What’s so special about Raphael’s Portrait of Baldassare Castiglione?

December 6, 2015 9:48 pm0 comments
What’s so special about Raphael’s Portrait of Baldassare Castiglione?

Walking through the corridors of the National Gallery in London I produced one of my pithiest faux-profound remarks: “Painting before 1860” I said “is about one of two things: Jesus or rich people.” My comments were flippant – and deep and frightfully clever – but I maintain that something in […]

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The Painter

October 3, 2015 5:16 pm0 comments
The Painter

He burdens his palette with a murky rustic hue, of pied pastel colours – rose, beige and blue. Chiaroscuro light envelopes an evening of retreat, as a millennia of faces illume from glowing halos. Silhouettes are redundant in this puppet show escapade, and Dr. Caligari conceals his cruel masquerade. Residing […]

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How Non-Traditional Platforms Are Supporting Female Comedic Voices

September 10, 2015 12:47 pm0 comments
How Non-Traditional Platforms Are Supporting Female Comedic Voices

When the American television network Fox announced that it would not renew The Mindy Project for a fourth season the internet seemed to sag with a collective gloom. There was an outpouring of sadness that the sitcom, which charts the romantic prevails of an OBGYN in New York, would be […]

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Review of King Chaos at the Tristan Bates Theatre, London

September 3, 2015 11:29 am0 comments
Review of King Chaos at the Tristan Bates Theatre, London

Though I’ve given it two stars, I really quite enjoyed myself on Wednesday night going to see King Chaos. I didn’t know there was a trilogy going on – just that Cliff Chapman was in it, so it was bound to be sci-fi and funny. The two leads are rebels […]

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How to Create Light, Textures & Finishes with Dry Pastels?

July 28, 2015 4:20 pm0 comments
How to Create Light, Textures & Finishes with Dry Pastels?

If you have always been interested in painting and the magic famous artists have created on canvas, then your next artistic mission might be to design a masterpiece of your own. Whether you need a new hobby or your greatest dream is to paint and catch the colors and shadows […]

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What if I forgave myself even though I’d done something I shouldn’t have? Wild Review

March 17, 2015 9:00 am0 comments
What if I forgave myself even though I’d done something I shouldn’t have? Wild Review

Translating Cheryl Strayed’s 2013 sort-of memoir Wild: From lost To Found On The Pacific West Trail to the screen must have been a daunting task for everybody involved; it really isn’t a text that seems like fertile ground for cinematic reinvention, it’s not crying out to be displayed on the […]

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Dining With The Tofu Eating, Organic Cotton Wearing, Two Hours A Day Exercising Devil. Or, Learning To Appreciate Your Inner Gwyneth Paltrow.

March 9, 2015 4:15 pm0 comments
Dining With The Tofu Eating, Organic Cotton Wearing, Two Hours A Day Exercising Devil. Or, Learning To Appreciate Your Inner Gwyneth Paltrow.

At some point in history, we’ll call them the pre-GOOP days, Gwyneth Paltrow was widely considered a pretty good egg. She had a series of critically and commercially successful films to her name, some of which have lasted the test of time and are still talked about with reverence today. […]

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Birdman Review: Dark Laughs in Theatre of Broken Dreams

February 22, 2015 9:00 am0 comments
Birdman Review: Dark Laughs in Theatre of Broken Dreams

The tale of a faded  star swimming desperately against the tide of age and anonymity is depicted to innovative effect in Iñárritu’s brilliantly bizarre  Birdman. Set backstage in a Broadway theatre that appears like a labyrinth of disorder,  we see Keaton’s Riggan Thompson troubled soul (and body) laid starkly bare in […]

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