Culture



The Firemen – Electric Arguments – Pinnacle

3rd December 2008

Tom Bonnick Inevitably, The Fireman’s new album, Electric Arguments, will never really be viewed as anything other than the latest vehicle with which Sir Paul McCartney has been desperately attempting to resurrect his floundering career, and/or some semblance of artistic credibility. As such, it has certain expectations to live up to — namely, that it ...


Buraka Som Sistema – Black Diamond – Fabric Integral

3rd December 2008

George Binning European clubbers are breaking out their obsidian disco balls in preparation for Black Diamond, the first LP from Portuguese break-beat trio, Buraka Som Sistema. The band claim to be championing a painstakingly underground sound known as ‘Kuduro’. Kuduro, Portuguese for ‘hard ass’, is a really low-tech strain of Techno that was born in ...


Where to next?

3rd December 2008

Gerry McKeever The almighty mess the music industry is in is nothing if not well publicised.  Enormous growth in new alternative methods of acquiring music over the internet have punched a big hole right in the middle of the business. There is quite simply just not enough demand for the tangible product anymore, with the ...


Taking care of affairs

11th November 2008

Lucy Humphries is astounded by a new rendition of a Pinter classic The Citizen Theatre’s new production of Harold Pinter’s The Caretaker greets the audience with a single room, a solitary man and a resounding lack of dialogue. Pinter belongs to that unique class of writer who exploits the expectations of the audience through deafening ...


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 ...