UK Review

London Film Festival 2014 Round-up: Décor, Night Bus and The Immortalists.

Peter Yeung | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Peter Yeung

The 58th London Film Festival brought us a plethora of début gems and world premières, exploring the ebbs and flows of life. Here we take a look at some of the lesser-known highlights, and the fresh perspectives that they offer.

The Babadook (Film Review)

Chris Saunders | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Chris Saunders

This could be the biggest revelation in Australian horror since... well, ever. One of those rare films that burrows under your skin and leaves an impression for a long time after the credits roll, it has been generating overwhelmingly positive critical reviews since its worldwide debut at the Sundance Film Festival where it won Best Actor, Actress, Screenplay and Feature.

'Urinetown' Delivers Toilet Humour

Richard Brownlie-Marshall | Posted 30.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Richard Brownlie-Marshall

At the beginning of Urinetown, you are told that this isn't your typical musical, and they're not kidding. After a three year run on Broadway, this unconventional toilet-based musical has arrived at the Apollo theatre; bringing it's host of odd characters and even odder storyline along with it.

'Damn Yankees' Hit it Out of the Park

Richard Brownlie-Marshall | Posted 09.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Richard Brownlie-Marshall

If you go down to Clapham North today, you're sure of a big surprise: in the form of multi Tony award winning musical, Damn Yankees. A show packed full of certifiable Broadway classics including "Whatever Lola Wants", "Heart" and "Six Months Out of Every Year".

A Most Wanted Man - The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 23.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

Before the halfway mark, I considered leaving A Most Wanted Man, Anton Corbijn's tortuous, leaden, almost event-free version of John le Carre's novel. But no, I thought.

'The Hundred-Foot Journey': A Review

Carina Maggar | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Carina Maggar

The Hundred-Foot Journey is a wonderful film, and a treat for both your tummy and your eyes. Produced by the screen gods that are Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey, it was never going to be a disaster.

The X Factor 2014 Audition Show Six

Dean Midas Maynard | Posted 15.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Dean Midas Maynard

Essex finally landed tonight in the shape of Lottie Lou, thankfully for all our ears, it didn't last long. The same applied to Carly Cunningham. Deary, deary me, where is the talent? This was painful and crowd made themselves heard.

Wingman Lands at Soho Theatre

Richard Brownlie-Marshall | Posted 09.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Richard Brownlie-Marshall

Wingman explores the relationship between father and son, in a two-man show laced with warmth, awkwardness and wit.

'Guardians of the Galaxy' Review

Mark Varley | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Mark Varley

Visually, Guardians of the Galaxy is a stunner. Colours positively burst from the screen as if from a Pixar movie. The rather saturated Captain America Winter Soldier is positively bland and lifeless compared to the astonishingly vibrant world brought to life in Guardians.

Dessa Rose, Trafalgar Studios, London

David Brownlie-Marshall | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
David Brownlie-Marshall

The story of Dessa (Cynthia Erivo) a young black girl who is pregnant with a fellow slave and is also accused of murder, runs parallel to that of Ruth (Cassidy Janson), a young white mother who has been left in sole charge of a plantation following an unfulfilling marriage.

Great British Bake Off 2014 Episode Blog - Week 1

Joe Rivers | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Joe Rivers

It's back! People kneeling next to ovens! Thinly veiled baking innuendo! Mary Berry going mad for any cake with a hint of alcohol in! Paul Hollywood's eyes staring through you into the depths of your very soul!

Tea Time Is Bubbling Up in London

Richard Brownlie-Marshall | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Richard Brownlie-Marshall

First thing I have to say, is that the interior and branding is really wonderfully executed, with a very cool vibe, and going a different direction than many of the bubble tea stores. The light grey walls are accented by lovely shades of green, blue, pink and yellow.

Guardians of the Galaxy - The Review

Roger Crow | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

A fun, action packed, occasionally moving, occasionally filthy live action comic book fantasy. The cast is terrific, Chris Pratt is perfect as the heroic Star Lord, while Zoe Saldana as sexy as ever as the green skinned Gamora.

