Interstellar

Since the glory days of 2001: A Space Odyssey hard sci-fi has become almost entirely absent from cinema screen. Occasional mini-masterpieces like Moon slip past under the radar of the box office and real smash hits like the excellent Gravity place more focus on white knuckle thrill rides then trying...

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The Perfect Capital: Review

This book is a very physical object, all about the craft of printing, typography, binding, design and layout. The first thing one notes, when picking it up, is its weight; good quality paper, crisp printing, deep margins, with ragged right-hand margins, exposed spine, sewn binding and tracing-paper dust jacket. The...

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The Collector – Helly Nahmad Gallery, Frieze Masters

There was really only one stand worth a visit in the whole of this travelling circus called Frieze and Frieze Masters in October, amongst the spray-tans, Armani suits and Hindmarch handbags, and that was the Helly Nahmad Gallery’s offering called The Collector. This was thinking outside conventional gallery precepts, in...

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John McLaughlin + Hedvig Mollestad Trio, EFG London Jazz Festival, Royal Festival Hall, Thursday 20 November 2014

John McLaughlin + Hedvig Mollestad Trio, EFG London Jazz Festival, Royal Festival Hall, Thursday 20 November 2014

Hedvig Mollestad Trio The Mollestad trio is a powerful trio and opened this memorable evening and played an excellent set with a programme ranging from jazz fusion, psychedelica to sheer hard rock in the vein of Led Zeppelin. This band is gifted and original, led Hedvig Mollestad Thomassen who plays...

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Russian Avant-Garde Theatre: War, Revolution and Design 1913 – 1933

Russian Avant-Garde Theatre: War, Revolution and Design 1913 – 1933

This display of Russian Avant-Garde art, born of revolution, which flourished during the birth of the Soviet Union, clearly reveals the effects of politics on art. The 150 set and costume designs on display were created between 1913 and 1933 during the time of the Russian Revolution and the First...

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Germany: Memories of a Nation

Telling the story of Germany over 600 years was never going to be easy, particularly as the last hundred have had such a devastating effect on world history. Telling the story using 200 objects was going to be even more challenging. To coincide with the fall of the Berlin Wall...

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Allen Jones RA, Royal Academy

Allen Jones RA, Royal Academy

Anyone of a certain age will have been exposed to women of a certain age being presented as perfect ‘objects’: Playboy centrefolds with, literally, spotless, unblemished, wrinkle-free bodies; Vargas paintings with gravity-defying, impossibly pert breasts and idealised proportions; flawless, airbrushed complexions, with faultless make-up. Welcome to Allen Jones’s world. He...

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Shakespeare In Love

In 1998, Tom Stoppard’s Shakespeare in Love screenplay set the silver screen alight, secured Gwyneth Paltrow her infamous teary Oscar speech and brought a bit of Shakespeare, via the local multiplex, to the masses, where – some might say – he truly belonged. Now a new adaptation is reuniting Shakespeare...

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Land Rover unveils new ‘Unstoppable Spirit’ sculpture

How do you promote a new car? In the past, car manufacturers have gone to great lengths to make you want their latest models from driving a Jeep up a flight of stairs and through a window, to building a full sized Lego statue of the Volvo XC90. Land Rover,...

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Nightcrawler

Even before Twilight finally drove a stake through their hearts forever, vampires were played out and non-threatening. The plague-carrying rat-like beast portrayed by Max Schreck in Nosferatu was gradually replaced by Robert Pattinson’s sparkly heartthrob as Hollywood spent years sucking out (pun definitely intended) every drop of danger from the...

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