Lana Del Rey: Lust For Life

Lana Del Rey: Lust For Life

Whilst Morrissey might still glumly balance the papal tiara of mope on the demolished remnants of his quiff, millennial waif/time displaced background character in an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel Lana Del Rey (nee Elizabeth Grant) has been icily ruling over her own Instagram ready So-Cal purgatory since she broke through...

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Star Wars Identities

Star Wars Identities

  When you think of Star Wars, psychological analysis is probably not the first thing that pops into your head, but for Star Wars Identities, a sprawling exhibition of props and sketches from both the original and prequel series (As this is a Lucasarts exhibitions, the new-fangled Disney editions don’t...

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Pink Floyd: These Mortal Remains

Pink Floyd: These Mortal Remains

It’s hard  not approach the V&A’s multimedia extravaganza du jour without a leaden feeling of cynicism. Pink Floyd: These Mortal Remains feels like a fairly transparent attempt by the V&A to follow up 2013 eye-wateringly successful David Bowie exhibition by taking what was successful about “David Bowie Is” (Rock N’...

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Chuck

Chuck

  “If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it ‘Chuck Berry’.” – John Lennon Chuck Berry’s last album was 1979’s innovatively titled Rock It; a martyr to dated production techniques: Hail! Hail! Tinny Drums and Ill-advised Keyboard Solos! might have been a more apropos title....

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Alien: Covenant

Alien: Covenant

To say that Ridley Scott’s 21st century output has been uneven is like observing that Donald Trump might be a little temperamental: Only an idiot (or a republican) would attempt to argue that particular toss. In between his few successes (Gladiator, American Gangster and to a lesser extent the Martian)...

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The Promise

The Promise

Whilst there is no shortage of celluloid documenting the human misery of the Holocaust, when it comes to the Armenian Genocide, which along with the Holocaust was the case study upon which the UN built the definition of genocide, there is a notable lack of material considering such a harrowing...

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A Comedy About A Bank Robbery

A Comedy About A Bank Robbery

A Comedy About A Bank Robbery The Criterion Theatre Tickets from £12.50 With their prior (and still running after four years) play The Play That Goes Wrong, the Lamda theatrical group Mischief Theatre managed to strike farcical gold. Focusing on a wholly inept group of actors totally murdering a murder-mystery...

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Get Out

Get Out

  Get Out, the darkly hilarious directorial debut of sketch comedy kingpin Jordan Peele, definitely can’t be described as a Scary Movie style comedy-horror. Whilst it certainly elicits frequent cringing laughs, Peele has made a bona-fide fright flick that just happens to be funny. He knows how to make shadowy...

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Sleater-Kinney: Live In Paris

Sleater-Kinney: Live In Paris

Describing something as ‘a great reunion album’ tends to be as backhanded a compliment as describing an acquaintance’s plastic surgery as, “barely noticeable,” if you can tell at a glance, it probably wasn’t worth it. Yet in 2015 Sleater-Kinney managed to defy that particular piece of damning faint praise by...

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The Girls

The Girls

For the professional cynic the very idea of ‘The Girls’, a technicolour bright musical version of ‘Calendar Girls’ co-written by Gary Barlow, might be enough to bring one out in hives. However even those who wear cynicism like a uniform might grudgingly have to acknowledge that even if The Girls...

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