Cinema

Why we need to cancel the Oscars to save the Oscars

22 February 2017 16:38

Oscar has a problem, and I say that as a fan. If I could, I’d take one of those famous…

This luvvies’ letter warning against Brexit isn’t worth the paper it’s written on

20 May 2016 8:22

Politicians from across the spectrum have had their say on Brexit. So, too, have various business leaders. Spy chiefs have…

What a tawdry piece it is: Met Opera Live’s Les pêcheurs de perles reviewed

18 January 2016 12:57

Les pêcheurs de perle Met Opera Live This is the first production at the Metropolitan of Bizet’s early opera for…

Citizen Brand

27 August 2014 12:58

So it turns out the revolution will be televised after all. ‘Brand’, a full length documentary about the comedian turned…

Lauren Bacall — a true great

13 August 2014 11:15

As so often, no one put it better than Papa. Here is Ernest Hemingway talking of all the movies made…

What’s your favourite Robin Williams one-liner?

12 August 2014 10:49

Mr S was saddened to hear of the death of Robin Williams — a man who contributed to the gaiety…

Bullingdon Club: the movie

15 May 2014 17:44

At first glance Mr S thought that he might be watching Labour’s latest class-war party election broadcast: rich kids at…

Does Country Life know their derrière from their elbow?

23 April 2014 16:46

Fun times for our country cousins over at Country Life: they have compiled a list, drawn up with the help…

Russell Crowe and Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Noah’ is thoroughly weird

2 April 2014 14:30

The Archbishop of Canterbury has had himself photographed with Russell Crowe, after attending the screening of Noah in which Russell…

Televising theatre and opera will not attract new audiences. It will repel them

28 March 2014 16:52

Always try to get the worst seats for the opera. Upper circle. Foyer. Toilet. The nearest bus stop. The further…

Arise, Kermit, Freefrog of the City of London

27 March 2014 13:35

Move over Dick Whittington and his cat, the City of London has a new folklore hero. Yesterday Kermit the Frog…

Matt Damon’s monumental diet

18 February 2014 10:51

Mr S doesn’t usually notice A List waists, but he wasn’t totally surprised when he heard that Matt Damon was…

Shirley Temple, 1928 – 2014, remembered in The Spectator

11 February 2014 11:44

Shirley Temple has died in California at the age of 85. She was known as America’s little darling after she…

Spectator Play: The highs and the lows of what’s going on in arts this week

4 October 2013 17:18

The latest adaptation of one of Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh’s books is Filth  – a film so filthy that Deborah…

Bond, progressive Bond

27 September 2013 16:38

Film fans look away now. Last night the latest author to add to the Bond legacy said that he did…

Vinnie Jones does not do irony

3 September 2013 17:53

Thuggish footballer turned terrible actor Vinnie Jones has gone all man-down-the-pub over the state of the nation. Speaking from his…

How long until novels are published with video inserts?

27 August 2013 10:30

In Charlie Kauffman’s Bafta lecture (a startlingly honest reflection on film writing, and well worth a listen), the screenwriter, producer…

Elmore Leonard dies aged 87

20 August 2013 15:18

Elmore Leonard has died aged 87. Leonard began his career as a hack and ended it as a modern master. His rule was:…

Two film stars watch some tennis. World goes mad!

10 July 2013 10:41

The first Briton in 77 years won the Wimbledon championships on Sunday, but this is perhaps incidental; did you spot…

Benedict Cumberbatch takes over the world

1 May 2013 15:09

What do you do if you wake up to discover your colleagues implying that you have it easy? If you’re…

Chin chin, my dear friend

2 April 2013 12:05

It was a heavy weekend for actor Richard E Grant. Toasting the life of his old friend and Withnail and I…

Lurhmann, Baz Lurhmann

28 March 2013 16:48

Baz Lurhmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby (above) may yet enrage purists; but it seems that the Australian director already has…

When art imitates Wee Dougie Alexander

18 March 2013 15:14

Is Labour MP Douglas Alexander paranoid or very candid? The Shadow Foreign Secretary told a group of luvvies and great…

The Last Days of Alfred Hitchcock

28 February 2013 10:14

For the last 40 years it’s been impossible to interview Anthony Hopkins without him doing his Tommy Cooper impression. He’s…

Brave, the Oscars and the Scottish Cringe.

25 February 2013 13:47

Hurrah for Brave, the little movie that could! And did! All Scotland salutes her Oscar for Best Animated Feature. Another triumph…