Articles in the Culture Category
Freedom will be at the Gulbenkian Theatre on the 3rd of November, and the Quarterhouse in Folkestone on the 19th November.
Rick Limentani has made some unusual choices. After graduating from Cambridge University, he left a successful career for a blue-chip consultancy in the city to become a struggling artist, studying film-making in Paris. Over the past ten years he has risen to prominance as a screenwriter, winning international awards, and has also directed short films shown in festivals around the world. Now, after completing a new short film in Spain …
Sam Rockwell delivers an almost solo performance terrifically in a film that is more than simple science fiction. The wide use of models not only gives a sense of realism to the film, but also a tribute to the 70s and 80s of space cinema, from Space Odyssey to The Clangers, in almost a swan song of a forgotten genre, of a forgotten idea, that films are art, and about more than beautiful people, latest trends and shallow values.
Music, TV & Radio »
A recent article in The Guardian highlighted that with the syndication of so many commercial stations it’s becoming more and more difficult for aspiring DJs to get broadcasting experience and work their way into the radio industry, increasingly it’s a case of if you want to get involved in radio you have to be driven by a passion to do it. This is what radio is to me, more than just any ordinary interest or pastime, radio has become almost a compulsion. It’s this love for radio that has driven …
Film, Uncategorized »
Alphaville – Jean-Luc Goddard (1965)
Jean-Luc Goddard is arguably France’s most famous director; he was involved in a movement called the French new wave, a rebellion against the conventions of standard filmmaking. Alphaville, or Tarzan Vs IBM (its working title), is no exception. I found it very hard to follow and I spent most of the films duration trying to make sense of the actions. This is not necessarily a criticism, just because I was not in control of the situation as a viewer, it’s not to say that I didn’t …
Comment, Culture, International News »
On why the recent general election in Burma is a sham.
On the 7th November the South-East Asian nation of Burma, also known as Myanmar, will hold its first general election since 1990. As of 1962 the country has been ruled by a military government, which has forcibly crushed every call for democracy since then (most publicly and recently in the October 2007 Saffron Revolution). Given this history of violence, authoritarianism, and either the manipulation or dismissal of election and referendum results, instead of being a step towards democracy and much …
So many ways I’ve wandered;stumbled
Blind – as if I did not know
The belly of the whale was waiting
To catch me, spit me unchewed
Back! The waves did not consume
The fear-fleeing faith of me.
With exam season in full swing, some of you may be crying out for a break from your books and a chance to do something different, which is where the university’s Fine and Applied Arts students come in. This year’s BA graduates from the department will be showing their work in the Sidney Cooper Gallery, which the public can view from 29th May to 10th June, and entry is completely free (making it even more desirable for students).
The Degree Show incorporates many different mediums of art, so there really …
If, like everyone else, you’re looking to get value for money, then you can’t go wrong with Dragon Age: Origins. This epic RPG from the makers of Mass Effect will easily see you through the new term, if you let it.
The set up isn’t anything particularly new; the land of Ferelden, a fairytale place with the usual assortment of elves and dwarves, is under threat from a swarm of “Darkspawn”, a big mean army of ugly creatures. You choose to play as either a human, elf, or dwarf, then pick …
In a future not so far away, an online game has become a way of life for millions of people around the globe. “Society” gives you the power to control other people. You can live a life through them by giving computer commands. They say and do whatever you want them to. You just need enough money to “buy” such people. Sounds crazy? Then check the newest game – “Slayers”. Just imagine Counter Strike but with real people. Based on the same principle as “Society” you play in front …
To be beautiful, successful and to have the perfect man – isn’t that every contemporary woman’s dream?
Well Abby Richter (Katherine Heigl) has it all (almost). She’s the Carrie Bradshaw in the TV industry producing her own breakfast show in Sacramento. Just a man is missing in her perfect looking life. But workaholics and control freaks can hardly attract men and Abby is both. After a couple of disaster dates she has almost lost faith. When her show starts losing it’s audience, Abby’s world crashes. She needs to find a way …