There is a house in New Orleans

11th November 2008

The Tron offers a startling vision of N’Yahlins in Suddenly Last Summer and Like The Rain, writes Tom Bonnick The near-magical list of ingredients that have come together to form the Tron Theatre’s new production of Suddenly Last Summer — writing by the 20th Century’s greatest dramatist, Tennessee Williams; direction by Glasgow’s finest, Andy Arnolds; ...


Struck off

11th November 2008

Tom Bonnick Here in the always-glamorous world of film reviewing, the effects of the American writer’s strike are still being felt.  Productions were put on hold, cancelled, or consigned to Hollywood-purgatory, and the upshot of all these shenanigans is that there are now fewer films to criticise. In some cases, however, I can only be ...


Hunger (Dir: Steve McQueen)

11th November 2008

Frank Lazarski This year’s Cannes Film Festival saw an unprecedented display of new British cinema. Along with Terrence Davies’ ‘Of Time and The City’ and Duane Hopkins’ ‘Better Things’, ‘Hunger’ — Steve McQueen’s portrayal of the end days of Irish Republican activist Bobby Sands — represented a healthy British industry, rich in ideas...


Easy Virtue (Dir: Stephan Elliot)

11th November 2008

Emily McQueen Govan Easy Virtue is an adaptation of an early Noel Coward play; a comedy of manners providing a droll and witty look into the life of a staid, snobbish and typically English upper class family. We are introduced to the central couple; the complex Larita Huntingdon (Jessica Biel), America’s first female racing driver ...


W (Dir: Oliver Stone)

11th November 2008

Lewis Porteous Hating George W. Bush is so cool. In fact, it’s so cool, that the only thing cooler is to unashamedly support him. I mean, he’s no Reagan but he’s still pretty cool. Or maybe he isn’t, I don’t know. Happily, Oliver Stone doesn’t seem to know either, or if he does, refrains from ...


Quantum of Solace (Dir: Marc Forster)

11th November 2008

Louise Ogden Following the success of 2006’s Casino Royale, expectations for Quantum of Solace, the 22nd instalment in the James Bond saga, could not have been higher. Topping the previous effort was always destined to be a daunting task and, sadly, Quantum falls short of the mark. Though the movie’s narrative follows on directly from ...


Winter investment

11th November 2008

Isabella Poppius argues the case for splashing out on classics this season. Harsh economic conditions of late have forced most people to think twice before opening their wallets and for an ever increasing number of savvy fashionistas this ´think before spending’ attitude is becoming an everyday matter. Since mid- summer, fashion magazines from American Elle ...


The season to be healthy

11th November 2008

Michelle Williams turns her back on organic to reap the benefits of seasonal produce The arguments in favour of buying organic are, at present, still not wholly convincing to some, myself included. Organic produce does not necessarily contain a higher nutrient content than non-organic, and some critics even suggest that given the increased farming land ...


Life is Peachy

11th November 2008

Laura Doherty ‘Nepotism.’ That, in short, is Jon Snow’s top tip for breaking into the media world. It’s briefly succeeded by hard work and perseverance, but they are but pawns in the game of bloodline dominance. This month’s frontrunner for Peaches Honeyblossom Angel Vanessa Bildungsroman Kerouac Drummey (Nee Geldof) who has somehow wheezed her way ...


Who are you kidding?

11th November 2008

Benzo Harris … receives a lesson in indie from Black Kids’ lead, Reggie Youngblood It has been a little over a year since Black Kids played the Athens pop festival, their first gig outside of their hometown in Jacksonville, Florida. Since then things have been skyrocketing ever upwards for the band, and already it’s a ...