CD Choice: Jason Carter – Seeking the Divine

Independent: (http://bit.ly/1RVikXO) Carter is more than a harp guitarist extraordinaire. He is a consummate artist. His photos and videos overflow with colour and character. So it is a little surprising perhaps, that his guitar work can sometimes be so restrained and delicate. If you tried to pigeonhole his music, you would have to start with […]

Why saints don’t live on Park Avenue

Why saints don’t live on Park Avenue

  The Big Short (dir. Adam McKay, cert. 15) is the story of American financiers who anticipated the collapse of the mortgage market that led to the collapse of banks that led to a world financial crisis – and thwarted Gordon Brown’s claim to have ended boom and bust economics. The outcome seems to be […]

Small Screen Selection: Salt of the Earth

(Artificial Eye) Who better to direct a biopic about the life and work of a photographer, than Wim Wenders, a filmmaker who has recently preferred to take photographs? Wenders was originally struck by the work of Sebastiäo Salgado, when he came across a Bosch-like image of gold miners and a haunting, but dignified portrait of […]

Trust and faith in The Revenant

Trust and faith in The Revenant

  Bear Grylls, what a novice! 1820s American fur trapper Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio), badly mauled by a female grizzly protecting her cubs, left for dead but dragging himself 200 miles to an army post, shows how to do it in [i] The Revenant (cert. 15). The reasonably reliable real story is dramatic enough, with […]

Tarantino returns with a new classic

Tarantino returns with a new classic

    Quentin Tarantino throws a lot of violence into the mix in  The Hateful Eight (cert. 18) – in fact he throws a lot of everything into it, so it lasts nearly three hours. It’s Jennifer Jason Leigh who seems a particular target, pistol-whipped, elbowed in the face and punched in the head (by […]

Joy’s Miracle moment

Joy’s Miracle moment

  Joy (cert. 12A) is a fictionalised version of the life story of inventor and entrepreneur Joy Mangano, whose better mop – the Miracle Mop no less – and other innovations have made her very wealthy. Jennifer Lawrence, looking at a third Golden Globe and (less likely) a second Oscar® at only 25, plays Joy […]

CD Choice: Arvo Pärt – Musica Selecta (ECM)

CD Choice: Arvo Pärt – Musica Selecta (ECM)

You could count on the fingers of one hand the modern classical composers who are more influential than Pärt. This collection celebrates his 80th birthday. Without “Spiegel im Spiegel” it is not a greatest hits, but it is not far off. Producer Manfred Eicher has sequenced two discs of representative tracks to blend together well. […]

The Inside Out story of 2015’s movies

The Inside Out story of 2015’s movies

  2015 was not exactly a great year for cinema. Originality has given way to the familiar, with the UK’s highest grossing films (till the latest [i] Star Wars) the Bond retread [i] Spectre, [i] Jurassic World, and [i] Avengers: Age of Ultron. [i] Minions also did well, and (Fast and) [i] Furious 7 also […]

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