We got our first look at part two of Peter Jackson’s epic three-film adaptation of JRR Tolkien’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ prequel ‘The Hobbit’ last week. As our reviewer Keith Uhlich enthuses, this is a much pacier, more action-heavy film than its rather chatty, slapsticky predecessor ‘An Unexpected Journey’. Kicking off with a shapeshifting bear-man on the rampage and climaxing with Smaug the dragon in full flight, the film doesn’t sit still for a moment, cramming the screen with marauding orcs, man-eating spiders, pratfalling dwarves, pompous elves, untrustworthy man-folk and one seriously unconvinced hobbit. Along the way we get to witness arguably the most complex action sequence of Jackson’s career – it involves barrels, bows and arrows and more death-defying leaps than you can count – and some rather silly, rather sweet elf-on-dwarf flirting.
All in all, as Uhlich suggests, this is a film for those who’ve already bought into Jackson’s fantasy universe. If you’re looking for dramatic heft and real-world drama you might want to go elsewhere, but if all you want is to lose yourself for 161 minutes in total, spectacular escapism, look no further.
Have you seen Pinterest’s snazzy new place-pinboards? They mash pinboards up with a rather nicely designed map showing the location of each pin, which is pretty great if you’re pinning places you’ve been or would like to visit.
We’ve kicked things off by bringing our Christmas guide, 50 best restaurants and 50 best bars to Pinterest, so you can easily find the amazing stuff that happens to be nearby. And we’ll be adding more area guides, best-ofs and round-ups in the coming weeks and months.
It’s a known fact that Londoners are looking pretty fashionable these days. Whether you’re in Peckham or Hackney, style-savvy individuals can be spotted everywhere. Here are a few – of the many – best dressed in Soho: Read the full post…
FILM: Saving Mr Banks★★★★★ In this delightful movie, Emma Thompson plays ‘Mary Poppins’ author Pamela Travers. Thompson takes the audience along with her in an Oscar-worthy performance, as she portrays Travers’s leap from disgruntled prune to kite flying optimist. The rest of the cast don’t disappoint: Tom Hanks paints a masterly portrait of Walt Disney as a complex, benevolent visionary (his dark side is mostly overlooked) who spars deliciously with Travers. Colin Farrell is a revelation as Travers’s beloved alcoholic Aussie dad – sweet and carefree, but also beset by personal demons. And Rachel Griffiths convincingly plays the super efficient great-aunt who rescues the Travers family from disintegration – and the character is instantly recognisable as the Down-Under source of the nanny with the black umbrella. Ewan Comrie In cinemas now. Read the full post…
Sink the Pink are pushing the boundaries in further directions with their new venture. The no-holds-barred tranny disco and dress-up jolly is no longer just Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club’s finest tranny cabaret-meets-naked-bears night. It’s now a clothing range, too. Featuring t-shirts of Mickey Mouse penises and giant bananas peeling back to reveal hot pink phalluses, mesh dresses, harlequin-patterned sportswear and water-tight cycling shorts bearing the name of the now-legendary club night, the designs are based on the décor of the club. Glyn and Amy, who are the brains (and legs) behind the all-singing muck-up night have a slight obsession with all things fluoro and 90s, and this shines through. Fans of moody black might not take to this one too easily. Read the full post…
December. It’s a time for office parties, too many mince pies and Christmas shopping. The latter is dreaded by all sane people, with thousands descending on Oxford Street, rushing from shop to shop with a desperate look on their face that says ‘the end is nigh’. Well, maybe it’s about time you started enjoying Christmas shopping. This is where excellent women’s magazine BUST’s London Christmas Craftacular comes in.
On Sunday December 8, York Hall will be converted into a Christmas shopping craft dream come true. There will be over 65 vendors, music by Madame Frou Frou and free goodie bags for the first 100 through the door. London’s top sustainable fashion designers will be setting up the first ‘Boobtique’ to promote ethical fashion consuming and you can even enter a charity raffle to be in the running for some fantastic prizes. It’s about time Christmas shopping got fun.
BUST Christmas Craftacular is taking place on Sunday December 8 (12pm-6pm) at York Hall, E2 9PJ. Enter the raffle (before December 9) at supermarketsarah.com
Never trust a skinhead hairdresser. Or a skinny baker. What you want is someone that fully embraces what they do, even if it means dyeing their hair pink or getting a bit chubby after too many cupcakes. Step forward meat master and ‘rotund’ chef (their own words) Will Dee, aka the Fat Butcher. Having honed his skills at St John and the Canton Arms, he’s now cooking at Kentish Town gastropub the Grafton, which showcases simple, ingredient-led pub fare on a frequently changing menu that might feature cuts of meat sold by weight, juicy sausages, pies, potted pork and more.
There’s no doubt about it, Christmas is the priciest time of the year. Outfits are needed for parties, presents have to be bought, and all those mugs of mulled wine start to add up. Don’t panic though, we’re going to let you in on a festive secret to help save your bank account. Read the full post…
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