Joe Wright, director of benchmark period films Pride & Prejudice and Atonement, brings us something strikingly different in his newly released action thriller Hanna. Saoirse Ronan plays the title character, a 16 year old who’s lived her entire life secluded from society and civilization with her father (Eric Bana). He’s trained her to be the perfect assassin, making her an expert in hand-to-hand combat, hunting, foreign languages and even general knowledge. The...
11 Apr 2011 11:45 GMT
If you spent a good portion of your childhood living vicariously through the lives of a certain pair of blonde twin sisters then get ready for this…Sweet Valley High is back!If you're one of the girls who read Sweet Valley High books in your youth, and there's a good chance you are because there were over 150 of them published, then get ready to scream! Elizabeth and Jessica are back in Sweet Valley Confidential an all n...
11 Apr 2011 09:00 GMT
The appeal of The Generationals lies in their instantly catchy, crowd pleasing tunes. Their 2009 release, Con Law, serves as an example of this. Its music has been featured in more commercials and television shows than I care to mention. The New Orleans’s indie-pop duo's latest release, Actor-Caster, works in similar ways. The album is full of music that is cheerful and bright, sounds that please and serve as the appropriate soundtrack for the spring and summer months ahead....
08 Apr 2011 14:45 GMT
With its gilded statues, immaculately manicured gardens, and world-renown cuisine, Paris is indisputably expensive. When you factor in a week's stay in a hotel, dining out for meals, museum tickets, Métro passes, a boat cruise on the Seine and the obligatory Ladurée visit, you’ve got yourself a bill for a few thousand dollars (and that’s without traveling as a family).
07 Apr 2011 08:39 GMT
This week the UK is celebrating UK coffee week. A “nationwide event which aims to promote the success and vibrancy of the UK coffee industry”. Huh? Finding a decent cup of coffee in London is more difficult than you might think.
06 Apr 2011 13:36 GMT
If the memory of losing your virginity still makes your cheeks flush with embarrassment and the recollection of your adolescent fumblings makes your toes curl then The Last Picture Show will make you feel better. Probably.Peter Bogdanovich’s masterpiece The Last Picture show is getting a long overdue re-release this month. Set in small town '50s America it’s a coming-of-age story about a group of high school students spending their last...
04 Apr 2011 08:35 GMT
"Fame is a bee. / It has a song / It has a sting / Ah, too, it has a wing." - Emily DickinsonThere have been a couple of instructive internet memes this past week: Rebecca Black and The Greek Seaman. The former is a 13-year-old with well-to-do parents who paid for a professionally recorded music video, the latter a n...
01 Apr 2011 14:45 GMT
Peter, Bjorn and John are famous for that song you've surely heard, even if you aren’t quite sure who the band is. "Young Folks" exploded on to the scene in 2006, making the Swedish trio one of the most beloved indie acts of the year and for some, securing them a spot on the one-hit-wonder list. Album to album they’ve evolved, their sound morphing into the uncomfortable and unfamiliar without fear. In contrast, their latest effort, Gimme Some,goes back. While not a simple re...
30 Mar 2011 15:00 GMT
Imogen Heap is the singer, songwriter, and husky voice behind the clever rhythms, breathy tunes and beautiful pieces of musical poetry that many of us know and love. Her songs have been sampled by rappers, beloved by TV programmes, and generally pretty damn successful – and now she is attempting to change the way that the music industry works.
29 Mar 2011 08:00 GMT
There are plenty of strong female artists out there, but not many of them would devote a song to showing off their lady parts. Combine that with a kitschy video, an addictive beat and you have the perfect spring anthem.
Amanda Palmer started out as a street performer in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she was busking as a giant bride. Today she's one of the most interesting musicians out there. Palmer has a closeness with her audience which is rare. Maybe it's because she started out pe...
25 Mar 2011 15:00 GMT