This is partly due to the pleasure its sheer ingenuity inspires. The Clock is a 21st-century answer to the elaborate mechanical clocks premodern artisans built for the town halls of central European cities. Just as those ancient clocks amaze with their sculpted wooden figures that rotate on the hour as chimes resonate on cobbled squares, so we marvel at Marclay’s technical achievement. How many hours of watching films, rewinding, freezing, isolating and grabbing brief glimpses of timepieces, went into this miracle of digital craft? … [Read more...] about The Clock review – ‘The longer you watch it, the more addictive it becomes’
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Mia Wasikowska is Edith Cushing, daughter of Buffalo, NY industrial pioneer Carter Cushing (Jim Beaver), from whom rakish baronet Sir Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston) seeks investment for his revolutionary mining machine. Cushing is unimpressed, but Edith is wooed by Sharpe, who sees beauty in her eerie fiction (“the ghosts are just a metaphor”) and sweeps her from the electrified modernity of New York to the ancient stones of his crumbling Lake District pile. This is Allerdale Hall, a latterday House of Usher full of “shadows, creaks and groans”, with blue-green walls, locked rooms and forbidden basements (“never go below this level”). The house is “a living painting”, complete with a Dorian Gray-style portrait of Mother (“She looks quite…” “Horrible?”), rotting yet magnificent, more akin to David Lean’s Great Expectations or Robert Stevenson’s Jane Eyre than the B-movie aesthetics of Roger Corman … [Read more...] about Crimson Peak review – an American in fear of the Lake District
Portsmouth were head and shoulders above most of the division until suffering winter blues, which coincided with Ronan Curtis’s form tailing off, but the Republic of Ireland winger should return stronger after a dream debut season and Pompey look well equipped to go the distance. Kenny Jackett appears to have filled the void left by Matt Clarke, who has joined Brighton, with the signings of Sean Raggett and Paul Downing while the loan capture of Ross McCrorie from Rangers, who is highly regarded by Steven Gerrard, seems shrewd. Ellis Harrison failed to make the grade at Ipswich but the former Bristol Rovers forward gives Jackett another dimension in attack. If Jamal Lowe stays put amid Championship interest, Pompey will be hard to stop. … [Read more...] about League One 2019-20 season preview
In fact, Roller Derby appears to have come at just the right time for all the players as the Tiger Bay Brawlers push and shove their way to their dream of tournament glory. I'm not sure I'd become a season ticket holder, but if they make another series of Hell on Wheels I'll be taking a front row seat. … [Read more...] about Review: Awkwafina is Nora from Queens ★★★☆☆ and Hell on Wheels ★★★★☆
The book was mostly written long before the health crisis, and Goodhart pleads “guilty to Covid confirmation bias – the tendency to see your own assumptions about how the world should evolve confirmed by the pandemic”. To the extent that “essential workers” and NHS staff were extolled over the spring of 2020, while many “knowledge workers” sat at home on Zoom, his central argument – that we have paid insufficient respect to manual and care-based work – stands up well under the circumstances. And while there is no evidence of schadenfreude for the predicament that universities now find themselves in, Goodhart and his publishers may reflect on the freakishly good fortune of the book’s timing. … [Read more...] about Head Hand Heart by David Goodhart review – does getting a degree matter too much?