Monthly Archives: June 2012

Vangelis: why Chariots of Fire’s message is still important today

The film that has become a symbol for British athletics is back in this Olympic year. In a rare interview, Vangelis explains what inspired his moving, memorable soundtrackThe author of one of the most instantly recognisable pieces of music in the world… Continue reading

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Shakespeare and me: Meera Syal

Meera Syal, who plays Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing at the RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon, on what Shakespeare means to herI was asked to play Caliban in The Tempest at school. I didn’t understand it and played the role for broad comedy, as one would … Continue reading

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Shakespeare and me: Dame Judi Dench

Dame Judi Dench, who played Ophelia in Hamlet in 1957, on what Shakespeare means to herShakespeare really understood women. The emotions, twists and turns that Cleopatra goes through are phenomenal.I remember the first time I saw Shakespeare as if it w… Continue reading

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Shakespeare and me: Sir Ian McKellen

Sir Ian McKellen, who played Coriolanus at the National Theatre in 1984, on what Shakespeare means to himAs a 45-year-old Coriolanus at the National Theatre, I worked hard to grow a credible warrior’s body.The fighting area was a sand pit. Some of the … Continue reading

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Killer Joe – review

Working from a play by Tracy Letts, veteran director William Friedkin makes heavy weather of stylised violence and dialogue. In hock to drug dealers, trailer park boy Chris (Emile Hirsch) hires a contract killer (Matthew McConaughey) to assassinate his… Continue reading

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Friends with Kids; Your Sister’s Sister – review

Directors Jennifer Westfeldt and Lynn Shelton give the romcom a witty new focus in a week that saw the death of pioneering comedy writer Nora EphronAs if in salute to Nora Ephron, who died last week, two refreshingly smart romantic comedies directed by… Continue reading

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Una Stubbs: ‘I just think, Oh, I hope I can be good enough’ |

Since Una Stubbs’s film debut half a century ago, she’s never been out of work. With a string of memorable TV series to her name, from Till Death Do Us Part to Sherlock, how does she feel now about her return to the National theatre stage at 75?Una Stu… Continue reading

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Shakespeare and me: Sir Ben Kingsley

Sir Ben Kingsley, who played Othello in 1986, on what Shakespeare means to himI live in the Cotswolds, near Chipping Norton, where I first rented a place with some pals when I joined the RSC. Will is always present, always with me. We have a daily… Continue reading

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Shakespeare and me: Alan Cumming

Alan Cumming, who plays Macbeth (and all the other parts) in New York’s Lincoln Center Festival’s production of Macbeth, on what Shakespeare means to himMacbeth was the first play I ever read. In fact, I remember my brother Tom, who is six years older … Continue reading

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Mark Kermode’s DVD round-up

Margaret; John Carter; This Means War; Jack & JillHaving won widespread critical plaudits with You Can Count on Me back in 2000, Kenneth Lonergan’s second feature as director became so mired in endless recutting and acrimonious legal suits that it seem… Continue reading

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When Sam Frears was born, he was expected to reach five. His 40th birthday was the best night of his life

Sam Frears, son of the film director Stephen Frears and literary editor Mary-Kay Wilmers, has the rare degenerative condition familial dysautonomia. This extract from a new book vividly illustrates how he overcomes daily struggles to lead a rich lifeSa… Continue reading

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Dark Horse – review

For Todd Solondz, the locus of choice is the suburban sprawl of New Jersey, which he so memorably labelled a “state of irony” in 1998’s his best-known work Happiness. His latest film follows Abe, a schlubby Jewish man in his 30s who still lives at home… Continue reading

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The Fairy – review

After Aki Kaurismäki’s colourful fairytale Le Havre, here’s another pastel-hued fancy set in the same port town and also featuring African refugees, this one from the physical theatre stylings of Belgium-based mime artists and dancers Dominique Abel a… Continue reading

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The Athlete – review

Told through reconstruction and archive footage, the story of Ethiopian marathon legend Abebe Bikila can’t muster the drama it deserves. The first African to win a gold when he ran barefoot through Rome in 1960, he became the first to retain a marathon… Continue reading

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King of Devil’s Island – review

A blend of Scum and Papillon set on a snowy Norwegian island, this is based on a true story. Brutally run by Stellan Skarsgård’s Bestyreren, Bastoy, a school for “maladjusted young boys”, has all the familiar cruelties – abuse, lice inspections, sol… Continue reading

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Lovely Molly – review

From one of the directors of The Blair Witch Project, this is a hollow psychological horror about newlywed Molly (Gretchen Lodge), left alone by her new husband in her dead parents’ creepy house, where voices whisper and she finds her old syringe and s… Continue reading

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Glastonbury the Movie in Flashback – review

Capturing the enchanted world of the Glastonbury festival site in 1993, Robin Mahoney’s freewheeling, split-screen doc, now remastered and recut, has bags of energy and wit.The film is seduced by the crusties, jugglers, mushroom men and music but quite… Continue reading

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This stunning painting imagines the real sky that inspired The Starry Night [Concept Art]

Vincent Van Gogh’s The Starry Night evokes much of the majesty of the night sky while presenting it in a new and deeply individual light. Alex Ruiz’s digital painting reinterprets Van Gogh’s work, imagi… Continue reading

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Brutally knit monster masks are perfect for adorning your head or a spike [Sci Fashion]

Tracy Widdess’ Brutal Knitting is a series of creepy and colorful hand-knit masks inspired by science fiction and horror. They’re perfect for wearing on face or placing on a spike as a warning to other … Continue reading

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Next time you cut yourself, these bandages could help you save a life [Video]

Normally, cutting yourself on a sharp object isn’t a cause for celebration. But these adhesive bandages add a bright side to your blood and pain. You can mail in your blood sample and have yourself add… Continue reading

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