West Side is the best

Tom Bonnick is impressed by the musical classic at the Theatre Royal Revived for its 50th anniversary, and briefly in Glasgow as part of a world tour that has earned global acclaim, the arrival of West Side Story —…

Snowballing out of control

Tom Bonnick Beauty is, that old maxim goes, in the eye of the beholder, and with the exception of Julianne Moore, whose beauty is wholly objective, this has always been one cliché I have subscribed to. Bearing that in…

Truth and Beauty Bombs

… gets sucked into offbeat cartoon series A Softer World, and the lives of its creators (all images courtesy of Emily Horne and Joey Comeau) A Softer World is a three panel comic created by Canadian…

Tears to the eye

Lewis Porteous There is nothing I enjoy more than queuing for longer than advertised, voluntarily entering a poorly ventilated fire-trap with inadequate seating facilities and subjecting myself to the lies, tired shock tactics and thinly-veiled self-publication of a disappointingly…

An ocean of rain

Lewis Porteous It seems as though I am dealt some sort of awful experience whenever I abandon Internet retail in favour of its physical equivalent, with real people and shops and things. These usually revolve around being made to…

Blindness (Dir: Fernando Meirelles)

Louise Ogden Throughout the film’s lengthy conception, it must have seemed as though ‘Blindness’ would never be made. The author of the book on which it is based, Nobel laureate Jose Saramago, closely guarded the rights to the work,…

Changeling (Dir: Clint Eastwood)

Claire Strickett Sometimes the truth is so bizarre that it really couldn’t have been made up. The factual story behind Clint Eastwood’s latest film is one such truth. 1928, Los Angeles: the local police department triumphantly reunite hardworking single…

Choke (Dir: Clark Gregg)

Tom Bonnick Inevitably, and perhaps unfairly, the immediate comparison everybody has drawn — encouraged by Fox Searchlight, the distributor, no less — with Choke, director Clark Gregg’s feature debut, has been with Fight Club. This is not without reason…

Science of self-realisation

George Binning scratches the surface of the Hare Krishna movement Who are you? Are you your body? Or your mind? Or are you something higher? Do you really know who you are? Does it really matter? Our materialistic society,…

You’re a celebrity, get me out of here

… gives reality TV a piece of his mind after celebrity status reaches a new low Ex-Deputy Assistant Commissioner for Metropolitan Police. No, you haven’t stumbled across a job vacancy, these six words are Brian Paddick’s…