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Blade Runner 2049 to Bond 25: yes, Mr Villeneuve, we expect you to direct

Like Christopher Nolan, Sam Mendes and Peter Jackson, Villeneuve is a rare example of a visionary film-maker with franchise nous. Can he get the 007 gig? Sam Mendes may have done more than just reload 007s Walther PPK with box-office bullets when he took on Quantum of Solaces Marc Forster; Die Another Days Lee Tamahori) Read more »

Bricking it: why the Lego movie franchise is on shaky foundations

The Lego Ninjago Movie cant hope to live up to the standard of either the original film or Lego Batman. Has quality already been sacrificed to quantity? When we discuss the fad for cinematic universes, with their unimaginative bloat and paucity of ideas, we tend to overlook Lego. Thats partly because, in terms of sheer Read more »

Gareth Bale seals Real Madrid victory over Real Sociedad in La Liga

After successive league draws Real Madrid returned to winning ways after beating Real Sociedad 3-1 in La Liga on Sunday evening Real Madrid recorded a convincing 3-1 win at Real Sociedad, with Gareth Bale capping the victory with a fine second-half finish. The victory hauls Zinedine Zidanes side back closer to La Liga leaders, Barcelona, Read more »

The best Showtime original series of all time

DexterHomelandThat said, here are our picks for Showtime’s most interesting, entertaining, and effective shows—and some recommended stopping points for you to get out while the shows are still on top. The best Showtime original series 1) Twin Peaks: The Return The ReturnTwin PeaksThe ReturnWhat lacks in prestige it makes up for in terms of entertainment Read more »

Race, power, money the art of Jean-Michel Basquiat

A Basquiat painting has been sold for more than $100m, but nearly 30 years after his death his art is as painfully relevant as ever In the spring of 1982, a rumour started swilling around New York. The gallerist Annina Nosei had some kind of boy genius locked in her basement, a black kid, wild Read more »

American Horror Story: Cult review post-election terror in Trump-inspired new season

The seventh installment of Ryan Murphys horror anthology series begins on election night and proceeds as a messy but gripping document of political paranoia in the wake of the 2016 election Like some presidential campaigns, television empires are often built on some deliberate alchemy of camp and hyperbole, a certain shrewd sense of the zeitgeist. Read more »

How England’s first wave of heavy metal football conquered Europe | Paul Doyle

In the 1970s and 1980s, English success on the pitch and on stage was rooted in a bleak, uncompromising landscape where the only escape was to become a footballer or start a band Originally published in here, and follow Eight by Eight on Twitter. Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jun/20/how-englands-first-wave-of-heavy-metal-football-conquered-europe

God in the machine: my strange journey into transhumanism

The long read: After losing her faith, a former evangelical Christian felt adrift in the world. She then found solace in a radical technological philosophy but its promises of immortality and spiritual transcendence soon seemed unsettlingly familiar I first read Ray Kurzweils book, The Age of Spiritual Machines, in 2006, a few years after I Read more »

This is everything Burning Man 2016 got wrong about the Renaissance

On October 27, Burning Man announced that their art theme for 2016 will be influenced by the Italian Renaissance in Florence, which they are calling, “Da Vincis Workshop.” I’ve never taken much of an interest in Burning Man, but this caught my eye. I am a Ph.D. student in Art History focused on exactly the Read more »

Carbonara wars: why Italy is right to be mad about a French farfalle travesty

A French websites reinvention of the traditional Italian dish has been condemned for its use of creme fraiche among other unholy tweaks. Heres my version of this gloriously simple dish Nothing is so guaranteed to make the Italian blood boil like a well-salted pan of pasta as a foreigner fiddling with their food. So a Read more »