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Dorothy Day review: biography of a radical rebel is the masterpiece she deserves

John Loughery and Blythe Randolph achieve wonders in their life story of one of Francis Is four morally exemplary Americans An iconoclast with a long, peripatetic life is an ideal subject for a biography. Add in motley enthusiasms and fierce convictions, plus connections to many of the most audacious artists and activists of her time, Read more »

‘I crack up every time’: comedians’ all-time favourite standup routines

Top comics pick the routines that make them howl with laughter, from Eddie Murphy on Rocky to Eddie Izzard on penknives and Michelle Wolf on womens worst enemies Five sublime minutes about absolutely nothing at all Phil Wang: Andy Dalys routine about nothing BudPod, Phil Wangs podcast with Pierre Novellie, is available on Apple Podcasts, Read more »

David Bowie’s 50 greatest songs ranked!

What more could you ask for, at this bizarre, unnerving and outlandish time, than a roundup of the greatest hits of one of the most bizarre, unnerving and outlandish musicians of all time 50. Let Me Sleep Beside You (1967) A rejected single finally released on a 1970 cash-in compilation, Bowies first collaboration with the Read more »

Why Joker should win the best picture Oscar

Superhero movies have saved Hollywood. And heres one that features a magnetic star turn, takes mental illness seriously and wrestles with the collapse of liberalism Even if it doesnt happen, it would be a good idea for slighted by the Academy and that they 1917 is in pole position to win the big one, but Read more »

Daisy Ridley: JJ Abrams warned me that Star Wars is a religion

She was working in a pub when she was cast in the franchise. Six years and three movies later, is the force still strong? Daisy Ridleys earliest childhood memory is of a party hosted by her parents at their family home in west London, when she was three, maybe four. She was surrounded by grownups, 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 »

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 »

Song of the summer 2019: our writers pick their favourite tracks

From Taylor Swift to Goldlink, Guardian critics highlight their favourite songs of the season MUNA Number One Fan There are plenty more obvious candidates for blockbuster holiday tunes, but if youre the type who pumps Depeche Mode at the pool party, youre going to detect the summer potential of this LA synthpop trios 2019 comeback Read more »

Swinging 60s surrealist Penny Slinger: ‘Collectors thought I came with the art’

She made psychic dolls houses, erotic wedding cakes and full-frontal collages. But the world wasnt ready for her powerful personal visions. Is Lady Picasso about to get her dues? Penelope Slinger has never done anything by halves. She remembers drawing her first really accomplished picture in 1952, when she was four and a half. It Read more »