David Byrne claimed last year that his American Utopia tour would be his most ambitious since the concerts recorded for Stop Making Sense. That seminal 1983 Talking Heads film captured, with near-perfection, the frisson of live performance, with Byrne’s frantic energy amplified by a comically ever-expanding suit. Thirty-five years...
Dir: Arnaud Desplechin, Starring: Mathieu Amalric, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Marion Cotillard, Louis Garrel, Alba Rohrwacher, László Szabó, Hippolyte Girardot. 15 cert, 135 mins. Ivan Dedalus is the name on everyone’s lips at the start of the new film from Arnaud Desplechin. A narcoleptic secret agent played by Louis Garrel, his forename...
If I come back as a cow – and I plan to – I would like to come back as one of the Queen’s Jersey cows. This Countryfile Royal Special (BBC One) was full of fascinating facts for that next royal-themed pub quiz, but none more so than the...
I say “apparent”, because everyone’s keeping their guards up and it’s suggested early on that one of the number is a human resources plant. It’s a recipe for intensifying paranoia; if the pressure gets too much, any candidate can leave – but then they’re out of the running. We...
Chico Buarque, or simply “Chico”, is a bona fide icon in Brazil. In the Seventies, he smuggled slyly political lyrics into his samba-inflected pop, which got him into trouble with the military dictatorship’s censors and made him a hero of the democratic movement. He has since become internationally acclaimed...
After 10 hours of remorseless sadism, the first series of The Handmaid’s Tale (Channel 4) concluded with a small luminescent uptick of hope. Offred (Elisabeth Moss), the unhappy captive of a fundamentalist regime, seemed to have effected some sort of escape. Fingers were crossed a good minute into the...
For years, Nicolas Cage’s more extreme performances have been derided as a blight on cinema, but it turns out that cinema just had to catch up. Mandy, the new film from Panos Cosmatos, which had its European premiere at the Cannes Film Festival last night, is the ideal stage...
At the risk of accidentally donating three words to the poster, How to Talk to Girls at Parties looks like it was phenomenally good fun to make. An alien-sex-comedy-punk-musical-doodle set in 1977 Croydon, it packs half its cast into studs and leathers, and the other half, as a colony...
There can’t be many ships so big that a harbour has to be dredged for two years to accommodate them. But that was the case for the HMS Queen Elizabeth, the Royal Navy’s newest and biggest aircraft carrier. The third and final part of Britain’s Biggest Warship, BBC Two’s...
We review the best classical concerts of the month Benjamin Grosvenor at Queen Elizabeth Hall ★★★★☆ Making its return to the newly refurbished but otherwise same old Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Southbank Centre's International Piano Series continued with this recital by Benjamin Grosvenor. His programme typified the 25-year-old pianist's rare seriousness: sheer...