ALBUM REVIEW: LAURA IMBRUGLIA – WHAT A TREAT

Laura Imbruglia’s third album, What A Treat comes with a gift, a Pozible-funded jigsaw. It proves a funny link between the past and future, a description that’s also applicable to her ten album tracks. Imbruglia’s music is by her own admission: “Lyric based, depresso pop with regular visits to the jaunty zone”. On What A Treat, Nat’s little sister…

BOOK REVIEW: DAVID GILLESPIE – THE SWEET POISON QUIT PLAN COOKBOOK

Take a close look at the chocolate cake on the cover of this book. It not only looks delicious, but it’s a chocolate torte with coffee mascarpone and it doesn’t contain any sugar (just like those recent, cookbooks from Sarah Wilson). It is one of the 80 recipes in The Sweet Poison Quit Plan Cookbook and they…

FILM REVIEW: GREETINGS FROM TIM BUCKLEY

Jeff Buckley may have sung “So Real” on his ground-breaking, Grace album, but the bio-pic of his and his dad’s lives concentrates on their mystical qualities. Maybe it was their untimely deaths – Jeff by drowning in Memphis’ Wolf River at age 27 and Tim at age 28 from an accidental overdose – that turned them into alt-rock…

FILM REVIEW: WHAT MAISIE KNEW

What Maisie Knew could actually be called Matilda. The former is an adaptation of the Henry James novel but it also shares a lot in common with the latter, Roald Dahl book. There is the brilliant and mature-beyond-her-years little girl who has to take care of herself because her parents only do so when it’s convenient. Although both sets of parents are…

FILM REVIEW: WE STEAL SECRETS: THE STORY OF WIKILEAKS

We Steal Secrets: The Story Of Wikileaks looks set to polarise audiences as much as the organisation’s founder, Julian Assange does. The documentary is the latest film from the Oscar-winning, Alex Gibney (Taxi To The Dark Side, Enron: the Smartest Guys In The Room). It attempts to paint a portrait of this organisation with snappy animation and a good musical…

FILM REVIEW: THE LOOK OF LOVE

The Look Of Love could and probably should scream “great film”. It pairs director, Michael Winterbottom with comedian, Steve Coogan (they are the men who worked on 24 Hour Party People and the TV show, The Trip). The story is about a legend. The name Paul Raymond may not mean much but he was England’s answer to Hugh Hefner and the script was written by Matt…

FILM REVIEW: OH BOY

A day in the life of a slacker, twenty-something living in Berlin may not sound like everybody’s cup of tea. But this guy’s more concerned with coffee anyway. The actual day is a rather momentous one with a series of mishaps and unfortunate events, making this story seem a little different to the one originally…

FILM REVIEW: CAMILLE CLAUDEL 1915

Poor Camille Claudel. The famous artist would create a lasting legacy of sculptures and drawings that are still important and relevant today. But she was also one tortured artist. Camille Claudel 1915 attempts to capture all of these emotions and feelings. It’s also a French biopic that is a claustrophobic chronicle of three days in her sad life. Claudel…

FILM REVIEW: PUSSY RIOT: A PUNK PRAYER

Peaches wrote and sang the song “Free Pussy Riot!” Madonna almost got into trouble for dedicating her performance in Moscow to the guerrilla-style-performing, feminist collective of political activists. Pussy Riot fuses riot grrl power with a raw and gritty performance art style. They first came to prominence in early 2012 when they were imprisoned after their fifth…

FILM REVIEW: THE STONE ROSES: MADE OF STONE

Everyone seems to have a story about The Stone Roses. Maybe it was the young band that listened to the group’s eponymous debut and decided to make their very own record. Perhaps you were one of the lucky privileged that saw them at their come-back shows or at one of their infamous gigs during their nineties heyday. The…

FILM REVIEW: FAREWELL, MY QUEEN

Farewell, My Queen (or Les adieux à la reine) is a film about three important women from French history. They are a Queen, her lover, and the Queen’s reader who is hopelessly devoted to the monarch. The latest film from director, Benoît Jacquot is a sumptuous and intimate costume drama with lots of upheaval, making it…

FILM REVIEW: I AM DIVINE

He’s a rebel and we’re not talking about Phil Spector. He, she (or is it it?) is Divine, the larger than life drag queen persona of Harris Glenn Milstead. And I Am Divine is his fabulous story, darling. The documentary is directed by Jeffrey Schwarz and tells a warts-and-all account of this complicated character. Milstead was born in conservative Baltimore in 1945 and…