Hockney v Hirst: Let battle commence.

‘A Bigger Picture’ is a slight, if interesting look, at the painter David Hockney. It focuses on his return to his native Yorkshire to paint a series of landscapes that form part of the recent exhibition of his work at the Royal Academy. I had wanted to see this show when I was over in …

The Divine St. Aubyn

What do you get when you cross drug addiction and child abuse with the upper class world of an Evelyn Waugh novel? Why Edward St. Aubyn, the British novelist who I feel more than any other of his generation will stand the test of time. This is strange for a number of reasons. Firstly, he’s …

‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Snore’

    When it comes to writing about spies John Le Carre knows his stuff. So when he raves about the latest adaptation of one his most famous novels ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier spy’ this reviewer was really quite keen to see it. If only I’d contented myself with imagining how could it might be. I’m …

Hoodies 1 Aliens 0

Following on from the big South African hit ‘District 9’, that showed you could make a lo-budget special effects sci-fi film as long as you had a story worth investing in, comes ‘Attack the Block’ The basic premise: aliens start beaming down to a tough, inner city London housing estate. Ensue shit fight. Like Shaun …

Submarine gives me that sinking feeling

One of these days I’m going to see a coming age movie where the protagonist is a burly 6ft beer-drinking rugby player who has a crush on a hot blonde girl who really likes him. They shag like rabbits and live happily ever after. It’s about as likely as hen’s teeth but sooner or later …

Brighton Revisited

When people announce their going to remake a classic film most people’s response will be ‘why bother?’ After all your chances of producing something that’s even half as good, bearing in mind the complexities of making the average film, are nil. Your only chance is to update or alter the original in such a way …

Kill List

If you’ve ever watched Get Carter and thought ‘You know what this film lacks? Some weird mask-wearing occultists with torches’ Or watched ‘The Wicker Man’ and thought ‘If only there were some hired killers in this movie’ , then I think ‘Kill List’ might be the film for you. The plot: a hitman, scarred by …

The Trip

  Like last year’s ‘In the Loop’, ‘The Trip’ shows British comedy at it’s finest. Directed by the prolific Michael Winterbottom, it stars two Brit comedy favorites Steve Coogan, star of 24 Hour Party People and Rob Brydon, a welsh impressionist and comedian who is rather less known outside the sceptered isle. The way I …