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Wednesday 15 February 2012
The French Revolution has been portrayed many times before on screen but never in quite oblique a way as in Benoit Jacquot’s film.
Sunday 03 April 2011
If anyone other than Sofia Coppola had made Somewhere, they'd have been accused of ripping off Sofia Coppola.
Friday 01 April 2011
Sofia Coppola's latest offering about a disillusioned actor and his daughter is refreshingly slow-paced.
Sunday 13 February 2011
how better to sample the Sturm und Drang of the planet's busiest metropolis than on its most famous train? The Yamanote Line loops overland around the buzzing heart of Tokyo, stopping at many of its biggest attractions. One of the transport wonders of the world, its brisk, frictionless efficiency should be on any list of Japan's best, most inexpensive pleasures.
Sunday 12 December 2010
Friday 10 December 2010
Friday 03 December 2010
The days of Elle Fanning being mistaken for older sister Dakota are coming to an end. She recently got the chance to stepout of Dakota’s sizeable movie star shadow at the Venice Film Festival, where Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere, in which she co-starswith Stephen Dorff, won the Golden Lion. Meeting at LA’s Sunset Tower hotel, Elle is easy going, giggly, ethereal, a self described“girly girl” who loves Beyoncé, ballet, vintage clothing and Marilyn Monroe.
Saturday 04 September 2010
Monday 02 August 2010
The iTunes festival pulled another spectacular performance out of the bag, within the ever-trendy walls (wall?) of Camden's Roundhouse. The ridiculously popular but rarely spotted French band Phoenix (who will also be playing at this year's Field Day, in partnership with The Independent) were supported by "folktronica" artist James Yuill.
Friday 30 April 2010
Tuesday 09 March 2010
In theory, the Best Director Academy Award is gender-neutral. It is therefore astonishing that it has taken more than 80 years for it to be awarded to a woman. Kathryn Bigelow's triumph on Sunday exposed just how male-dominated US film-making remains, especially when it comes to directing.
Friday 19 February 2010
If you like your ballet to reflect real life then dancer and choreographer Jonathan Watkins's new work, titled New Watkins, which premieres tonight at the Royal Opera House is for you. It's his first work for the main stage and an intriguing look at five separate modern day "slices of life". There's a young carefree group in the kitchen at a house party who are all living for the moment; a dysfunctional "sofa couple" where the man is constantly focused on the TV, while his girlfriend vies for his attention; an energetic piece inspired by the street culture ritual of shoefiti, where gangs throw trainers over telephone wires to mark territory; a Lost in Translation-style isolated woman in a waiting room and finally, a male commuter who's stuck in a boring routine.
Friday 03 July 2009
Friday 05 June 2009
Sunday 24 May 2009
In spite of all their cool connections (singer Thomas Mars is the partner of Sofia Coppola and designer Hedi Slimane is a friend and fan), the term "guilty pleasure" still works best when describing Phoenix's music.
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