So I’m wandering around The Art of Pop at Fact, making notes into my iPhone, deconstructing the concepts, contextualising the cultural signifiers and generally being a twat. Then I stop, and decide to just bloody enjoy it. FACT’s Art of Pop is a head rush of an exhibition, throwing everything at the wall to see [...]
It’s no accident that the posters for the Tate’s first post-Biennial show features a cosy pair of gonads. They’re a statement of intent. You think, after the knotty machinations of the Biennial, that drawing has no balls? Think again. This is no palette cleanser of a show, a sorbet to soothe our furrowed brows after [...]
The long night always generates an electric artistic buzz in the pool of life.Venturing up the epic New York esque stairwell of the CURVE gallery, one hyper active guy rattled off the list of venues he’d visited like a culture addict, an arty smac rat yearning for more canvas and paint to score.Luke Beezley’s primal [...]
Acclaimed writer/director Leos Carax has returned after a 13 year hiatus with his latest feature Holy Motors, a mind-blowing journey that follows the story of one unusual man over one amazing day as he travels the city in a very special white limo. Oscar (Denis Lavant) is an employee of the mysterious Agency and a [...]
It’s not just wine, Mona Hatoum attests in Present Tense, soap has ‘terroir’ too. An authentic sense of place that’s as geographical as it is spiritual. Her carpet of olive oil soap cakes infuses the air with that sweet, musky smell of the Mediterranean. If home smells this good, you think, you’d lay down your [...]
There are a couple of spine-tingling moments in Treasured. Unfortunately, neither of them have anything to do with the script. Jen Heyes’ multimedia production, running at the Anglican Cathedral is a large-scale piece using projections, aerial acrobatics, live music and walk-through set-pieces. But its script – the theatrical rivets that should stitch Treasured together – [...]
Inspired by Percy Shelley’s poem Ozymandias, legendary writer and director Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris, Vicky Cristina Barcelona) coined the phrase ‘Ozymandias Melancholia’, to describe the melancholy notion that eventually, time kills everything. Regrettably, the phrase uttered by two characters in his latest film, To Rome with Love, could be used to describe the sadness [...]
A guided tour of Liverpool, some curious cross-city routes and lots of Landmark love. But what else did new Liverpool-based cop drama, Good Cop, offer? Klaus Joynson reviews.
All is not quite what it seems in The Imposter, the 2012 Miami Film Festival winner is a docudrama that will keep you guessing, with more twists and turns than Queens Drive. Vinny Lawrenson Woods is impressed.
Screwball crime caper, or gritty exploration of something altogether darker? Vinny Lawrenson-Woods reviews William Friedkin’s Killer Joe.
The Tate summer show is set to be one of the most successful in its history – with good reason: Turner Monet Twombly has ‘must see’ written all over it.
He has walked amongst us. But what is the first ever retrospective of the inimitable Rolf Harris actually like? We take a look…
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A cult classic in the making, Iron Sky throws it all at the screen to see if it sticks. Sort of, says Vinny Lawrenson Woods
Remember we were banging on about the Chemical Brothers’ live film ‘Don’t Think’, showing for one evening at FACT? Turns out it was a gob-smackingly amazing experience, as shown in the wobbly YouTube clip below. One punter, Nic Ryan, was so overwhelmed by the whole thing he sent in a sort of mini-review to us [...]
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