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Review: Kill Your Darlings

15th October 2013 | Films

5 Stars - This tragic story portraying the collision of love, lust and literature is irresistibly beautiful and engaging. One film you must NOT miss.

In 1944, literature was the way forward. It was an era of poetry and rebellion for the hugely popular literary world and, at the same time, a generation of great poets was forming. Most notably, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs. However, there was another name who was supposed to be on that list.

Lucien Carr was born in New York City and, at the age of 14, met David Kammerer a man who, he was yet to find out, would have a profound influence on the course of his life. Kammerer was an English teacher at Washinton University and he was also a childhood friend of William S. Burroughs who also knew the Carr family.

Kammerer became obsessed with Carr and, over the next five years, he pursued Carr – showing up wherever the young man was enrolled at school.

On August the 13th, 1944, Carr and Jack Kerouac attempted, and failed, to ship out of New York to France on a merchant ship hoping to be in Paris in time for the liberation and to start a literary revolution. On the way back from the sign-up station, Kerouac bumped into Kammerer who asked where Carr was, Kerouac told him.

Kammerer, attempting to pursue his sexual desires, caught up with Carr and the two men went for a walk. According to Carr, from then Kammerer made a sexual advance on him – when Carr rejected it, Kammerer assaulted him physically which resulted (in desperation and panic) in Carr stabbing the older man. Carr then tied Kammerer’s hands and feet, wrapped a belt around…

Review: Inside Llewyn Davis

15th October 2013 | Films

1 STAR - It was too dry and dark, and tried far too hard to be funny


As a teenager, seeing a new movie at the Odeon Leicester Square has always seemed to be just a dream. Impossible to contemplate ever happening before the age of eighteen at least. Well, when I found out that I would be seeing Inside Llewyn Davis at this premiere cinema, excitement overcame me.

I should have preserved the excitement for a rainy day.

The rain outside was more exciting than this piece of dry piece of cinematography.

I wish I could say more about this ‘highly anticipated’ release, directed by the critically acclaimed Coen Brothers and starring Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan and Justin Timberlake but it shortly sent me into a deep sleep. Admittadly, I did awake every 10 minutes but, to my despair, the horror was not over so I found myself drifting away again.

One part of the film that was of great interest to me was the fact that the lead character, Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) lived in a fairly modern house (but 2013’s standards) although the film is set in 1961.

As well as that, I found it hard to decide whether the film was attempting to be dark and devious or ironic – but, either way, I couldn’t understand what the other 1,000 people around me were laughing about.

Maybe it’s just my age or it’s not my type of comedy (I am the boy who walked out of DreamWorks Animations’ Shark Tale when I was 6 years old) but I would find it very difficult to recommend this movie to anybody else.

It was too dry and dark, and tried far too hard to be funny. See…

Review: The Last Impresario

14th October 2013 | Films

4 STARS -Gracie Otto pays a vibrant, engaging and intriguing insight into the life of a modest playboy, gambler and producer.

Every now and again, somebody really special comes into the world to shake things up a bit. To the delight of the – at the time – failing London theatre industry, in 1936 Michael White was born. The most famous person you’ve never heard of.

The Last Impresario is a documentary style film about notorious London theatre and film impresario, Michael White. Having produced over 300 shows (including the edgy productions of “Oh! Calcutta!”, The Rocky Horror Show and “Annie”) and movies over the last 50 years, White was seen as London’s playboy to his celebrity friends – who include Kate Moss, John Cleese, Barry Humphries among many others.

As time as progressed and the years gone, White’s lavish life has, somewhat, been reduced due to health issues. However, whilst White’s immediate presence in the West End has been fading; the way he shaped London lifestyle has never been more prominent.

Gracie Otto pays a vibrant, engaging and intriguing insight into the life of a modest playboy, gambler and producer who has shows such as A Chorus Line and films such as Monty Python and the Holy Grail under his belt. Through the use of professionally shot interviews and car rides the viewer truly sees White at work and reflecting his past times.

Despite the fact that White used to live a very lavish, party-centralised life the documentary is not without its emotional twists and turns constantly keeping the viewer on the edge of their seat. Otto does an excellent job at displaying White’s regret at some of the things he used to do – teaching viewers that sometimes living…