Archive for January, 2013

Words

What I’ve been reading…

What I’ve been reading…

This is the first is a new series of monthly columns by Emily Rhodes. CultureKicks will also soon have ‘What I’ve been watching…’ and ‘What I’ve been listening to…’ columns to go alongside it. I saw in the New Year up in Scotland, where some friends were getting married on [...]

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Screen

In praise of the loser

In praise of the loser

What’s your favourite scene in Tim Burton’s best film, Ed Wood? I figure everyone has one. Perhaps it’s the scene in which the round-eyed film director Mr Wood (Johnny Depp) watches the washed-up horror movie star Bela Lugosi (Martin Landau) do his hypnotic Count Dracula ‘come to me!’ hand gesture. [...]

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Art

The art of seeing

The art of seeing

A dozen teenagers hover around easels, taping up cartridge paper, fumbling sticks of charcoal, blethering. A teacher—me, as it happens—directs two heaters towards an empty stool at the centre of the studio in opposition to the Winter chill. A small woman with long hair enters, naked beneath a dressing gown. [...]

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Words

A Tweet universally acknowledged

A Tweet universally acknowledged

Today sees the 200th anniversary of the publication of Pride & Prejudice, one of the most enduring of all English novels, and seemingly so resilient a romance that it can survive everything from erotic parody to an invasion of zombies. One of the hashtags doing the rounds on Twitter last [...]

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Music

This wasn’t Sinatra’s New York

This wasn’t Sinatra’s New York

In Andrzej Klimowski’s pop art-inspired poster for Taxi Driver (1976), the film’s anti-hero Travis Bickle is portrayed as a man out of time – connected to, but somehow out of sync with, the rest of the city as it rushes past him. It’s the perfect visual metaphor for Seventies New [...]

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Performance

All the benefits of hindsight

All the benefits of hindsight

Sometimes we can’t see what is in front of our own noses. We need to step back and take in the bigger picture before whatever-it-is can make sense. And so the gigantic year-long festival The Rest is Noise at London’s Southbank Centre has launched at just the right time. It [...]

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