Without question, the book that has most influenced my life has been Naked Lunch by William S Burroughs. I was astonished by the outrageous pot-head humour: crazy ideas taken way beyond their normal limits. The book was a savage indictment of American racism and consumerism, it dealt with the corruption, graft and lies of politicians with Swiftian humour. I had never read anything like, then or since.
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Tuesday 21 August 2012
Tony Scott, the director behind a raft of action blockbusters including Top Gun and Beverly Hills Cop II, has leapt to his death from a harbour bridge in Los Angeles, shocking Hollywood.
Also showing: The Forgiveness of Blood, The Dinosaur Project, Step Up: Miami Heat, In The Dark Half and Jackpot
Sunday 12 August 2012
The Forgiveness of Blood (109 mins, 12A)
Wednesday 01 August 2012
Source Code producer Hawk Koch has been elected new president of the organisation which stages The Oscars every year.
Saturday 14 July 2012
"I just had a terrible thought... what if this is a dream?" Hollywood has dipped into Philip K Dick's fevered imagination time and time again and this lurid, violent and guiltily enjoyable 1990 sci-fi from Paul Verhoeven is one of the best.
Saturday 07 July 2012
Another older black talent supported by younger artists – here, indie stalwarts Jon Spencer, The Mekons and The Sadies – Andre Williams is a renegade r'*'b spirit who remains, in his seventies, as scurrilous as ever.
Friday 06 July 2012
Reissued in anticipation of the Colin Farrell remake, Paul Verhoeven's 1990 sci-fi thriller underlines a basic movie truth: nothing dates like a film-maker's vision of the future.
Saturday 16 June 2012
"Why are there people like Frank?" pleads Kyle Maclachlan's innocent.
Saturday 09 June 2012
For the follow-up to his hugely popular debut album, Miloš Karadaglic has leapt eagerly into the full breadth of Latin American music, which he considers the heartland of classical Spanish guitar music throughout the last century.
Saturday 02 June 2012
1. Liverpool FC.
Saturday 19 May 2012
Atwell will soon be a $10m-a-movie star, says director Junger
Saturday 28 April 2012
Stephen Hendry hit the front in his long-awaited first Crucible meeting with his fellow Scot John Higgins in Sheffield.
Monday 16 April 2012
The latest American Pie sees the cast take part in a school reunion. It might be fun on film, but in the real world there's nothing to catch up on, says Will Dean
Friday 06 April 2012
This long-awaited second volume of William Burroughs's letters spans 15 years, from the publication of Naked Lunch in Paris, to his mid-Seventies departure from London for a New York radically different to the one he knew in the 1940s. How strange it must have been to settle into a transformation that you, in part, had affected. For this is really what this volume of letters is about. The first, published in 1993 when Burroughs was still alive, covered 1945-1959. Junky aside, he was a largely unpublished but influential mentor to Kerouac, Ginsberg and co as the Beat generation assumed its shape – an entity as synthetic and modern as Beyer Pharmaceutical's heroin, a longtime companion in Burroughs's life.
Friday 30 March 2012
Julia Roberts is cast against type as a wicked queen in her new film, Mirror Mirror. The Hollywood favourite tells Lesley O'Toole how acting is now more like a hobby
Sunday 25 March 2012
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
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- 4 Farmer told to tear down mock-Tudor castle after hiding construction behind hay bales
- 5 One Direction: Louis Tomlinson launching his own record label, has already 'signed two acts'