LIFE AFTER BETH - Review

LIFE AFTER BETH – Review

The most recent cinematic example of zombie-human love that comes to mind is last year’s Warm Bodies where a zombie teen boy falls for a girl who lives amongst the survivors of an already fully-fledged zombie apocalypse. In Life After Beth the roles are reversed and there’s no clear sign...
Disobedient Objects - Fusing Art With Politics at the V&A

Disobedient Objects – Fusing Art With Politics at the V&A

Fusing art with politics is a challenge that many contemporary artists are now accepting with great zeal, as the creative sphere of the twenty-first century is able to pose an increasing threat to social norms. As one of the UK’s traditional art institutions in the UK it seems ironic, yet...
I ORIGINS - Review

I ORIGINS – Review

Written and directed by Mike Cahill (Another Earth) I Origins is a spectacularly emotional and engaging film, appealing to both spiritualists and atheists alike with a script that will leave you open-minded about death, reincarnation and the soul. It doesn’t shove spirituality down your throat but allows for common sense...
Francesca Woodman ZIGZAG at Victoria Miro

Francesca Woodman ZIGZAG at Victoria Miro

Francesca Woodman, born in 1958, has become one of the most talked about, studied and influential of contemporary photographers. The artist who ended her life in 1981, at the mere age of twenty-two, left behind a small but nevertheless provocative and impressive body of work. Francesca Woodman’s art is raw...
Catherine Goodman: Portraits from Life

Catherine Goodman: Portraits from Life

This unique, private collection, tucked away in two small rooms at the National Portrait Gallery, is a fascinating display of contemporary expressionism at its most enigmatic. It comprises subjects close to Goodman herself – friends and family – and depicts a broad cross-section of society from a priest to a...
Delusions of Grandeur: Esmeralda Dominguez SS15

Delusions of Grandeur: Esmeralda Dominguez SS15

Delusions of Grandeur Photographed by Rosaline Shahnavaz exclusive to Candid Grooming: Molly Turrel Designer: Esmeralda Dominguez SS15 Model: Jonathan Supajirawatanon @ First Models  
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Live Review - Sofar Sounds

Live Review – Sofar Sounds

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HUMAN CAPITAL - Review

HUMAN CAPITAL – Review

The intense love most of us feel for our loved ones is a scary thing. How far would you go to protect a member of your family? If you suspected they’d committed the grossest of human actions, murder, would you lie for them? Would you still cover for your son, daughter, mother or father even...
THE EQUALIZER - Review

THE EQUALIZER – Review

What differentiates a trashy, loudly violent action film from an entertaining, genuine guilty pleasure? If there’s a line, The Equalizer walks on it like an acrobat on a tightrope. Antoine Fuqua’s most recent work establishes itself as a crowd-pleaser, leaving spectators in awe, but every fluctuation between nonsense and coherency creates uneasiness and raises eyebrows....
Live Review - JAWS

Live Review – JAWS

Birmingham fourpiece JAWS formed back in 2012 whilst they were all studying at Halesowen College near Dudley. The boys (Connor Schofield, Alex Hudson, Eddy Geach and Jake Cooper) have since gone on to release two EPS – Milkshake and Gold – both in 2013, and are signed to the Rattlepop label. Their debut album ‘Be...
Dolce & Gabbana SS15 Menswear

Dolce & Gabbana SS15 Menswear

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HONEYMOON - Review

HONEYMOON – Review

“It’s dark and scary out there,” says newly-wed Bea to her husband Paul as they arrive in their honeymoon cottage in the woods. “It’s dark and scary in here,” he replies, teasing her. Horror films about forest cabins are now a dime a dozen, so director (and co-writer) Leigh Janiak scores no points here for...
Café Kaizen review

Café Kaizen review

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ROB THE MOB - Review

ROB THE MOB – Review

In the early 90s, while John Gotti’s Gambino crime family was being taken down by renowned U.S. attorney Rudy Giuliani (later to gain much greater fame for cleaning up New York as Mayor and leading its residents through the aftermath of 9/11) a young couple began holding up a fractured Mafia’s social clubs. They humiliated...
New Music: Rachel Foxx

New Music: Rachel Foxx

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New Music: Sam Tiba

New Music: Sam Tiba

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THE GIVER - Review

THE GIVER – Review

The thing that struck me the most during press screening of The Giver was the unfair conundrum the source material got itself stuck into by making it to the silver screen only now. Without Lois Lowry’s wonderful novel in fact there would be no Hunger Games, Divergent and other literary teen dystopias alike, yet those...
Restless Futures at London Design Festival, Central Saint Martins

