UK Review

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.

Avenue Q - A Review

Carina Maggar | Posted 10.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Carina Maggar

Avenue Q is hilarious. From beginning to end I probably laughed every couple of minutes. You know how usually in musicals there's a song or two that are sort of rubbish, or total time-wasters?

Things I Noticed About New York

Carina Maggar | Posted 10.07.2014 | UK Comedy
Carina Maggar

I went to New York for a few days this week. Here are some things I noticed...

Britain's Got Talent 2014 Audition Show Four

Dean Midas Maynard | Posted 03.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Dean Midas Maynard

The first act tonight was Patsy May, a glamourous puppet who was born (made) in England, but now lives in New York. This is what this show is all about. A fun, lighthearted and throughly entertaining five minutes. Patsy I'm a fan, a huge fan. 

Film Review - Next Goal Wins and In Bloom

Clive Botting | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Clive Botting

Shout to the heavens and celebrate, it's part and parcel of the sporting life but when it's a world record defeat American Samoa 0 - Australia 31 and you're officially the worst football team in the world without one competitive win !! Do you laugh or cry? Can't be true. But it is.

Lost for Words by Edward St Aubyn: Book Review

Hannah Beckerman | Posted 28.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Hannah Beckerman

It would be a mistake to assume that Lost for Words is simply a novel about book prizes. It's a novel about literature: about how we appraise it, what we value in it and who we choose to guide us in what we read.

Film Review - The Double

Clive Botting | Posted 05.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Clive Botting

'The Double' is absurdist, timeless, Kafkaesque, sad, funny and weird, eccentric and visually captivating.

The Cure at the Royal Albert Hall for Teenage Cancer Trust? It Really Was Just Like Heaven

Robyn Strachan | Posted 01.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Robyn Strachan

It seems an impossible feat to capture with mere words a performance as stellar as that of The Cure last Saturday (and I can imagine, that of the first gig on Friday), so strong and pronounced was its identity and drive.

Labor Day (REVIEW)

Alice Charles | Posted 21.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Alice Charles

After reading Walter Kirn's superb book and seeing what a hash Reitman made of that, my expectations for Labor Day were low - and I was not disappointed. Here again, Reitman writes and directs; I hope he never repeats the experience, if this is anything to go by.

SXSW 14: A Virgin's Guide Part Two

Stewart Brock | Posted 17.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Stewart Brock

For the first part of our SXSW blog click here. Better late than never. I started this on Friday night and finished it on Saturday afternoon. We've b...

Film Review: Non- Stop

Carina Maggar | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Carina Maggar

Non-Stop is a hybrid of Flight Plan, meets Red Eye, meets Snakes on a Plane, and it isn't nearly as good as any of those. As usual, Liam Neeson takes on the role of a troubled man who drinks far too much and has a constant pained look on his face (similar to that of constipation I'd say).

Svengali - Film Review

Clive Botting | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Clive Botting

Dixie (Jonny Owen), a postman from South Wales is a music fanatic and dreams of discovering the best band of all time and then one day, trawling through YouTube, he finds 'The Premature Congratulations'. This will be Dixie's dream come true.

Day 72: Barre Fit

Paula Yau | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Paula Yau

This class is a solid ballet barre class but the best part of it is that the price is a fraction of many, if not most, other ballet barre classes. Not to mention that you have the added variety of many other classes at the same place. Perhaps just leave the thai boxing for a separate day.

Why The Grand Budapest Hotel Was Only a Three Star Movie

Rob Leane | Posted 11.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Rob Leane

Although I know I'm in the minority, I felt that this film needed more gags, better use of supporting characters and less slow-moving hanging around. I couldn't help feeling like Anderson must have been told one too many times that he was a genius, and decided to just follow his instincts rather than filmmaking logic as a result...

Samsung Galaxy S5 Reviews Are Positive, But Is It Innovative Enough?

Rory Reid | Posted 10.05.2014 | UK Tech
Rory Reid

Don't get me wrong, the S5 is a good phone, but so was the S4 and S3 before it. Ultimately, Samsung's new flagship is symptomatic of an industry that seems to have plateaued and is now churning out evolutionary rather than revolutionary updates to increasingly jaded consumers.

Theatre Review: The One, Soho Theatre

Victoria Sadler | Posted 29.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

On the face of it, an evening watching a play on the deterioration of a relationship from discontent to abuse might not seem desirable. But when the talent behind it is one of the country's finest up and coming theatre companies, then it most definitely is.

Warpaint - Live Review

Raj Bains | Posted 23.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Raj Bains

Here's the thing though: all of the awkwardness, the distance, the coldness and initial confusion goes out of the window the second they start playing. With a rhythm section that possesses you from the waist down with all of the force of an old Motown outfit, you can't help but be mesmerised by the musicianship on show.

Why the London Underground Sucks

Carina Maggar | Posted 21.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Carina Maggar

The London Underground. It's dusty, it's grimy and it's full of people's body odours that I care not to sample. If i wanted your armpit shoved up against my chin, i'd be in a relationship with you. Then there are the breed of people who think it's acceptable to eat curries/pasties/burgers in such a confined place. This was my horrific experience recently:

Film Review - Lone Survivor

Mark Varley | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Mark Varley

Set during the war in Afghanistan, Lone Survivor charts the failed United States Navy SEALs mission Operation Red Wings. Four Navy Seals are sent on a covert mission to neutralise a high ranking Taliban operative.

Brian Westby: A Review

Will Bordell | Posted 20.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Will Bordell

It's a good job Forrest Reid didn't write to be famous. Almost seventy years after his death, his novels gather dust in libraries: unthumbed and unadmired. Highly thought of by friends like E.M. Forster and Walter de la Mare during his lifetime, the Ulster writer has since fallen into obscurity. Until now, that is.

Cheap Eats in Dublin: Pitt Bros vs Bison Bar

Peter McGuire | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Peter McGuire

Both Bison and Pitt Bros serve pulled pork, brisket, sausage, ribs and chicken. In both places, each main comes with two sides, but Pitt Bros has slightly more choice of sides. Prices are the same, although extra sides in Pitt Bros are €3.50 compared to €3.95 in Bison.

Theatre Review: Tom Hiddleston Commands as Coriolanus

Victoria Sadler | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

The Donmar's production of Shakespeare's Coriolanus is a vivid, dramatic production that brings out all the blood, bravery and heartbreak in this tragedy. And its leading man steals the show with a remarkable performance.

Fact and Fiction: The Princes in the Tower

Amy Licence | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Amy Licence

The reign of Richard III provides the historian with an endless minefield of possibilities. From his loyal service to the house of York, through the dramatic events of 1483, which saw the executions of his family and allies, the removal of his nephew from the throne and his own coronation, events will continue to divide those who remain fascinated by this enigma of a man.

Book Review - A Meal in Winter

Lucy Popescu | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Lucy Popescu

Before "The Final Solution" around two million Jews were shot and buried in mass graves in Nazi-occupied Poland. The extent of popular anti-Semitism in Poland during World War II continues to be debated today. Both form the backdrop to Hubert Mingarelli's masterful novella.

Made in Chelsea Series Six Episode Eight

Francesca Newman-Young | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Francesca Newman-Young

For those of you who watched this week's episode, you'll know that I went on a date with the youngest of the Thompson clan, Sam Thompson. The feedback from Twitter suggested that most of you sympathised with the awkwardness of the situation. A lot of you were in a clear amount of pain watching it.