Candid Magazine Issue 9

Candid Magazine Issue 9

This week saw Candid Magazine release its first print issue – issue 9. Since 2011 Candid’s readers have been able to purchase Candid through Apple’s App-Store but now are able to purchase it as a luxury coffee table magazine. Candid will be distributed in over 22 countries being sold in major...
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The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman - Review

The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman – Review

Who would’ve thought that a quasi-forgotten, distribution-delayed indie flop was going to deliver Shia LaBeouf’s best performance to date, at least in yours truly’s modest opinion. Forget about Fury (where he’s also really good by the way) because it’s The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman that showcases the essence and the instinctual, mad nature of...
Baijiu

Baijiu

Baijiu translates to ‘white alcohol’ – a suitably subtle introduction to a spirit we’ve never, previously, had any knowledge of. With this in mind, it’s not hard to imagine the intrigue surrounding its preview tasting at SeeWoo’s See Sushi this October. It is, in fact, a traditional Chinese spirit that has not previously breached western...
MR. TURNER - Review

MR. TURNER – Review

Though mostly contemporary in setting, Mike Leigh’s cinema is predicated on hyperrealism, exploring themes and topics that are prescient whichever timeframe they’re viewed through, infused as they are by the tropes of the kitchen sink style of filmmaking he was a forefather of. After his exceptional last feature, Another Year (2010), wowed both critics and...
Rembrandt: The Late Works

Rembrandt: The Late Works

  Often described as a painter who exquisitely catches the human condition, Rembrandt’s later works epitomise his ability to paint the emotions, desires, and compassions of his sitters. Rembrandt: The Late Works brings together 91 of his most celebrated pieces to explore the final years of the artist’s turbulent life.   During his last two...
Live Review: Aquilo

Live Review: Aquilo

Atmospheric electronica duo Aquilo played their first headline gig at Manchester’s Soup Kitchen on Monday, to an intimate crowd of around sixty people in the venue’s basement. Ben Fletcher and Tom Higham (who are just nineteen and twenty three respectively) became aware of each other whilst performing in rival bands in their hometown of Silverdale...
OUIJA - Review

OUIJA – Review

You’d struggle to find a more stereotypical horror movie than Ouija. If you’ve come for wide eyes, American teens and loud noises, look no further. If it is something of substance you seek, abandon all hope, ye who enter here. Self-evidently about a ouija board – to the uninitiated, a board game used to communicate...
London Restaurant Festival 2014 Awards

London Restaurant Festival 2014 Awards

The London Restaurant Festival 2014 has come to a close, but not before doing its best to leave a mark on the capital’s restaurant scene by announcing this year’s winners and losers. The festival, which ran across October, is now in its sixth year. 2014 is apparently its biggest year so far too, involving over...
FELONY - Review

FELONY – Review

Felony opens with a bang: an exciting and effectively shot drug raid. It soon settles into a slow but engaging pace bolstered by its three strong leads and a very interesting premise. The film, initially at least, riffs on its story well. Various subplots mirror the dilemma facing its three main characters, each representing a...
EXTRATERRESTRIAL - Review

EXTRATERRESTRIAL – Review

When anyone talks about a film, one thing that will always come up is genre. With every genre, there comes generic baggage: certain ideas and themes that crop up repeatedly in films of similar genre focus. This is perhaps most obvious in the horror genre, modern horrors making use of the same old themes in...
Quentin Blake’s Inside Stories - Last Chance To See

Quentin Blake’s Inside Stories – Last Chance To See

  “The essence of drawing is in imagining what you are drawing.” Quentin Blake   For anyone of a certain age, the name Quentin Blake is inextricably associated with Roald Dahl. His fun, expressive caricatures are as memorable as Dahl’s evocative titles. In this very special exhibition, the man behind the illustrations opens the doors...
THE ANOMALY - DVD Review

THE ANOMALY – DVD Review

In Noel Clarke’s new film The Anomaly we follow the fortunes of former soldier Ryan, played by Clarke himself, as he attempts to piece together the mysterious goings on around him through brief ten minute cycles of consciousness. As it can be told from even that most basic of plot descriptions The Anomaly is not...
Live Review: Katy B

Live Review: Katy B

Last night saw Katy B perform the seventh of her ten date ‘Little Red’ tour, this time at Manchester Academy. The 25 year old, who is a product of the BRIT school, has had a string of successes including a number two album with her debut ‘On A Mission’ in April 2011, four top ten...
New Music: Basheba

New Music: Basheba

Heralding from North West London, Basheba – otherwise known as Laurie Nicoll – is a new artist on her way up, preparing to blow up the drum and bass scene. Her music is a mixture of drum and bass, blues, r&b and gospel. Inspired by her Bajan roots – her mother was Bajan and she...
Inside THE WAY HE LOOKS with filmmaker Daniel Ribeiro

Inside THE WAY HE LOOKS with filmmaker Daniel Ribeiro

One of the most interesting and poignant films programmed this year at the BFI London Film Festival was The Way He Looks, the feature debut of 32 years old Brazilian filmmaker Daniel Ribeiro, which just opened in UK cinemas this weekend. It’s a delicate coming of age story about a blind teenager who strives for...
IN SECRET - DVD Review

IN SECRET – DVD Review

With a screenplay based on Émile Zola’s classic novel Thérèse Raquin, in his feature film debut, director Charlie Stratton takes us on a tour of nineteenth century Paris and the dark desires of the human heart, and whilst In Secret is far from being the most original film released in recent times, it is handled...
An Ever-transcending World – The Reign of Quantity, Peter Peri, Singapore

