After historic mid-term election results (and a frenetic press conference)... where does the US go from here?
In the space of one week, the United States has witnessed historic mid-term election results, a frenetic press conference in which Donald Trump clashed with a CNN White House correspondent – (followed by the President’s Press Secretary tweeting a doctored video alleging that the reporter sexually assaulted a female intern) – and the potentially unconstitutional firing of the Attorney General in an apparent attempt to undermine investigations into supposed Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Mr Trump didn’t stop the controversy there: he also blamed Barack Obama for America’s lack of safety, claimed that not enough was being done to tackle Californian wildfires even though he reduced funds for forest management, and he failed to turn up to one of the memorial services in Paris commemorating the centenary of World War I because it was raining.
Discussing the direction of the United States from here on…
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.
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…
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,…