Cuba Libre

The Netflix series ‘Cuba Libre’ is a timely reminder of how a small group of dedicated extremists can take over a country. I’m guessing you probably didn’t know that the ‘army’ took Havana in 1959 led by Camilo Cienfuegos and Che Guevara, comprised of just 300 men. Even though the army of the military dictator, …

Downtown 81

Nostalgia is rife right now for obvious reasons. Who wouldn’t want to retreat to a more peaceful time?But that said, I’m a New Yorker, and part of me quite enjoys the drama. My idea of escape is to return to the gritty eighties of downtown Manhattan where an artistic and musical explosion was happening after …

There’s No Place Like Home

For some reason, I’ve never seen E.T. Until this week, when I got a chance to see it on a big screen courtesy of Noah Bambauch who chose it as one of his favorite films This might seem like an odd choice for the director of Marriage Story, but E.T. is also, in part, a …

American Utopia

If you never got chance to see the Talking Heads live, this is about as close as you’re going to get. David Byrne’s musical uses his back catalogue to great effect as it turns his life’s musical journey into a song and dance abstract extravaganza. He’s joined on stage by 11 immigrant musicians from around …

Le Rayon Vert

Eric Rohmer is a director associated with the French New Wave. Jean Luc Godard praised his take on French life in the seventies and eighties. On hearing this, you probably imagine artsy black and white films full of jump cuts and philosophical debate. Rohmer couldn’t be further from this. His luscious color films often concern …

Man Behaving Badly

Just what constitutes a terrible boyfriend? Selfishness? Infidelity? Deceit? Theft? All of the above? In Joanna Hogg’s ‘The Souvenir’ shy film student Julie, played by the very charming Honor Swinton Byrne, has a chance to find out. Her boyfriend Anthony, beautifully played by Tom Burke, is the epitome of old world upper-class charm with his …

Bryan Ferry Live

On my bucket list, along with visit New Zealand, sleep with Monica Bellucci and pet a tiger, was see Bryan Ferry in concert. A trifling bucket list item but one, nevertheless that had very little chance of being ticked off Ferry being 70 and unlikely to put another album that would require a tour of …

A Ride Back in Time

You think the New York City subway’s bad now, take a look at the images of Christopher Morris. Taken in the early eighties, when riding the subway could still be seriously injurious to your health, they capture the gritty, graffiti filled reality of NYC back in the day.