Reviews

  • The Test (Theatre)
    Posted in: Drama & Theatre, Reviews

    If HAL the conscious computer from Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001: A Space Odyssey incarnated in a stage production, it would probably be similar to Mother. Mother (Zara Banks) is the world’s first fully conscious machine, created by A.I specialist Dora (Natasha Killam) under the moral supervision of The Professor (Zara Banks again). The Professor’s Christian […]

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

    Psychological thrillers are writer-director Darren Aronofsky’s cinematic fare but Mother! takes the genre to the next level. Although his 2010 movie Black Swan was hailed as the Mother of all psychological thrillers, you’ll soon discover Mother! is the Mother of the genre. Javier Bardem stars as an unnamed celebrated contemporary poet who lives with his […]

  • Casita Andina (Restaurant)
    Posted in: Food & Dining, Reviews

    PERUVIAN CULTURE has a bright and colourful element most obviously seen in their traditional costume but even their intricately decorated national dishes. The rain-swept London streets could certainly do with a touch of sunny Latin America. The Casita Andina on Great Windmill Street, Soho is not entirely swamped by gastronomical competitors hailing from this western […]

  • McQueen (Bar/Club)
    Posted in: Bars & Clubs, Reviews

    An award-winning cocktail bar in Shoreditch named after super cool 1960s and 70s American movie icon Steve McQueen, it’s going to be just as super cool, right? Pretty much. Well actually not just a bar – a grill restaurant and boutique nightclub as well with gold framed black and white photos of the King of […]

  • Frank Bowling: Fishes, Wishes in Summertime Blue (Exhibition)
    Posted in: Galleries & Museums, Reviews, Shows & Exhibitions

    FRANK BOWLING attended his exhibition at the Hales Gallery, Shoreditch proudly wearing his OBE medal as admiring attendees gathered around his wheelchair lining up for a handshake and a mobile phone pic. The honour was deservedly awarded for a distinguished career spanning five decades, which includes becoming an elected member of the Royal Academy in […]

  • The Limehouse Golem (Film)
    Posted in: Movies & TV Shows, Reviews

    The setting of grisly serial murders in the Victorian East End will immediately conjure up visions of cobbled streets, cockney accents and a Jack the Ripper type concealing his crimes in those crime-ridden, poverty-stricken backstreets. The Limehouse Golem is so much more than a Ripper copycat but describing lead character Elizabeth Cree (Olivia Cooke) as […]

  • The Odyssey (Theatre)
    Posted in: Drama & Theatre, Events & Festivals, Reviews

    THE LONDON BRIDGE CITY SUMMER FESTIVAL 2017 bring open air theatre to the capital by way of Ancient Greece, with the staging of The Odyssey at The Scoop. Production company Gods and Monsters stage Homer’s epic for a month at this sunken ampitheatre along the River Thames, the proximity to the river a perfect setting […]

  • The Rake (Pub)
    Posted in: Bars & Clubs, Reviews

    (Below) One of the many tweets flashing on a screen in The Rake Pub in Borough Market, which recently made news headlines for serving the most expensive beers in the UK. The same screen lists the selection of 14 specialist beers, which will have you remortgaging your house by the end of the evening. The […]

  • Dreamers Awake
    Posted in: Galleries & Museums, Reviews, Shows & Exhibitions

    Exactly a hundred years after French poet Guillaume Apollinaire invented the term surrealism, The White Cube’s latest exhibition Dreamers Awake explores this art movement through the work of fifty female artists. Fellow Frenchman Andre Breton is credited with kick starting the revolution but today it has influenced the work of many artists, some of whom […]

  • Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (Film)
    Posted in: Movies & TV Shows, Reviews

    Set in the 28th century, Luc Besson’s fast-paced sci-fi spectacular casts Cara Delevigne (Sergeant Laureline) alongside Dane DeHaan (Major Valerian) as special operatives policing human territories in a multi-species universe. Right there it has an undoubted curiousity factor. Can she act? Surprising well. Natural, a calm authority, perfect American accent and (this is no lie) […]