Arts

el greco

An old master who still feels new

March 2, 2020 1:28 pm

El Greco is at the Art Institute of Chicago. Can we trust the modernists on the gifts of ‘The Greek’?

portrait

Deeply romantic and wildly sexy

February 27, 2020 9:36 am

Portrait of a Lady on Fire reviewed

euphoria

The TV show that rots young minds

February 26, 2020 4:31 pm

Euphoria is doing for young people’s morality what British Bomber Command and the USAAF did for the architecture of Dresden

townshend who

Who is he?

February 26, 2020 3:39 pm

The guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend talks to Sam Leith about madness, sleep bubbles and his new novel

raphael

Urbino legend

February 26, 2020 12:58 pm

The chance of a lifetime for lovers of Raphael

washington

Washington returns history to the History Channel

February 24, 2020 8:01 pm

The foundingest father of them all

cyrus chestnut

Cyrus the Great

February 22, 2020 8:17 am

A night at Blues Alley with the mighty Chestnut

wells

Wells farrago: gaslighting the Invisible Man

February 21, 2020 11:38 am

Priapic shower-stalking and domestic haunting were never Wells’s style – not on the page, anyway

cats

Cats: The Snuff Movie

February 21, 2020 10:15 am

Too many Netflix true-crime documentaries are tiresome and overlong. This one was a lot worse than that

parasite

Joan Collins: Parasite didn’t deserve to win Best Picture

February 20, 2020 11:16 am

It now seems that it is absolutely prohibited to say anything about anything that doesn’t conform with the proscribed mores of the politically correct majority

stand-up

Why on earth did I volunteer to do stand-up?

February 20, 2020 10:54 am

There were two points when I couldn’t remember what came next and just plunged forward

greed

In this instance, Greed isn’t good

February 20, 2020 9:11 am

Greed reviewed

emma
austen

Some of the best Austen adaptations are the most unfaithful

February 17, 2020 11:23 am

Undoubtedly the freshest version of Emma was the one that looks least like it: Clueless

oscars

Even the Oscars after-parties have lost their shine

February 17, 2020 10:58 am

Hollywood celebrities talk a big game in public, but in private they enjoy letting their hair down

phoenix, zellweger, pitt celebrity celebrities

The true cost of celebrity inauthenticity

February 16, 2020 11:41 am

Our heroes damage more than just themselves when they warp reality

joaquin phoenix

Joaquin Phoenix’s Oscars speech was beyond a joke

February 11, 2020 1:02 pm

What compels celebrities to make political interventions as if they were visiting foreign dignitaries?

oscars

The age of celebrity is dead

February 10, 2020 10:09 am

The internet has killed the Hollywood star

build

Trump should build to last

February 6, 2020 9:19 am

People who live in glass boxes shouldn’t throw stones

chinatown

Chinatown — that late masterpiece of film noir — could never be made now

February 6, 2020 12:08 am

The Big Goodbye: Chinatown and the Last Years of Hollywood by Sam Wasson reviewed

taylor swift

The sad conformity of Taylor Swift

January 31, 2020 2:21 pm

Where is the bravery in saying exactly what your industry wants you to say?

birmingham

Prepare to be amazed: the story of Birmingham’s Symphony Orchestra

January 30, 2020 1:43 pm

Forward: 100 Years of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra by Richard Bratby reviewed

British broadcaster resigns over ‘racist’ Shakespeare quote

January 30, 2020 5:40 am

Do Alastair Stewart’s bosses really believe that he hates black people because he cited Measure for Measure?

kinks

Land of hope and Victoria: The Kinks’ lost empire

January 29, 2020 4:54 pm

By 1969, Churchill was dead and the Kinks, as an album group, were toast

polanski

J’accuse…!

January 29, 2020 3:12 pm

The banning of Roman Polanski’s film about the Dreyfus affair is history repeating itself