Brideshead Revisited (Dir: Julian Jarrold)

Lewis Porteous Given that the original text has previously spawned a hugely acclaimed and much-loved 1981 mini-series, while the remainder of Evelyn Waugh’s equally masterful novels reside in relative obscurity, one cannot help but think it odd and unnecessary…

Tropic Thunder (Dir. Ben Stiller)

There’s a school of thought which insists that everybody, regardless of how much wrong they have done, is deserving of another chance. Ben Stiller must be the one exception to this rule, as even the kindest…

The Wave (Dir. Dennis Gansel)

Emily McQueen-Govan It is easy to establish a dictatorship when the required ingredients are pre-eminent in society. That is the premise of ‘The Wave,’ Dennis Gansel’s film based on a real-life incident  which took place in a California high…

Playing Ketchup

Michelle Williams braves Ashton Lane’s newest arrival Now, I ain’t no doctor or nothin’, but I do know a thing or two about burgers. In my house burgers come fat, juicy and homemade, full of chillis and smothered in…

Le geek – c’est chic!

Tara Hepburn A friend said to me recently that she had no time for fashion — that it’s intimidating and elitist, and annoyingly ‘cool’. And whilst that’s a slightly sweeping excuse for her own sartorial ineptitude, it’s a belief…

Freshers & finals

David Kirkpatrick It’s cold outside, Christmas cards are on sale and I’m sitting waiting for a cheerful, white bearded old man to appear. There’s only one logical conclusion: it has to be the first seminar of term. But how…

Wire – 11/09/08 – The Arches

Benzo Harris At first I was skeptical — post-punk before punk was over? Transcending the genre in the mid ‘70s? Snobbish elitism comes to mind. Well, as I waited in line around a bunch of guys who coulda been…