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Mandelbrot the Magnificent (Book)
Posted in: Books, Reviews

Author Liz Ziemska describes herself as a ‘writer of slightly strange fiction’ and her latest book, steeped in the wonders of complex mathematics and the snatched innocence of childhood, holds true to this. Set in a Jewish community in Warsaw, Poland, six-year-old Benoit lives a comfortable life with his dentist mother, tailor father and younger […]

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Movies & TV Shows

  • It Comes at Night (Film)
    Posted in: Movies & TV Shows, Reviews

    OK, this zombie virus movie is not strictly horror and may have been given a horror title just to pull in the punters but it is still a class and a half above other 2017 releases in this genre. Its cheesy fright-flick title can work both ways and certainly put off those who abhor the […]

  • All Eyez on Me (Film)
    Posted in: Movies & TV Shows, Reviews

    This much-awaited biopic about hip-hop legend Tupac Shakur had already drawn criticism from current rap king 50 Cent within hours of its release. As with all matters where there’s such high expectancy it can be difficult to please all the Tupac fans. It’s a big ask, trying to capture the dramatic rise to fame, controversy, […]

  • The Duce’s Boxer (Film)
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    On June 14th The Italian Cultural Institute in Belgravia hosted a screening of this documentary about a little known black Italian boxer called Leone Jacovacci who lived for a while in London, adopting the English name John Douglas Walker while he pursued his fighting career. He actually first started to box in the British Army […]

  • Wonder Woman (Film)
    Posted in: Movies & TV Shows, Reviews

    MANY FANS of the cult 1970s Wonder Woman series were praying against a remake that would harm the pristine memory of former Miss World USA Lynda Carter. In reality, the 2017 version would face little competition in the stunt and special effects departments. Dealing with the Carter-effect is another matter. The most effective way to […]

  • Colossal (Film)
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    If you’ve ever wondered what else is left for monster movies when we’ve seen King Kong stomping through New York and Godzilla upending Japan, well the genre of the gigantic is turned on its head by a clever and darkly comical film called Colossal. It circumnavigates the blockbuster expectations of fifty-foot aliens, gorillas and lizards […]

  • Alien Covenant (Film)
    Posted in: Movies & TV Shows, Reviews

    Paradoxically, the only problem with Alien Covenant is it’s a return to the great and familiar form of Ridley Scott’s successful Alien franchise. The departure from the philosophical conversations about the origins of mankind set in the Alien prequel Prometheus is to some degree an easier way out if you can revert to that taut, […]

  • Diverge (Film)
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    Sci-Fi London 2017 comes to Stratford Picturehouse with some five-star short and feature film debuts. Star Wars: Rogue One director Gareth Edwards got his break there in 2008, winning their 48-hour film competition with his ‘Factory Farmed’ short which had Hollywood knocking at his door. Rest assured, his position as director heir-apparent of sci-fi blockbusters […]

  • The Independent Filmmakers Ball
    The Independent Filmmakers Ball
    Posted in: Bars & Clubs, Highlights, Movies & TV Shows, People

    Cafe De Paris, Leicester Square was the place to be for the Raindance Film Festival Independent Filmmakers Ball. It was gathering of film directors, producers, screenwriters actors and the like, suited and booted and in celebratory mood. A 30s style jazz and swing band kept them entertained.

  • Raw (Film)
    Posted in: Movies & TV Shows, Reviews

    Never mind the subtitles, this French-Belgian horror-thriller has given the Anglo-American dominance of the genre a welcome shot in the arm. Starring Garance Marillier as Justine a coming of age veterinary student from a strict vegetarian family, the meat issue is never far from the surface and you soon come to realise meat is definitely […]