Restless Futures at London Design Festival, Central Saint Martins

  Showcasing the future of design practice, Central Saint Martins’ recent graduates show off their latest projects at the Restless Futures exhibition as part of London Design Festival.   There are the expected technology-attuned designs, such as a 3D printed sake set. Also the amusingly clever innovations; digital printable artwork controlled by sitting on a...
WISH I WAS HERE - Review

WISH I WAS HERE – Review

Ever since Zach Braff announced he was launching a Kickstarter campaign to finance the overdue follow up to his 2004 breakthrough debut and indie sensation Garden State, many eyebrows were raised and many more words were wasted to complain about why a fairly successful Hollywood actor/filmmaker wouldn’t dig from his own pocket in order to...
The 3 Crowns review

The 3 Crowns review

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LFW Day 5

LFW Day 5

Tom Ford’s show on Monday night left us with a bit of an LFW hangover. Was I the only one who stomped to the office on Tuesday with ‘Addicted To Love’ playing over in my head? Monday was a sexless day at LFW: Burberry’s girl didn’t know what sex was; Issa’s wouldn’t dare speak about...
LFW Day 4

LFW Day 4

We knew when Kate Moss arrived with Cara Delevingne to sit front row that this Burberry Prorsum show would be different, Miss Delevingne having walked each of the last seven seasons’ shows at LFW. Burberry and Dolce & Gabbana’s – more than any other’s – menswear runways give us more than a teaser and remove...
GRAND PIANO - Review

GRAND PIANO – Review

You wouldn’t need to be a film critic to sense the level of Hitchcockian nostalgia oozing off the screen since the opening credits of Grand Piano. The score in itself has such a Hermann-esque feel to it that the homage is practically impossible to ignore. And that’s what Grand Piano unapologetically is: a ridiculously entertaining,...
The Order of Never Hide

The Order of Never Hide

Legendary sunglasses brand Ray-Ban have launched a new secret society dubbed the Order of Never Hide. The order challenges you to complete a series of five challenges; once all of the 5 challenges are complete you will be entered into a prize draw to win a 4 star trip to London, to attend the Order...
Magic In The Moonlight - Review

Magic In The Moonlight – Review

Woody Allen is surely the most confident and relaxed filmmaker working today. The prolific output and light touch of his recent cinematic Grand Tour puts him in an enviable position, but perhaps one that’s growing a little too comfortable. Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Midnight in Paris, To Rome with Love and now a little taste of...
LFW Day 3

LFW Day 3

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New Music : The Cheap Thrills

New Music : The Cheap Thrills

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Whistles Menswear AW14

Whistles Menswear AW14

Elegant roll neck jumpers crafted in soft mohair wool, a cashmere take on the classic tracksuit and supple leather bikers with shearling linings. Whistles menswear collection, welcome to the stage. Introducing a pared-down, minimalist and habitually chic collection for AW14, Whistles looks set to establish a reputation as highly regarded as its womenswear offerings. Placing...
LFW Day 1 & 2

LFW Day 1 & 2

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The BP Portrait Awards - Last chance to see

The BP Portrait Awards – Last chance to see

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New Music: Chassol

New Music: Chassol

French musician/composer and performer Christophe Chassol finds his latest muse in the form of Indian-influenced music, forming the shapes in his latest endeavour ‘Indiamore‘. Inspired by both his early years of listening to Shakti, Ravi Shankar & John McLaughlin, and his own journey to India where much of the album was recorded, Chassol presents a...
PRIDE: an afternoon with (part of) the cast

PRIDE: an afternoon with (part of) the cast

Today’s the day! Pride finally opens in UK cinemas and it’s time all of you witness first hand the magic of the film I’ve been raving about all week in my review and my interview with the filmmakers. This wonderful ensemble drama is based on the true story of an unlikely solidarity between a group...
Bruegel to Freud:  Prints from The Courtauld Gallery

Bruegel to Freud: Prints from The Courtauld Gallery

  The Courtauld Gallery has an expansive collection of over 24,000 prints dating back as early as the fifteenth century, so as you might expect, the comparatively minuscule selection of gems shown here in the Bruegel to Freud exhibition are some of the most exquisite prints in existence today. The show spans a variety of...
New Music - Sway Clarke II

New Music – Sway Clarke II

It’s not hard to compare Sway Clarke II to the likes of Bruno Mars or Frank Ocean, the vocal similarities are immediately apparent from the opening line of his debut single ‘Secret Garden’ (released on September 9th) with the sickly sweet, warm vocals trickling forth and riding on the wave of the laconic beat. Like Ocean,...
THE BOXTROLLS - Review

THE BOXTROLLS – Review

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PRIDE: a chat with the filmmakers

PRIDE: a chat with the filmmakers

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