Boyhood - A Review

Carina Maggar | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Carina Maggar

Filming for Boyhood began when Coltrane was just six years old and ended by the time he turned 18. Because of this, it's is an exceptionally unique observation of adolescence and the stresses and strains that we face growing up.

Oakley Review Shows Need for a Full Enquiry Into Benefit Sanctions

Nick Stephenson | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK Politics
Nick Stephenson

Leaving aside how horribly low UK benefit payments are, when people can have their income removed and be thrown into penury for missing a single meeting (regardless of the reason), for applying for 34 jobs in a week rather than 35, not to mention the fraudulent activities of some jobcentre staff, the value basis of the system has been subverted and justifies its abolition.

Utterly Bewitching: The Crucible, The Old Vic Review

Gabrielle Leimon | Posted 23.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Gabrielle Leimon

Yesterday I headed out to the theatre to see the wonderful Richard Armitage take on the audience at The Old Vic in an atmospheric and ambitious performance of Arthur Miller's 'The Crucible' on a balmy Wednesday afternoon to celebrate my anniversary.

REVIEW: Who Is Dayani Cristal?

George Washbourn | Posted 21.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
George Washbourn

The film succeeds in rendering a personal face to the so often aggrandised problem of immigration, but is undermined by the disjunctive fictional sub-narrative... the film is a real spectacle and a testament to the stark anthropic disassociation and dissemblance that occurs in migratory investigations.

Elvis Costello - Worth the Kew

Nigel Cannings | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Nigel Cannings

Blow me away, but there is not band. No Attractions, no Imposters, no touring band. Just Elvis Costello, 6 guitars, and a keyboard.

Wireless 2014 Review

Carina Maggar | Posted 06.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Carina Maggar

Cut to this year's Wireless in Finsbury Park, and it probably ranked lower than both my previous experiences. I went on the Friday and when I say it was bad, I mean emphasis on the B, A and D. Kanye West, Pharrell Williams and Iggy Azalea headlined (if you can call it that).

Black Sabbath Time: Ozzy in the Park

Will Stubbs | Posted 05.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Will Stubbs

What do you do with your World Cup buzz when England has been knocked out? You take it to Hyde Park to watch the royal oaks sway and Park Lane's billionaire windows get battered by downtuned guitars and drum fills exploding like a 21-gun salute. It's British Summer Time. Scratch that. It's Sabbath Day.

Wolfenstein: The New Order (Xbox One)

Curtis Moldrich | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Tech
Curtis Moldrich

Wolfenstein is a name that conjures up memories for many seasoned gamers. One of the first games to truly nail the FPS genre, Wolfenstein's gave gamers their first taste of a modern shooter. Pacing through corridors with sweaty palms, Wolfenstein evoked feelings that many gamers now take for granted.

Looking Back at Forza Motorsport 5 (Xbox One)

Curtis Moldrich | Posted 17.08.2014 | UK Tech
Curtis Moldrich

Driving sims used to be so simple. Games presented you with a unthinkable amount of cars, free to race around as many ribbons of tarmac the compact disc could fit. Some of the best racing games to ever appear on consoles followed this simple rule, from TOCA 2, to Gran Turismo and Formula 97 - still probably the best Formula 1 game ever made.

Review: Parklife Weekender 2014 - Snoop Dogg, Foals, Bastille and More Bring Sunshine to Manchester

Collette Walsh | Posted 09.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Collette Walsh

The Parklife Weekender is now officially a HUGE festival - taking over practically most of Heaton Park (one of the largest municipal parks in Europe) and attracting bigger and better names each year.

Making Fierce Conversations Count - In Business and in Life

Colin Hunter | Posted 02.08.2014 | UK
Colin Hunter

Continuing the theme of last month's interview with Tim Brown, I have once again re-visited my shelf of inspirational leadership books. This month, Ha...

Friends, Fame and Flânerie in Paris: Edmund White's 'Inside a Pearl'

Nauman Khalid | Posted 26.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Nauman Khalid

The best way of describing Inside a Pearl, his latest offering, is as a work of comparative cultural anthropology in which White recounts his sixteen years in Paris and compares and contrasts the French and American ways of living.