Those present at the Venice Film Festival premiere of Jonathan Glazer’s long-awaited alien hitchhiker film, Under The Skin, reported that the director’s first feature since Birth was greeted with an even split of boos and cheers from the auditorium.
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Monday 03 May 2010
Tthe author Victoria Hislop has shunned a Hollywood offer to adapt her best-selling debut novel The Island, about a leper colony off Crete, in favour of a much smaller fee from a Greek television network.
Friday 23 April 2010
Sunday 11 April 2010
What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.
Friday 05 February 2010
The spirit of Tarkovsky is never far from this rebarbative fable of guilt and atonement by Pavel Lounguine.
Saturday 23 January 2010
All week the two main political parties have been bickering like an old married couple about the best way to bring up families. Like most fractious spouses, they don't actually disagree about very much, but each small difference is an occasion to vent their mutual loathing. And the subject of their most bitter dispute is marriage. The Tories have promised to promote it (in their own half-cocked kind of way). Labour has made great hay with how unfair it is to advocate one style of family over another. Every sort of relationship is equally valid, said Ed Balls, and anyway if we cut newlyweds some slack on tax, the children of non-marrieds will be bullied at school. Hum. Really? Is that how bullies work? "Oi new boy! Your mum doesn't claim a weekly tax credit?!"
Monday 05 October 2009
That thoughtful and accomplished comedian-impressionist, Alistair McGowan, has said he is quite unable to imitate David Cameron. After repeated attempts, "all that comes out is an upper-class whisper". It's true: has anyone succeeded in capturing Cameron's way of talking, or even in isolating any characteristic gestures? His voice doesn't sound "upper class" to me: it sounds neutral, relaxed, and middle class, like a BBC announcer from the 1970s. He is remarkably free of verbal or physical tics, as far as I can see; there is little on the surface to ridicule.
Sunday 06 September 2009
Sunday 19 July 2009
Sunday 21 June 2009
This breezy tale of two American tourists (Scarlett Johansson and Rebecca Hall) who have their hormones and preconceptions shaken by two Spanish artists (Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz) is the return to form Woody Allen fans had given up hoping for.
Friday 19 June 2009
Better than Match Point but far from the heights of Manhattan, this Spanish romance is a welcome return to form for Woody Allen.
Friday 12 June 2009
The best of a bad bunch of chick flicks this year.
- 1 The hardwired difference between male and female brains could explain why men are 'better at map reading'
- 2 Is this the scariest advert ever? Japanese tyre commercial comes with its own disclaimer and health warning
- 3 UK chef creates world's most expensive ready meal - a fish pie costing £314
- 4 Food poverty in UK has reached level of 'public health emergency', warn experts
- 5 I’m sure Kate Moss doesn't care about posing for Playboy. But I do