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FilmTHE TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN Cert: 12A THIS is the second instalment in the Michael Bray special effects paradise that is The Transformers. There is little point trying to work out what’s going on – the plot is utterly baffling, with new characters, monsters, machines and storylines unleashed every few minutes. But to tax [...]
FILM GIGANTIC – Inventive comedy drama with Paul Dano and Zooey Deschanel. NORTH BY NORTHWEST – Re-release for Hitchcock’s landmark thriller, with Cary Grant. KATYN – Polish movie about horrors perpetrated by the Red Army in World War II. DVD VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA – Woody Allen’s return to form, with Scarlett Johansson and Javier Bardem.NICK [...]
TheatreDERREN BROWNAdelphi TheatreDerren BROWN has been on our TV screens long enough now for most of us to be fairly familiar with his shtick, but that doesn’t make seeing it live anything less than a wholly mesmerising experience. I can’t think there’s a more joyfully entertaining evening to be spent in a West End theatre [...]
MUSIC Meltdown – The Southbank Centre’s annual festival of progressive music climaxes this weekend with performances from curator Ornette Coleman and Kieran Hebden.FILM Sleep Furiously – Remarkable documentary about life in a Welsh backwater that deserves a wide audience.FILM Drag Me to Hell – Spiderman director Sam Raimi returns to his horror routes in this [...]
FOR ALL the hype that preceded Lord Carter’s Digital Britain Report, its central recommendation can be summed up in four dreary words: Slow broadband for all. It wouldn’t be so bad if the meagre 2Mbps connection wasn’t being part-funded with a planned £6-a-year telephone line tax; this will mainly be collected from people who live [...]
THERE are times when it seems a barbecue is less a way of cooking than a ritual in which we give thanks for a sunny afternoon. Men solemnly pull on the uniform of the barbecue high priest – the comedy apron – to indulge a primeval instinct requiring us to do heroic battle with smoke [...]
The perfect burger, by Sam and Eddie Hart, owners of Quo Vadis and FinoOnly use good quality beef with a high fat content, as this ensures the burgers will remain juicy when barbecued. Don’t add breadcrumbs – really good beef with some seasoning is all you need, with one small egg added to the mix [...]
WHEN CHINA RULES THE WORLDBy Martin JacquesFABER & FABER, £16.99 THE “WHEN” – as opposed to the “if” – that now prefaces talk of China taking over the world is chilling. Part of the reason is that it is an alien culture in many ways, that is to say, not Western, and therefore not commensurate [...]
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