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Hey, I’m Lucien! I’m currently based in Dublin. I recently completed a BA Communication Studies from Dublin City University and I’m the Vice President for Academic Affairs on DCU Students’ Union.

I’m an experienced digital content creator with almost a decade’s experience in podcasting and online film writing, and an excellent portfolio of photography and graphic design.

You can follow me on Twitter @revolucienary or Instagram @lucienwd


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There are few things as wholly combative to the notion that ‘tough guys can’t show their feelings’ than the below video of Vin Diesel, seemingly on the verge of tears, singing Tove Lo’s “Stay High” while footage of his late friend and co-star Paul Walker plays behind him.

It’s as blistering an exhibition of pain as any you’d catch Diesel expressing in a film role, if not significantly more than he ever has. Or most actors would ever be willing to. It helps, in terms of impact upon watching the clip, that Diesel is maybe the last guy in the…


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What sort of posters does the typical 11-year old boy have in his bedroom? John Cena? Fortnite? The Avengers cast? While that last one would emerge slightly later in my early adolescence as a socially acceptable passion for a young man au fait with modern popular culture, it was the sparkling visage of Robert Pattinson’s Twilight character that stared deeply into my tired eyes as I fell asleep, on the brink of my tweenage years, from 2008 to 2010.

Edward Cullen was a sex symbol for kids my age like none we had seen previously; the big-screen heroes of the…


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Even as a non-American, Inauguration Days are just one of those things you remember. You remember where you were, who you discussed it with, whether you were excited or appalled. And what about the days in between? There are three out of four January 20ths that don’t have any significance. What were you doing on those days? As the Trump era comes to a close and the Biden era begins, I decided to chart my life over the last four January 20ths to see where I’ve been on this date each year since Trump became President…


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I find myself in an ethical conundrum these days. On the one hand, I’m disgusted by CNN, the epitome of white liberal smugness, and the business model that saw them put out a press release boasting they had their highest ratings ever during the Capitol insurrection on Wednesday last, the exact sort of opportunism they themselves would criticise Donald Trump for. On the other hand, I am totally and completely addicted to watching it.

It has provided both a thrilling and fast-paced documentation of the historically deranged final weeks of Trump’s presidency, and a source of obsessive viewing for this…


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A year ago I would’ve thought an article like this unthinkably dumb. But in 2020, I got pretty stupid. Months of sitting indoors bored, depressed and with my face pressed up against a screen has led to this moment… a list of my 15 favourite TikToks of the year. Some are only seconds long, but each captures either a comedic or creative brilliance that was as much of a boost to my serotonin this year as any other media. Hopefully, next year, a list like this will not be necessary…

10 year old me using the light inside the…


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From stalwarts of the New York stage to up-and-coming British favourites, it’s time to reveal our latest selection of The 20 Best Actors Working Today. This is as objective as possible — I have excluded some personal favourites like Alec Baldwin, Jeff Daniels, Tom Cruise and Jim Carrey who I feel it’s simply untrue to call the best actors working in the hopes of giving this list a seriousness of intent. Therefore, I present to you now, this year’s list…


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Perhaps the theatrical cinema experience did die in 2020 (and we hold our breath for its grand resurrection), but film certainly didn’t.

I saw less than ten new releases in a theatrical setting this year, but the best of the releases offered at home were as high a calibre as in almost any year.

What has emerged is a further blurring of the line between what is film and what is television, as when everything is watched on a TV either way it’s hard to differentiate.

Thus, for the first time in my now nine years compiling my Best Films…


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Everyone got the chance to stop and listen in 2020. Time stood still and music kept us company in our most unexpected stretches of isolation. Luckily, some true talent was on hand to provide aural companionship throughout the year, from reimaginings of what folk can accomplish with the right assets, to celebrations of New York grime, seaside transcendence and a little bit of COVID-19 for good measure. With the annual disclaimer that I have little ability as a music critic, and often struggle to verbalise my reactions to the music I love, here are my favourite albums of 2020…


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I was radicalised by The West Wing and then I was radicalised against The West Wing. I’ve just finished a three year degree I chose because it was called ‘Communication Studies’ and I wanted to be like Toby Ziegler, the Communications Director played by Richard Schiff on the show. I’m sitting in an office (for the next few hours at least — I figure there’s another lockdown on the horizon) with a poster signed by Schiff on the wall, with a ball on my desk for bouncing, living the Ziegler cosplay life. …

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