Cultural Life: Dan Stevens, actor
Friday 14 January 2011
Television: I thought 'The Trip' was sublimely brilliant; beautiful and funny at every turn. Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, continuing their comedic sparring from Michael Winterbottom's 'A Cock and Bull Story', was subtle yet silly British mid-life-crisis comedy at its best.
Film: Alejandro González Iñárritu's 'Biutiful' is shocking and breathtaking. Javier Bardem is a uniquely watchable actor and his performance in this is amazing. It's a very moving and valuable confrontation with death that leaves you feeling utterly washed out. 'The Kids Are All Right' might well be my film of last year. Wonderfully insightful on the subjects of family and love, I thought it was smart, sassy and refreshing.
Theatre: 'Joseph K' by Tom Basden at the Gate Theatre was one of the best new plays I've seen in years. The amazing multiple-performances from a tiny cast and super-sharp writing provided a brilliantly absurdist lens on the tyranny of "pettygarchy".
Music: I've been plugged into Daft Punk's soundtrack to 'Tron: Legacy'. It's a vast, epic, dark electronic odyssey. Kate Rusby's 'Make the Light' is a favourite (below). I've loved her music for years, but this is the first album of her own songs. Her voice never fails to move me, and all the wit and wisdom she has picked up from years of singing folk has infused her own work with an equally beautiful and magical quality.
Books: I'm currently getting through 'The German Genius' by Peter Watson. I'm a huge Germanophile and I'm really enjoying this exploration of the cultural and intellectual powerhouse that Germany has been since the late 18th century, and how it has shaped the modern West. It's very long though!
Dan Stevens plays Matthew Crawley in ITV's 'Downton Abbey'. The second series is out later this year
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Academy criticised after no non-white actors nominated
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Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 The BBC has just done more to eradicate ‘terrorism’ than all our wars since 9/11
- 2 Dog thinks owner is drowning in lake, dives in and tries to pull him out
- 3 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 4 Chilling drone footage captures Auschwitz ahead of 70th anniversary of liberation
- 5 Phil Neville backtracks on Tomas Rosicky 'I'd smash him' comments from Match of the Day 2
Heavy metal producer's corpse to be mutilated by models as per his dying wish
Ed Sheeran texts Noel Gallagher to offer him tickets after that Wembley Stadium rant
Sia apologises for 'Elastic Heart' music video that sees Shia LaBeouf wrestle 12-year-old Maddie Ziegler
Mortdecai becomes Johnny Depp's fifth consecutive box office bomb
Last Tango in Halifax, review: Can we ever really move on from Kate?
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
Islamic history is full of free thinkers - but recent attempts to suppress critical thought are verging on the absurd
Leaked documents show Ukip leaders approve NHS privatisation once it becomes more 'acceptable to the electorate'