SON OF A GUN - BFI London Film Festival 2014

SON OF A GUN – BFI London Film Festival 2014

There isn’t any novelty to be found in crime drama and heist flick Son Of A Gun which screened as part of the First Feature Competition at the BFI London Film Festival 2014. Yet writer/director Julius Avery is definitely commendable for nonchalantly staging adrenaline-fueled action sequences and directing a film...
BAD MILO - DVD Review

BAD MILO – DVD Review

So, Halloween is fast approaching and you need to find the right film to salute the ‘holiday’ with. Will you be going to the cinema to see Annabelle, or maybe The Babadook? Perhaps this year you should stay in with a DVD and stick on Bad Milo. Duncan (Ken Marino)...
Calder – Miró – Dubuffet - Opera Gallery

Calder – Miró – Dubuffet – Opera Gallery

  October in London is renowned for its focus on art. The capital becomes a hive of activity with a series of celebrated art fairs, important auctions, and spectacular exhibitions across both public institutions and commercial galleries. Trends are set, names are established, and a vast quantity of money changes...
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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...
H&M x Alexander Wang

H&M x Alexander Wang

On Thursday night, a plethora of H&M and Alexander Wang’s friends and fans waited in anticipation in New York’s Armory show space for his other AW14 collection to hit the athletics track runway. Supplied with stadium-style beer, snacks and foam hands – reimagined by Wang as boxing gloves – it had been a long wait...
New Music: Weyes Blood

New Music: Weyes Blood

The evolution of a musical genre over time is almost always inevitable, and can attract a wider array of people or even an altogether different group of listeners. Take reggae for example, which, over time, gave us dub. Dub itself spawned dubstep; yet now if you put dubstep next to reggae people would think you...
Director Jim Mickle discusses COLD IN JULY

Director Jim Mickle discusses COLD IN JULY

After its theatrical run in the summer, indie thriller Cold In July is released on DVD today and the occasion has allowed me to have a quick chat with filmmaker Jim Mickle about his genre-splitting film which I reviewed when it was released in June. It’s a unique film that shatters your expectations before building...
London Collections: Men Expands

London Collections: Men Expands

The British Fashion Council have announced the dates of 2015’s London Collections: Men. Starting a day earlier than usual it will allow more time for the already jam packed schedule of shows, presentations and events. Dylan Jones OBE Chair of London Collections: Men commented: “Now in its sixth season, LC:M has continued to grow year...
FURY - BFI London Film Festival 2014 Closing Gala

FURY – BFI London Film Festival 2014 Closing Gala

The oversaturation of serious World War II films hasn’t left much space to fit in something new. It has been taken on by everyone from Spielberg to Tarantino. Yet, David Ayer’s Fury manages to squeeze itself into a spot as a refreshing take on the band-of-brothers war film. As usual, we follow a rag-tag bunch...
LIPSTIKKA - Review

LIPSTIKKA – Review

A title symbolic of the transition to womanhood (well, according to director Jonathan Sagall), Lipstikka tells the story of two Palestinian women living seemingly normal lives in London. Lara (Clara Khoury), an outwardly happy wife and mother has an unexpected visitor in the form of her estranged friend Inam (Nataly Attiya). The air of awkwardness...
Live Review: Lucy Rose

Live Review: Lucy Rose

Lucy Rose’s transition from Bombay Bicycle Club backing singer into fully fledged acoustic singer songwriter has made for fascinating observation since the release of debut album ‘Like I Used To’ back in September 2012. The delicately constructed blend of hushed vocals swelling to strident instrumental led highs were the template for an album capturing the...
New Music: Kindness

New Music: Kindness

After several listens of this album it is hard not to say that I am hooked. With its jazzy baselines, melodic vocals and rhythmic beats, this is an album for the Palo Alto watching generation of perfectly quaffed alt pop listeners. It wouldn’t be surprising to find it comfortably nestled between the vinyls and Polaroid...
THE CUT and DIFRET - BFI London Film Festival 2014

