Highlights

Is The UK Too London-centric?
Posted in: Editorial, Highlights

Food shortages, supply chain issues, all these current problems trace back to the UK government’s handling of Brexit and the pandemic. There are some who say this was inevitable given the impact and the untimely confluence of the two during 2020-21. However, politicians such as Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham believe that London-centric policies and […]

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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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movie

  • La Llorona, Guatemalan movie, Jayro Bustamente
    La Llorona (Film review)
    Posted in: Movies & TV Shows, Reviews

    The title translates as ‘weeping woman’ which may well be a metaphor for a weeping nation in Guatemalan director Jayro Bustamante’s haunting political drama which captures the trial of an ageing General Enrique Monteverde (Julio Diaz) accused of genocide. There are parallels with Guatemalan dictator José Efraín Rios Montt, who went from general to absolute […]

  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer (Film)
    Posted in: Movies & TV Shows, Reviews

    Yorgos Lanthimos, director of surreal 2015 feature Lobster, has a track record that suggests he doesn’t do mainstream movies and didn’t disappoint with the edgy, off-key The Killing of a Sacred Deer. Starring Colin Farrell as cardiovascular surgeon Steven Murphy and Nicole Kidman his ophthalmologist wife, the couple’s idyllic suburban life gets a chilling wake […]

  • 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, […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]