Duck Soup

“Take two turkeys, one goose, four cabbages, but no duck, and mix them together. After one taste, you’ll duck soup the rest of your life.” Groucho Marx (on the title) Groucho Marx, on being asked on the significance of the politics in Duck Soup shrugged, “What significance? We were just...

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Jack Bruce, the cream that came to the top

Bass players are often given short shrift in the public perception. Without the perceived mystique of guitarists and singers, or the berserk ferocity of famed drummers such as Keith Moon, they are often unfairly left to languish by the side of the stage, basking in reflected glory. Not so Jack...

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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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Sunny Afternoon, The Harold Pinter Theatre directed by Edward Hall

Musicals based on the back catalogues of beloved bands often have an advantage in that often theatregoers who would rather rub chillis in their eyes then be dragged to a musical can be found lining up around the block; depending on the cachet of the band in question. “Sunny Afternoon”...

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Gone Girl

“What are you thinking? How are you feeling? Who are you? What have we done to each other? What will we do?” In the age of Twitter and 24-hour news, it’s hard enough for an individual to find the time to really consider all of the angles of a story,...

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