Reviews

  • Exit from Aden: New Works by ALO (Exhibition)
    Posted in: Galleries & Museums, Reviews

    Three years after his Hail to the Loser debut show at the Saatchi, Italian artist ALO returns bearing the fruits of an urban expressionist style developed from street art and studio work. Now based in London since 2011, this journey also took him to Paris where, no doubt, the inspiration for A French Gypsy Lady […]

  • The Yacht London (Restaurant)
    Posted in: Food & Dining, Reviews

    With the first few weeks of spring and the midday sun making even the Thames sparkle, river restaurants will have that seasonal pull on London diners and tourists alike. The Yacht London, a 1927 luxury steamship yacht, has retained its elegant, deco charm despite the recent £1million makeover that is immediately noticeable as you approach […]

  • A Cure For Wellness (Film)
    Posted in: Movies & TV Shows, Reviews

    It’s certainly one of the strangest films you’ll see this year and will make you think twice about booking a weekend spa getaway at a stately gothic retreat in the Swiss Alps (as you do!). This genre-bridging sci-fi, psychological thriller-horror will also have you scratching your head long after you exit the cinema and fill […]

  • The Importance of Being Earnest (Theatre)
    Posted in: Drama & Theatre, Reviews

    The original title of this Oscar Wilde play was The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy For Serious People. Wilde added the extra as if concerned we might miss the point. Don’t worry Oscar ‘we get it! And it’s heartening how the comedy elements have passed the test of time, perhaps because of ‘serious’ […]

  • Fifty Shades Darker (Film)
    Posted in: Movies & TV Shows, Reviews

    In the second instalment of Fifty Shades billionaire Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) wins back sexual soulmate Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) by suggesting new and improved terms for their ‘arrangement’. It all sounds very contractual but there is nothing business-like about round 2 of their relationship, with both showing early signs of a desire for deeper […]

  • Icons of Hip Hop (Exhibition)
    Posted in: Reviews, Shows & Exhibitions

    BoxPark in Shoreditch is increasingly making a name as the place to be for buzz gigs, pop up art exhibitions and all manner of in-store creative cool. The Icons of Hip Hop exhibition by photographer Eddie Otchere is one such urban gem, documenting as it does, his experience snapping rap royalty throughout the decades. These […]

  • Doctor Faustus (Theatre)
    Posted in: Drama & Theatre, Reviews

    Most are familiar with Christopher Marlowe’s play and the seven deadly sins which haunt Doctor Faustus in this Elizabethan tragedy. Few may be aware that Faustus is described in the traditional Chorus as being from ‘base stock’ yet ambitious enough to become a physician and professor of divinity at Wittenberg University. Even then his undeniable […]

  • ZIGZAG: Ecriture 1983 – 1992 (Exhibition)
    Posted in: Galleries & Museums, Reviews

    When art critic John Ruskin once saw an exhibition of American artist Whistler’s abstract paintings at the Grosvenor Gallery in 1877 he so disliked the work he accused him of ‘flinging a pot of paint in the face of the public’. And if that paint were Dulux household white and you accidentally stepped in it, […]

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