Arts

Trump vs Biden, Peterson vs Mishra — American culture is going the way of WWF

March 26, 2018 8:43 pm

Americans breathed a sigh of disappointment last week when the promised super-heavyweight bout between Joe Biden and Donald Trump stalled…

The vlogging fantasy that bewitches children

March 24, 2018 10:24 pm

My friend’s ten-year-old daughter has a new hobby. Like many of her school pals, she hopes to become a video…

I’d rather be fat-shamed than have cancer

March 24, 2018 8:54 am

Sofie Hagen is a young Danish comic I admire. I didn’t see her most recent show, Dead Baby Frog, but…

Big data wants your vote

March 24, 2018 8:48 am

From the outside it all looked haphazard and frenzied. A campaign that was skidding from scandal to crisis on its…

Seven Days in Entebbe and the nostalgia for 1970s terrorism

March 17, 2018 7:56 am

It was only Seven Days in Entebbe, but it felt like an eternity. The rescue in July 1976 by Israeli…

California is the unexpected antidote to censorious liberalism

March 15, 2018 5:28 pm

If I needed a safe space, I would nominate California. Against most odds this seedbed of censorious liberalism has thrown…

The subtly savage world of filmmaker Ruben Ostlund

March 15, 2018 11:57 am

There is a culty YouTube video shot three years ago on the laptop camera of Ruben Ostlund. It shows the…

stormy daniels affair

The Stormy Daniels affair is a storm in a DDD cup

March 13, 2018 12:03 am

The story of the president and the porn star has been, in the last week, a fast-moving one

You can’t stop the Zombie baby boomers of Rolling Stone

March 10, 2018 2:00 pm

We were so close to getting rid of Jann Wenner. When his 51 per cent stake in Rolling Stone was…

The course of American empire

March 10, 2018 7:44 am

These days, the political climes of the United States are deeply unhappy. The weather, as if endorsing the pathetic fallacy…

Bring back our bitchy celebs!

March 9, 2018 2:51 pm

You would have to be quite odd not to approve of the sudden surge of solidarity amongst Hollywood stars of…

Hammer horror

March 8, 2018 9:00 am

You Were Never Really Here is a fourth feature from Lynne Ramsay (Ratcatcher, Morvern Callar, We Need to Talk About…

How Hollywood lost its shine

March 7, 2018 8:40 pm

Reading the lip-smacking reports of the latest troubled celebrity relationships  (Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux definitely high and dry, Cheryl…

The statue-topplers know not what they do

March 6, 2018 9:20 pm

Ah, this will be about empire. So I thought when I saw that the small city of Arcata, California, has…

Meghan Marxist!

March 5, 2018 2:30 pm

The wedding of Meghan Markle to Prince Harry has no precedent in the history of the Royal family. How will…

The 2018 Oscars were indulgent, overlong, and weirdly amateurish — again

March 5, 2018 7:42 am

It was always going to be difficult for this year’s Oscars to balance politics and entertainment, the sweeping declaration with…

Oscars 2018: and the winners are…

March 3, 2018 12:00 pm

Tomorrow night, TV viewers will take to their couches for a night of Hollywood glamour, razzmatazz and gross hypocrisy. A…

I, Tonya is not quite a gold-medal masterpiece

March 3, 2018 9:00 am

Films about the Winter Olympics don’t grow on conifers. Twenty-five years ago there was Cool Runnings about the Jamaican bobsleigh…

What Washington is really like

March 2, 2018 12:00 pm

A couple of months ago, I moved to the capital of the United States. I had one year of university…

Bruce on Broadway – and out of touch

February 27, 2018 1:53 pm

Bruce Springsteen promised that he was ‘Born To Run’, and now, like Judy Garland and Ethel Merman before him, he…

Coffee and cookies with Tonya Harding

February 26, 2018 8:08 pm

The film I, Tonya, has been well-received and is even up for an Oscar or two. I’m pleased about that…

All hail the free-thinking revolution

February 26, 2018 7:50 pm

In January, Channel 4’s Cathy Newman interviewed the Canadian academic Jordan Peterson. The channel broadcast a short version of the…

Children’s cinema is conservative – and brilliant

February 26, 2018 7:37 pm

The Oscars promise to be truly unbearable this year, with vomit-inducing levels of sanctimony followed by the usual gibberish from the…

A curious violence in America’s heart

February 22, 2018 4:30 pm

As a British woman, I love Americans’ kindness, generosity and energy but am often thrown by their exaggerated politeness and…

I liked Shape of Water well enough but Lady Bird is where it’s at

February 17, 2018 9:00 am

Lady Bird is a semi-autobiographical film written and directed by Greta Gerwig with a plot synopsis that need not detain…