Havana Cultura

The music of Cuba has been inspiring musicians for 80 years or more. Gilles Peterson the founder of Soul Jazz records and the creator and curator of much beautiful Soul, Jazz, Brazilian and funk music is the latest to get inspired. His series ‘Havana Cultura’ is perfect for reminding us what summer feels like.

Something Wicked

Like to be scared out of your wits? Then the brooding period piece horror ‘The Witch’ is for you. The plot is simple. A religious man breaks with his Puritan community and goes to live with his family on the edge of a spooky looking wood. Pretty soon that family starts to disappear. The film …

Lite Spots

I grew up in the Golden Age of Video, so always have an appreciation for the form. One of my favs of the year is this one for current hip name to drop Kaytranada. It features a dancing robot, so what’s not to love?    

Insane in the Brain

One of the few ads I saw last year that grabbed my attention was this freaky little dance number by Spike Jonze for Kenzo. It makes you wish you could shoot bullets out of your finger tips.  

Elle

Businesswoman Michele Leblanc (Isabelle Huppert) seems to be a woman without feelings. When her mother announces she is marrying a much younger man she laughs at her. When said mother than has a stroke and dies she ignores her dying wishes When her best friend’s husband approaches her for an affair she goes with it …

Arrival

Alien invasion is in general not a good thing in the movies. For every ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’ there is an Independence Day or three. Which makes Arrival the new film from Dennis Villeneuve, a welcome change. The idea is simple Amy Adams is an expert linguist called upon to decipher the language …

Cathedral of the Pines

Gregory Crewdson has been creating film stills of the lives of ordinary American suburbanites for many years. His latest effort ‘ Cathedral of the Pines’ continues his themes of loss, loneliness and alienation in wide screen. But with more foliage. Beautifully composed, these eerie and unsettling images are what I imagine David Lynch might come …

James Blake at Radio City Music Hall

My enthusiasm for live shows is waning as I become increasingly more jaded. These young people with their strange ideas! It wouldn’t past muster in my day. Yet as I pass complainingly into old gitdom I can still appreciate the odd modern conception of music. Like James Blake. Yes, he may have a rather plaintive, …

American Ballet Theater Fall Season

I won’t lie. The idea of seeing another opera fills me with tedium. For a start, why are they so long? And what’s with the audience? The last time I went there was a man with a leather vest and giant gold crucifix around his neck. No, it won’t do at all. Which is why …

The Girls

A book I see carried everywhere in New York is Emma Cline’s much-hyped debut ‘The Girls’. It has the perfect pop culture moment to pull upon, the infamous Manson Murders, albeit disguised. The problem on the face it, is that this is such a well-known story that giving a narrative twist or surprise to the …