Category Archive: Review

Frances Ha – review

Frances Handley is undergoing a “quarter-life crisis”. She’s a twenty-something year-old modern dancer, barely able to pay rent, and with no serious job or relationship. She doesn’t take sensible job offers when they… Continue reading

The Imposter

In 1997, a phone call dramatically altered the lives of the Texan family of Nicholas Barclay, the thirteen year-old boy who inexplicably disappeared in 1994. The San Antonio police shattered their perpetual nightmarish… Continue reading

Starter for Ten: What do Tom Cruise, the ‘precogs’ and the Communications Data Bill all have in common?

Tom Cruise has been on my mind rather a lot lately. Make no mistake, it’s been an unwelcome intrusion, one that forces my thoughts into dark corners and asks unanswerable, gnawing questions, like;… Continue reading

Between Dust and Gold Dust – Bruiser, The Duke Spirit

Seeing good live bands in small intimate venues is akin, these days, to finding gold dust. Best enjoyed when the band is undiscovered and still playing tiny pubs and university campuses, the music… Continue reading

The Proposed Change to the Law on Assisted Dying: Light at the end of the tunnel?

Despite not being the cheeriest of topics for a bleak, cold January, death has already been on the legal and cultural radar this year. January saw the culmination of the work of the… Continue reading

‘Rightful Misgivings’: Justice Edwin Cameron talks about the power of rights, and the danger of them falling into the wrong hands

‘…Rights exist only in words. They cannot be eaten, and they afford no shield against hatred and ignorance.’ With the stern faces of ancient monarchs staring down from their gilded frames in the… Continue reading

Background Music

After dutifully following Pete Doherty around the country in all his various incarnations, be it The Libertines, Babyshambles or just solo, you begin to realise there is no such thing as an ‘average’… Continue reading

‘Injunctions are a necessary evil’ – Privacy, free speech and a feral press.’ Public debate at the London School of Economics

One of the most salient issues to have emerged in the press in recent weeks, that of injunctions, was recently fought out at the London School of Economics. The panel, chaired by Jo… Continue reading

Lady Chatterley’s Lover: Fifty Years On

Fifty years ago, on 2nd November 1960 at courtroom number one of the Old Bailey, a remarkable and brave jury acquitted Penguin Books of obscenity for publishing an uncensored version of D H… Continue reading