THE CUT and DIFRET – BFI London Film Festival 2014

Two compelling entries at the BFI London Film Festival 2014, The Cut and Difret will particularly appeal to viewers who are interested in factually accurate human drama. Both are all but exempt from flaws, yet honest and fascinating in their exercise of historical contextualisation. THE CUT The Cut is directed by Fatih Akin, best known...
Rodolfo Villaplana The Naked and the Nude

Rodolfo Villaplana The Naked and the Nude

As you walk up the stairs to the main room, your gaze is drawn immediately to the stage, and center piece: a portrait of the former Pope Ratzinger. Even though this is a painting of a familiar face, and of a photograph you have seen before, there is something intimate about Rodolfo Villaplana’s painting. It...
CITIZENFOUR - BFI London Film Festival 2014

CITIZENFOUR – BFI London Film Festival 2014

The world of Laura Poitras’ sterling new film CitizenFour is a quasi-dystopia in which every phone call you make, every email you send, every Google search you do is being watched. Your private life is not so much being interfered with as it is being entirely eradicated, undercut by governmental surveillance: this world is our...
A LITTLE CHAOS - BFI London Film Festival 2014

A LITTLE CHAOS – BFI London Film Festival 2014

The setting is 17th Century France. King Louis XIV (Alan Rickman) has commissioned work to be completed for the gardens that continue to be preserved at the Palace of Versailles. The honour falls upon renowned architect André Le Nôtre (Matthias Schoenaerts) to deliver, enlisting the assistance of gardener Sabine (Kate Winslet) to create The Ballroom...
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Review

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Review

Walking into a screening of the latest incarnation of Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird’s creation Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles I was preparing myself for absolutely the worst. Whilst I don’t despise Michael Bay with the vehement passion that many seem to, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and this summer’s Transformers: Age of Extinction are absolutely...
Live Review: Losers

Live Review: Losers

Electronic industrial rockers, Losers arrived in Manchester at the Soup Kitchen in their latest incarnation as a headline act for the first time.  They have come a long way, becoming a full five-piece band after previously starting out as a remix project between XFM’s Eddy Temple Morris and Tom Bellamy from the criminally underrated Cooper...
Fab Fad Frieze: Our Highlights

Fab Fad Frieze: Our Highlights

With a reputation for wealthy art collectors, big glitzy over-sized art pieces, and the heavy use of neon rope light, it’s often forgotten that Frieze also showcases and finances up and coming artists and projects that other sponsors might deem too risky or unprofitable. Yet this year, despite Live, the new Frieze London initiative, showcasing...
WILD LIFE (Vie Sauvage) - BFI London Film Festival 2014

WILD LIFE (Vie Sauvage) – BFI London Film Festival 2014

More fugitives-on-the-run than a Kramer vs Kramer-style custody battle, Cedric Kahn’s Wild Life (Vie Sauvage) which is based on true events, recounts the story of a father who is repulsed by the consumer-driven capitalist society of France and fed up with the French legal system and so kidnaps two of his children to begin a...
New Music: Tinashe

New Music: Tinashe

“Welcome to my world” sighs Tinashe (pronounced tee-NAH-shay) on the silky smooth album title track ‘Aquarius’. She invites us to a world that manages to feel both fresh and nostalgic – from the overt sexuality reminiscent of Janet Jackson and the way she heavily breathes over a track a la Aaliyah, to the intensity of...
Made Corrections Exhibition at Garden Court Chambers, Holborn

Made Corrections Exhibition at Garden Court Chambers, Holborn

  “Can you imagine a life without art?” –Dean Stalham   This is the question that the dynamic artist and writer Dean Stalham posed, trying to convince the authorities to let him into the Kaunas Youth Correctional and Interrogation Facility in Lithuania. The Made Corrections team wanted to bring art to a place where the...
THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY - BFI London Film Festival 2014

THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY – BFI London Film Festival 2014

Peter Strickland takes his mesmerizing and twisted approach honed in Berberian Sound Studio to a tribute and reinvention of the seventies kitsch European erotica films. The Duke of Burgundy is a hazy, hypnotic study of an intense relationship between two women that has all the same arguments, problems and passion as any normal couple has,...
THE JUDGE - Review

THE JUDGE – Review

Some 15 years ago, Robert Downey Jr. was a mess. In and out of the courts for drug related offences, he even had a 6 month stint in an LA jail for missing a court hearing. Close to 2 decades down the line and those days are entirely faded, being the highest paid actor in...
Frieze Masters 2014

Frieze Masters 2014

The much younger sibling of the well-established contemporary art goliath Frieze London, Frieze Masters is really upping the game that is global art fairs. Now in its third year, Frieze Masters profiles any work created by renowned arts figures made pre-2000, meaning that anything from Ancient Egyptian artefacts to European Renaissance portraiture and true contemporary...
Clarks Launch Mens Pop Up

Clarks Launch Mens Pop Up

Strong sales have led to footwear giant Clarks opening a men’s standalone pop-up store in the heart of Covent Garden, Seven Dials at 55 Neal Street. The 443 sq ft store, set to open its doors for a limited period of three weeks on October 23rd, is set to showcase an edited variety of their autumn...
Peregrine Wool Ride

Peregrine Wool Ride

A family-run business – eight generations, to be exact – Peregrine prides itself on sourcing its wool and producing garments within the UK, (and with all processes that close to home, it means no nasty surprises, either). The brand has humble beginnings, starting with Thomas Glover over two centuries ago: he made weekly trips to...
WILD - BFI London Film Festival 2014

WILD – BFI London Film Festival 2014

After Song for Marion in 2012 and Labour Day in 2013, this year’s May Fair Hotel Gala enriched the London Film Festival with another bold, inspired feature: Wild. The film is based on Cheryl Strayed’s “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail”, a memoir of her 1,100-mile hike on the Pacific Crest...
The Great Invisible and Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart - BFI London Film Festival 2014

The Great Invisible and Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart – BFI London Film Festival 2014

As well as presenting twelve important films, the 2014 BFI London Film Festival’s Documentary section also features a few fascinating titles outside the competition. Although for different reasons, both The Great Invisible and Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart are unmissable, two of the festival’s very best films. THE GREAT INVISIBLE The Great Invisible will...
The Art Of Pin-Up - Book review

The Art Of Pin-Up – Book review

  The duality of the artist rendered pin-up makes it hard for the medium to rise to the realm of fine art, yet it is too distractingly poetic in form and too glamorous to label soft core porn or mar with words like ‘smutty’ and ‘dirty’. Yet the 50’s pin-up has made a name for...
El Niño - BFI London Film Festival 2014

El Niño – BFI London Film Festival 2014

You may remember a little film called Cell 211? It was a brutally brilliant prison drama about a rookie guard who gets trapped in a revolt and poses as a prisoner to survive. The film, by Spain’s next-great-director, Daniel Monzón, was met with critical acclaim and commercial success, and earned eight golden Goya statuettes. With...
HOCKNEY - BFI London Film Festival 2014

HOCKNEY – BFI London Film Festival 2014

Hockney is one of the most influential British artists of the last century, whose creative reach has spanned continents and generations. However, most of the public’s access to Hockney has halted at his colourful canvases and flamboyant public charisma. Now he has decided to open up his personal archives for the first time for Randall...
La Porte des Indes

La Porte des Indes

Literally translating as ‘Gateway to India’, La Porte des Indes very much lives up to its name. The restaurant, which has been going since 1996, may be housed in an old Edwardian ballroom just off of Marble Arch, but as soon as you enter, you feel you have stepped into a exotic oasis, complete with...