The Philadelphia Story

Despite the fact that, out of its six nominations, only James Stewart and Screenwriter Donald Ogden Stewart actually took home Oscars, The Philadelphia Story is unquestionably Katherine Hepburn’s film. Whilst she was already a big name who had an academy award under her belt, a string of commercial failures had...

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Inherent Vice

In his early directorial career around Boogie Nights and Magnolia, Paul Thomas Anderson was held up as the successor to Robert Altman. This changed when he unleashed 2007’s There Will Be Blood, a brooding masterpiece starring Daniel Day Lewis in an Oscar winning performance as a feral and misanthropic oil...

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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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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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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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Horst: photographer of style

Horst: photographer of style

Light and shadow is likely to be the first thing that registers, as a neophyte examines a Horst photograph. Indeed, the V&A seem to have deemed it so important that they have decorated the rooms containing the 250 photographs, sketches and various exotica in zigzags of black and white, or...

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Review: St Vincent, Cambridge Junction

Review: St Vincent, Cambridge Junction

“….yeah so she’s kinda like Lady Gaga possessed with the spirit of Robert Fripp, who dances like Kraftwerk if they were ballet dancers” This was part of a breathless spiel overheard in the queue for St Vincent’s sold out show on August 19th at the Cambridge Junction. Whilst it’s easy...

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Feldman Reviews: St Vincent, Cambridge Junction

“….yeah so she’s kinda like Lady Gaga possessed with the spirit of Robert Fripp, who dances like Kraftwerk if they were ballet dancers” This was part of a breathless spiel overheard in the queue for St Vincent’s sold out show on August 19th at the Cambridge Junction. Whilst it’s easy...

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