Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Film review: The Last Days On Mars (15)

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The Last Days On Mars
(15) 98mins
★★★✩✩

Darwin On Mars. Now that's a movie I'd pay to see. The bushy beard crammed into a helmet. The plus fours dusted with red loam.

Spiral Notebook: The joy of Lutfur Rahman, direct to your living room

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COMMENT
By Giles Broadbent

For those who observe Tower Hamlets Council closely or - for health and safety reasons - at arm's length, Monday's Panorama would have contained just the one shock amid the welter allegations of mismanagement, cronyism and self-promotion.

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Film review: Starred Up (18)

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Starred Up
(18) 106mins
★★★★✩

The process of de-humanising begins from the first frame. Eric (Jack O'Connell) is moved like a pawn, treated like a loon and reduced to a series of louse-ridden tick boxes.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Dance review: Shadowland, Peacock Theatre

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DANCE
Shadowland
Peacock Theatre
★★★★✩

At the end of Shadowland, by way of an encore, the flexible folk of US-based Pilobolus said thanks - more accurately "cheers" - to the London crowd with a YouTube friendly silhouette romp depicting their journey across the pond.

Friday, 14 March 2014

Film review: Need For Speed (12A)

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Need For Speed
(12A) 130mins
★★★✩✩

How long will it be, I wonder, before the star of this game-to-screen howler loses his prefix?

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Film review: The Grand Budapest Hotel (15)

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The Grand Budapest Hotel
(15) 100mins
★★★★✩

Director Wes Anderson often creates films that inspire admiration rather than love. They are products of the intellect, not unruly effusions of the heart.

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Spiral Notebook: The arrogance of now

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COMMENT
By Giles Broadbent

It is staggering to modern eyes that the Paedophile Information Exchange should have found any currency at all, let alone the championing voice of an authoritative body such as the National Council of Civil Liberties in the '70s.

Friday, 28 February 2014

Spiral Notebook: Driving the getaway-with-it car

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COMMENT
By Giles Broadbent

I try to limit how often I pick apart Mayor Lutfur Rahman's empty rhetoric, partly because it's a full-time job and partly because it wearies the soul.

However, an occasional example suffices to cover the whole.

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Film review: Non-Stop (12A)

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Non-Stop
(12A) 106mins
★★★★✩

Amid the airport warnings about gels, baby milk and sharp objects, there should be a 6ft 5in silhouette of wounded bear Liam Neeson. You simply don't want to be sharing cabin class with this gravity-stricken trouble magnet.

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Spiral Notebook: Nothing lasts forever

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COMMENT
By Giles Broadbent

I met a man the other day who made history. Or at least extended its boundaries.

Dr Nick Ashton of the British Museum was one of the team who identified small indentations in slab of sedimentary rock as footprints and in doing so set a new marker on this country's ancient history.