Highlights

London film and Covid 19
London’s return as a post-pandemic film centre – Is this a Mission Impossible?
Posted in: Highlights, Movies & TV Shows

We examine Covid 19’s impact on London film and how taken-for-granted practices have changed in the face of the pandemic. What is the future for the capital’s actors, filmmakers, distributors, cinemas and festivals? Covid 19 and London film clashed Hollywood-style back in December 2020 when movie star Tom Cruise chastised his crew for breaking Covid […]

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Features

A Nordic Summer: Artist Denise Ballard-Wyllie’s Landscapes On Show In Finland
Posted in: Features, Galleries & Museums, Shows & Exhibitions

The Summer 2021 Möhkönvirta Contemporary Art Exhibition, Finland presents 19 artists from 5 different countries – 14 artists have produced work for the Biblio Nordic illustrated book project while London artist Denise Ballard-Wyllie is amongst the six invited visual artists outside the group. The work will be displayed in the Möhkö Ironworks Museum and its […]

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Reviews

Rooftop Dining: Coq d’Argent (Restaurant)
Posted in: Food & Dining, Reviews

The blazing British summer and Covid cautions make rooftop dining in the open air much more desirable. The Coq d’Argent in Bank is a French restaurant that is a class above the rest in that department. The summer weather will, no doubt, encourage British diners to try outdoor dining and help support the UK hospitality […]

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Cinema

  • London film and Covid 19
    London’s return as a post-pandemic film centre – Is this a Mission Impossible?
    Posted in: Highlights, Movies & TV Shows

    We examine Covid 19’s impact on London film and how taken-for-granted practices have changed in the face of the pandemic. What is the future for the capital’s actors, filmmakers, distributors, cinemas and festivals? Covid 19 and London film clashed Hollywood-style back in December 2020 when movie star Tom Cruise chastised his crew for breaking Covid […]

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

    “Your parents know I’m black don’t they?” asks Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) as girlfriend Rose (Allison Williams) prepares to take him to the lakeside estates of Upstate New York to meet the, on the face of it, middle-class liberal mum and dad. And so begins Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner horror style circa 2017. The characterisation […]

  • 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) […]

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

    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, […]

  • 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 […]

  • Five Cool Movies Set in London
    Posted in: Features, Movies & TV Shows

    With growing fears that Brexit will drive creativity from the heart of the capital here is a list of five memorable films that back up London’s position as one of the most sought after movie locations. An American Werewolf in London This 1981 horror movie directed by John Landis plays on American fears that it’s […]

  • The Hateful Eight
    The Hateful Eight
    Posted in: Movies & TV Shows, Reviews

    A film that feels more like a play than a film, but with the special effects plays could never feature. The sets are minimal, a carriage and the interior of a wooden frontier hut. Not many directors can hold an audience’s attention for three hours with dialogue and blood alone, yet not many filmmakers write […]

  • The Revenant
    The Revenant
    Posted in: Movies & TV Shows, Reviews

    Could 2016 be the year that Leonardo DiCaprio finally wins an Oscar? Anyone who has seen his latest, The Revenant, seems to think he stands a very strong chance. The Revenant, which translates roughly as someone who returns after death or a long absence, is DiCaprio’s first collaboration with notoriously-method director Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu, who […]

  • A Night In With Audrey Hepburn
    Posted in: Books, Highlights

    An invite to a weekend screening of Audrey Hepburn classic Breakfast at Tiffany’s at the Harper Collins offices proved a little too hard to resist for an unashamed fan like myself. Organised in conjunction with BFI Love Fest it was to promote Lucy Holliday’s novel A Night In With Audrey Hepburn and took place at […]