Taxi Protest shuts down Aldwych and Kingsway

Last Friday London taxi drivers brought Aldwych and Kingsway to a standstill in the fifth day of strike action in protest at Uber’s continued operation. Following Transport for London’s (TfL) decision to revoke Uber’s private hire operator license for 2018,…

Bergman Season at the BFI: Persona

The BFI are currently holding a “Bergman Season”, in which they screen films of the great Swedish director Ingmar Bergman. Under-25 tickets are £3, which is a bargain not to be missed. I managed to see one of Bergman’s most…

the art of old films

Old doesn’t mean the hard hitting box office slams of the 2000s or the love stories to the tune of Norah Jones albums from the 90s. It means black and white, shadows looming on walls, female protagonists delicately and dramatically…

Secrets of Netflix: “Creep” (2014)

Creep (2014), dir. Patrick Brice, starring: Mark Duplass and Patrick Brice Creep is maybe my favourite found-footage film of recent years, a genre that is much aligned by the supernatural (thanks, Blair Witch), and which, ironically, has failed to penetrate…

The week’s film news

WOODY ALLEN CONDEMNATIONS CONTINUE The list of Woody Allen’s former colleagues speaking out against him grew longer this week as Colin Firth announced he would never work with the veteran writer-director again. Timothée Chalamet and Rebecca Hall, stars of Allen’s…

My Non-Binary Diary: Coming Out (Again)

Written by anon So I just tried to come out (again) to my Mum. I say ‘tried’, in that her response was simply to tell me to “stop worrying”. How else to combat my dysphoria, than to simply forget it’s there?…

4. Game Theory: Dead Mice and Unreciprocated Oral Sex

Written by anon In the spirit of terrible movie trailers that give away every exciting part of the story, I’ve chosen to title my piece for maximum effect and the least subtlety. (But how are they related? The true mysteries still…

Someone Like You: How Big Should Big Data Get?

Deputy Features Editor Kyi Yeung Goh analyses the increasing role that ‘big data’ plays in public life, and the trade-off between certainty and free choice Living with uncertainty is often uncomfortable. It is no surprise then that we would invest…

“Three Billboards” is the social comedy-drama we’ve been waiting for

By Adam Solomons 5/5 — Almost to the day, ten years ago, Martin McDonagh’s breakthrough In Bruges screened for the first time at the Sundance Film Festival in snowy Colorado. In the decade since I don’t think there’s been a film…

Bye Bye Birdie

The magpie feels the chalk morning’s sun, and knows another day begun. Missing the refuge of the downy birch she glides between buses and billboards in search of a sunlit, solitary perch. Quite far from greenery and white-barked trees she…