Part B

Arts and Culture reviews, previews, and comment pieces.

A Labour of Love

Humour, heart and soul in the battle for the heart and soul of the Labour party. James Graham’s latest offering to the West End stage is a triumph. Brought to life by a stellar cast including Tamsin Greig and Martin…

Their Mortal Remains: a journey through 50 years of Pink Floyd

The Victoria & Albert Museum takes us for a trip in the long story of Pink Floyd, chronologically ordered from the early days – their first album The Piper at the Gates of Dawn was released in 1967 – to The…

How Looper revolutionised mainstream, low-budget filmmaking

Looper was released just on the 28th of September 2012 marking its fifth-year anniversary. The Rian Johnson written and directed movie (he is also making the upcoming STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI) is set in a bleak, dark future in…

The National’s Magical Misery Tour

Matt Berninger, an instrument-less poet of a lead singer in the mould of Morrissey, with baritone vocals as distinctive, stumbles about the stage with a mixer in hand.  It isn’t his first. The National, comprised of drummer Bryan Devendorf, his…

Music as Voice: Unifying Divided Peoples

The relationship between music and politics makes a distinctive pattern for analysis. Both continue to play a crucial role in influencing and shaping societal issues, yet they are largely perceived as two birds flying in separate, distant directions. Nonetheless, they…

A disappointing season of “Games of Thrones”

2017: the year “Game of Thrones” ran out of dragon fire. Despite over one billion illegal streams the latest season of HBO’s Game of Thrones proved disappointing and underwhelming for even this self-proclaimed super-fan. Inevitably the story would contract as…

Villandry

Villandry is a French Mediterranean restaurant on Great Portland Street. In the medium price bracket, it offers a seasonal menu of light dishes with an emphasis on fish and meat. You can’t miss the large French awnings and vibrant window…

Ali Smith’s Brexit novel is an instant classic

I do not remember who it was that read just a handful of stories as a child, but read them all 40 to 50 times. Being dwelled upon is an honour that a lot of authors deserve, but do not…

“Big Little Lies”: troubling themes done well

Centred around the well-trodden topics of motherhood and relationships, HBO’s “Big Little Lies” proves a fascinating and addictive mini-series that all should make time to see. Its success can partly be attributed to its avoidance of archetypal characters too often…

An environmentalist watches the controversial “Mother!”

“Mother!”, directed by Darren Aronofsky, is set in one house and structured around Jennifer Lawrence’s character ‘Mother’, whose one task is to turn the place into a “paradise” while her poet husband (Javier Bardem) suffers from writer’s block. As more…

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