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The Movie: The Skin I Live In

A mad plastic surgeon, a woman kept captive, a revolutionary new human skin, an attempted rape, sophisticated interiors, a man kept underground in just his dirty underpants… it can only be the new movie from Spanish enfant terrible Pedro Almodóvar. … Continue reading

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The TV: Page Eight

When it comes to television, rarely if ever has a programme had so much class. In fact it has class coming out of its ass. It is Page Eight and it is David Hare’s first original screenplay in two whole … Continue reading

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The Meet-and-Greet: Confessions of a Mormon Boy

‘Moving’, ‘funny’, ‘powerful’, ‘hot man in pants’… the accolades for Confessions of a Mormon Boy have been off the scale. The basic everyday story of a good Mormon lad who becomes a high-class hooker and major drugs whore in New … Continue reading

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The Club: Downtown

We can count the number of things that will drag us non-kicking and screaming across the river on two fingers… one we can’t mention here without a bit of US-style puritanical pixellation, the other is Downtown, that cracking night of … Continue reading

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The Boot: Unconditional Rocco

Welcome to our new favourite boot. It’s shiny in all the right places, is three-tone to your common-or-garden two- (suede, plain leather and patent leather. This boot’s on fire!), elevates the wearer without getting cocky about it, can pull itself … Continue reading

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The Musical: South Pacific

The handsome thing is Paolo Szot, the openly out gay homosexual who won a Tony for his work in South Pacific at New York’s Lincoln Centre, the very same South Pacific that he is starring in at The Barbican round … Continue reading

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The Film: In A Better World

Anyone who likes the work of German cineaste Michael Haneke of The White Ribbon and Hidden fame (have you ever heard a more erudite opening remark on the Jake Briefing? We’ve impressed ourselves!), will be very interested in the Best … Continue reading

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The Books: Tattooed Penguins

The London riots found that people certainly don’t loot books (well, you need to browse really, don’t you? You can’t just go in and grab), but does anyone still actually buy them? The smart people over at Penguin certainly seem … Continue reading

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The Evening: Celebrating Terence Conran

As we all mourn the passing of Habitat by crying into our Helena Christensen designed pillows (we know she did a lamp – it wouldn’t work with this joke though), at least we get the chance to celebrate the 80th … Continue reading

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The Film Festival: FrightFest

According to research that we don’t really have time to go into right now, gays like scary films. Maybe it’s the affinity with overbearing mothers, maybe it’s the affinity with asymmetric hairstyles, maybe it’s the fact that once you’ve seen … Continue reading

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