot of time here, in my room at home, because anywhere else feels a bit too scary at the moment. Who’d have thought that throwing your old life into the fire, letting it burn up to create a new one, would have such lasting hurdles? It’s a strange feeling to know that you wouldn’t want to go back, but sometimes wish that you could. I’m done with the pressure and the…

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I don’t want to tell you my secrets

I don’t want to tell you my secrets. And I don’t want to know yours. I don’t want to reveal my trauma, my darkness, my sadness. I don’t need to know your fears, your hopes, your lifelong dreams. I don’t want to know your middle name and you don’t need to know mine. I don’t want to meet your friends. I don’t want to book a weekend away. I don’t want to have to fret…

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2019: The Year of ‘Brave’

It’s the 1st. The first. The first day in a new year on this planet. God, I’m happy 2018 is over. It was a challenging one, last year. A challenging one and frustrating one and joyful one, all at the same time. 2018 saw my life change the most in a 12-month period that I can remember, and I wasn’t half tired by the end of it. I don’t really do resolutions. I decide a…

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‘YOU’, Male Entitlement & Our Rom-Com Expectations

***This post contains spoilers for Netflix‘s new series ‘YOU’. You have been warned!*** Joe (Penn Badgley) is a seemingly straight-edged ‘nice guy’ who manages a bookstore in New York city. His interest is piqued when a girl called Guinevere, or ‘Beck’ in real life (Elizabeth Lail), enters his shop, and they have an almost entirely traditional meet-cute involving exchanging literary interests and making fun of another customer for his love of Dan Brown. But this…

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I’m Single Now, And The Weight Loss Voice Is Back

…I mean, let’s be honest. It never completely went away. But, over the past 12 months or so, I have done a lot of work to reach a level of acceptance that means the incessant, intrusive, extremely loud voice in my head that used to tell me I’m worthless, disgusting and that nobody will ever love me had been turned down to a minor annoyance. And that was a breath of fresh air compared to…

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For Fat Women, The Existence of ‘Dietland’ is Groundbreaking

Looking back at previous depictions of fat women on screen, you’d be hard pushed to find anything truly positive. Instead, we are the fat but non-threatening friend; the whale someone pulls when drunk that we’re supposed to laugh at later; the villain whose fatness only adds to your perception of them being disgusting in every way; or maybe the fool, someone chubby but jolly so they’re less painful to look at. Dietland is doing this…

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To The Man Who Fat-Shamed Me From His Car

To the man who fat-shamed me from his car – do you realise what impact your actions had that day? I was minding my own business, walking back to my car after paying for petrol. Lost in my own thoughts, of which there were many, given that I was (and still am) in the midst of a fairly tumultuous time in my life. I was minding my own business and owed you nothing, and yet…

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My Eating Disorder Doesn’t Look The Way You Think It Should

“I think I have binge eating disorder.” The words hung in the air. The trainee doctor looked terrified, left to ask someone more qualified what to do, and came back with a recommendation to join what was essentially Slimming World disguised as a medical intervention. Off I went, supposedly cured. I’m not alone in experiencing inadequate, triggering treatment in the face of an eating disorder, but that my course of action revolved around a fortnightly…

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‘Good Time’ Review: ‘prickling, pulsating crime action’

After a bank robbery goes wrong and his mentally handicapped brother Nick (Benny Safdie) is caught and imprisoned, Connie Nikas (Robert Pattinson) has a hellish night doing everything he can to get him free. Driven by an obsessive need to set Nick free, Connie uses everything from charm, to violence, to sheer luck, pushing on through the night to evade capture and find a way to make enough money for his brother’s bail. Directed by…

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