Yearly Archives: <span>2019</span>

This dark material: the black alchemy that can arrest carbon emissions

Not only does biochar trap carbon in its creation, it is heating homes in Sweden and feeding cows in Lincolnshire It traps carbon in the ground for centuries, boosts plant growth, provides a sustainable heat source and could even reduce methane emissions from cows. Biochar may not be a silver bullet to combating the climate Read more »

Edward Norton and Thom Yorke: ‘The last thing we wanted was for it to get bloody’

Over tea and tequila, the actor and the rock star discuss making Motherless Brooklyn, the dark forces behind Trump and why Yorke was too messed up to score Fight Club In Edward Nortons new film, Motherless Brooklyn, a keening ballad blows in and out, affecting the narrative and painting the prevailing mood with a deep Read more »

No, Simon Cowell, it’s not ‘time for UK-Pop’

(CNN)On Halloween in 2009, a perky quintet known as Wonder Girls became the first K-Pop group to crack the Billboard Hot 100 with their catchy, music-video driven, Korean-language single “Nobody.” Its top stars grace the covers of magazines and sell out stadiums. Lionsgate just announced a Rebel Wilson movie about an aspiring Korean American pop Read more »

‘Frozen 2’ delivers for those willing to chill out and enjoy

(CNN)The alchemy that made “Frozen” such a monster hit can’t be easily replicated, and isn’t entirely in its six-years-later sequel. But “Frozen 2” delivers enough of what made the original hum to warm the hearts of a generation of tykes that have gobbled it up, while almost certainly adding happiness to Disney’s holidays. All that Read more »

Hillary Clinton, get real

(CNN)Oh, the arrogance. A level of arrogance is, by definition, required. Imagine believing you can solve unwieldy, complex, centuries-old, systemic problems that others heretofore have not, that your singular genetic and experiential alchemy makes you the best person to lead a nation, that you can in fact defeat dozens of other capable and qualified candidates Read more »

The Wing: how an exclusive women’s club sparked a thousand arguments

The long read: The Wing is a private members space for women that claims to be an accelerator for feminist revolution in the US and now its coming to the UK. But how progressive is it really? On a recent weeknight in midtown Manhattan, a trickle of professional women wearing sheath dresses and smart blouses Read more »

‘A way of learning from everything’: the rise of the city critic

Criticism of food and the arts has long flourished. In our increasingly urban world, perhaps city criticism should be recognised as distinct and necessary On any person who desires such queer prizes, New York will bestow the gift of loneliness and the gift of privacy, wrote EB White in his 1949 essay, Jane Jacobs The Read more »

Greta Thunbergs enemies are right to be scared of her message. Her new political allies should be too | Stephen Buranyi

Liberal leaders line up to praise her. Yet their inaction shows they are not really listening, says science writer Stephen Buranyi Greta Thunberg has made a lot of enemies. They are easy to recognise because their rage is so great they cannot help making themselves look ridiculous. Thunbergs arrival in the US earlier this month Read more »

Zero stars: is James Franco’s starry Zeroville the worst film of 2019?

The actor-writer-directors adaptation of Steve Ericksons 2007 book on 70s Hollywood is a film of staggering incompetence All things considered, March 2011 was a pretty good month for James Franco. Years before the unseemly scandals that have since marred his career, he enjoyed the level of industry cachet befitting a young talent coming off their Read more »

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid at 50: their charm lives on

The 1969 western paired Paul Newman and Robert Redford to magical effect and remains one of the most undeniably entertaining westerns to date The horse is dead. Its the middle of a tense scene in the 1969 smash Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The town sheriff is attempting to round up a posse to Read more »