An Ever-transcending World – The Reign of Quantity, Peter Peri, Singapore

  Imperfect lines leading continuously into the unknown – that would be only one way of describing Peter Peri’s new series of paintings. The portrait-sized works are fundamentally open and point to a continuation into the realm of the unseen. A vast amount of imperfectly drawn horizontal lines seem to clash with a forceful vertical...
THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU - Review

THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU – Review

What could be worse than coming home to find your wife having sex in your bed with your boss? Probably losing your cool radio producer job right after it and then, to top it all off, the sudden death of your father and a trip back home to your Jewish family, having to pretend it’s...
Egon Schiele - The Radical Nude

Egon Schiele – The Radical Nude

  In the space of 9 years he dropped out of Vienna’s Academy of Fine Arts, created hundreds of finished works on paper, was thrown in jail for his art, succeeded Klimt as Vienna’s most prolific artist, and died tragically of Spanish flu at the height of his career aged only 28. Egon Schiele’s work...
The Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa

The Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa

Candid rarely leaves the confines of its Greater London surrounding but when invited to The Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa, we decided to make an exception. Nestled away in the greenery of the 30,000 acre Bolton Abbey Estate in The Yorkshire Dales National Park, sits this quaint 1600s offering which has been providing hospitality to...
THE BABADOOK - Review

THE BABADOOK – Review

There is nothing more exciting for a film buff and aspiring screenwriter like yours truly than discovering a new exciting filmmaking talent. But the excitement is even sweeter when said talent happens to be a woman and in this case, there’s another variable that makes The Babadook one of the most wonderful cinematic revelations of...
Joan Fontcuberta, Stranger Than Fiction - Media Space Gallery, Science Museum

Joan Fontcuberta, Stranger Than Fiction – Media Space Gallery, Science Museum

  Mind-blowing would be the term that best describes the experience at Joan Fontcuberta’s exhibition. The first room of the exhibition is called Fauna, 1987 and is a very elaborate documentation of a so-called ‘Professor Peter Ameisenhaufen’. A unicorn monkey, a great winged cat, a flying elephant, a cannibalistic rabbit, and various creatures with; missing...
Alexander and the Horrible, Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day - REVIEW

Alexander and the Horrible, Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day – REVIEW

The temptation to go for the jugular and say they should’ve called it “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Script” was strong but it subsided as I’m well aware that it could’ve been so much worse. In the end Alexander and the Horrible, Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is just an...
CAMP X-RAY & FISHING WITHOUT NETS - BFI London Film Festival 2014

CAMP X-RAY & FISHING WITHOUT NETS – BFI London Film Festival 2014

The films in the Debate category at this year’s BFI London Film Festival have been selected for their tendency to “rush headfirst and unafraid into some of the stormiest issues of today”. Camp X-Ray and Fishing Without Nets, both listed in this section, keep this promise only in part. CAMP X-RAY Camp X-Ray is the...
The Wild Wild New Age West

The Wild Wild New Age West

The Wild Wild New Age West Photographed by Anna Fearon Styling: Sean Azeez Assisted by: Valerie Kandu and Marlon Henry Grooming: Ruth Campbell Set Design: Sarah Gobourne Models: Sam and Blythe at PRM Blythe wears jacket by Kit Neale, jumper by Samsoe, trousers by Antony Morato, shoes by Robert Clergerie and hat by Jaxon HatsSam wears shirt...
Sigalit Landau - Knafeh - At Marlborough Contemporary

Sigalit Landau – Knafeh – At Marlborough Contemporary

  Considered to be one of ‘Israel’s foremost contemporary artists’ and consistently noted for her unusual processes, Sigalit Landau has been on our radar for two decades.   Graduating from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in the year of 1994, she soon found herself represented at the Venice Biennale in 1997, and 2011 saw...
THE WAY HE LOOKS - BFI London Film Festival 2014

THE WAY HE LOOKS – BFI London Film Festival 2014

You may colour me sappy as much as you want after reading my thoughts on The Way He Looks (Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho) because I am sappy indeed and I’m proud of it. But I’d like to consider myself a more sophisticated kind of sappy man. One who doesn’t get lured in by cheap...
Eat Film at London Restaurant Festival

Eat Film at London Restaurant Festival

‘Dinner and a movie’ is such an ubiquitous concept that it’s surprising that there aren’t more events that bring the two together – aside from overpriced nachos or the occasional ‘gourmet’ cinema. Eat Film, part of the London Restaurant Festival, does exactly that, treating guests to canapés and drinks, a film screening and a three-course...
SERENA - BFI London Film Festival 2014

SERENA – BFI London Film Festival 2014

Serena is a beautifully shot, artfully costumed and well acted romance which ultimately collapses under its own weight thanks primarily to confused pacing and a central relationship that’s so underdone it’s still cold inside. Based on the novel of the same name by Ron Rash, Serena follows timber baron George Pemberton (Bradley Cooper) as he...
Artist's Reimagine Film Posters For The Dark City Gallery

Artist’s Reimagine Film Posters For The Dark City Gallery

    Established in 2009, Dark City Gallery specialises in limited edition handcrafted screen prints by leading contemporary artists and graphic designers, inspired mainly by films and music. Their recent exhibition of prints at The Phoenix Cinema in Finchley consisted of reimaginings of some classic film posters. For those film buffs with wonderful taste, you are...
The Merchant Fox

The Merchant Fox

Fox Brothers counterpart, The Merchant Fox have produced a bespoke winter collection heavily inspired by the Fox Brothers extensive archive of cloth samples collected over a 300 year history of trading. Influenced by the English countryside, the collection magnifies the brands significant attention to detail with high-quality fabrics for suiting and casual attire, as well...