Arts

animal crossing

Why do they call it a game? It is servitude: Nintendo Switch’s Animal Crossing reviewed

May 21, 2020 2:15 pm

Lynn Barber isn’t sure she’s cut out to be The Spectator’s new gaming correspondent

clarence thomas

The Clarence Thomas documentary is a must-see

May 21, 2020 1:07 pm

If you are already an admirer of Justice Thomas, you are going to enjoy spending time with him

Call Her Daddy hosts Alexandra Cooper and Sofia Franklyn (Barstool Sports)
porch

The renaissance of the porch

May 17, 2020 12:28 pm

You could not ask for a more perfect COVID cloister

david copperfield

The similarity between Charles Dickens and Armando Iannucci

May 15, 2020 1:46 pm

The director's new work, The Personal History of David Copperfield, is certainly brave

vertigo

Why does anyone still praise Vertigo and its creepy, wonky plot?

May 14, 2020 5:31 pm

Hitchcock’s thriller is hailed as the greatest film of all time, but its plot is full of holes and it’s creepy, and not in a good way

beastie boys

Joyous and very, very funny: Beastie Boys Story reviewed

May 14, 2020 4:59 pm

I came away wishing the Beastie Boys were my friends, and feeling glad they still care for each other

caliphate

Netflix’s Caliphate is all too frighteningly plausible

May 14, 2020 4:48 pm

To try to save herself and her baby, Pervin has to spy on her husband’s Isis terror cell

anton bruckner

The best recordings of Bruckner’s Eighth, the greatest symphony

May 14, 2020 4:17 pm

Some of the old-timers who you might expect to be in tune with Bruckner’s Eighth now seem rather superficial, including Bruno Walter and Otto Klemperer

george formby british

Did George Formby and Gracie Fields really help Britain out of the Depression?

May 14, 2020 3:13 pm

Cheer Up! British Musical Films, 1929-1945 by Adrian Wright reviewed

salvant

Salvant grace

May 13, 2020 5:38 pm

Cécile McLorin Salvant’s shock of the new

marjane satrapi

Difficult women

May 11, 2020 5:15 pm

Marjane Satrapi, the author-director of Persepolis, tells Sarah Ditum about her Marie Curie biopic, exile from Iran and fears for the future of democracy

dave rubin

Did Dave Rubin steal the only good idea in his book?

May 8, 2020 6:18 pm

‘I’m writing my book too and I’m not gonna steal “factory settings” obviously...’

sopranos podcasts

The unstoppable rise of television-rewatch podcasts

May 7, 2020 8:18 pm

There are some genuinely bruising — and suitably profane — allegations against Robert De Niro

tom stoppard

Tom Stoppard in isolation

May 6, 2020 2:48 pm

If it were not for the terrors surrounding us, this is the life I’ve always wanted — social distancing without social disapproval

scriptnotes

The importance of sadism in writing a great screenplay

April 30, 2020 7:39 pm

Incitement to child murder aside, Scriptnotes is pleasantly technical

livestream

Livestream-hopping is just as irritating as being at a real festival

April 30, 2020 7:26 pm

Recreating the feel of a festival from your sofa — complete with terrible sightlines and not enough actual music — is disconcertingly easy

unorthodox

Unorthodox is superbly convincing

April 30, 2020 7:06 pm

The marital relations adviser provides a packet of dildos arranged, like spanners, in ascending size order

peckinpah classic cinema

What can we learn about coronavirus from classic cinema?

April 29, 2020 4:06 pm

My Sam Peckinpah lockdown bender

arts pages

From Middlemarch to Mickey Mouse: a short history of The Spectator’s books and arts pages

April 24, 2020 5:39 pm

The magazine has spent 10,000 issues identifying the dominant cultural phenomena of the day and being difficult about them

helen mirren spectator

How The Spectator discovered Helen Mirren

April 24, 2020 5:37 pm

From Enoch Powell to Danny La Rue: Hilary Spurling remembers how she was given free rein when she took over the arts and books pages in the 1960s

graham greene

How Graham Greene earned The Spectator a place in cinematic history

April 24, 2020 3:21 pm

The 400 film reviews he wrote for the magazine are full of sparkling observation

hud

Newman’s own

April 24, 2020 2:18 pm

A pink Cadillac in the Texas Panhandle

hockney

David Hockney’s splendid isolation

April 24, 2020 1:42 pm

The painter discusses life in rural Normandy, why the iPad is better than a brush and why he’s not a communist

bayreuth

Bayreuth, the greatest musical experience of his life

April 23, 2020 4:38 pm

The first performance of Parsifal at the 1962 Bayreuth Festival remains unforgettable, as some of my patient and weary friends will agree, having heard me fail to forget it