Alex Ramon lives in London, UK, and teaches English literature and film at Kingston University and the University of Reading. He holds a PhD in English and is the author of the book Liminal Spaces: The Double Art of Carol Shields (2008). In addition to writing and reviewing for PopMatters, British Theatre Guide and The Public Reviews, he's been known to blog here: http://boycottingtrends.blogspot.com/. And to tweet @BoycottTrends.
'Underground' to 'Wonderland': BFI's 'London on Film' Season Celebrates the Nation's Capital | 21 Aug 2015 // 4:01 AM
From Asquith’s Underground (1928) to Winterbottom’s Wonderland (1999), BFI celebrates cinematic representations of the English capital with an ambitious summer season that highlights the city’s continuities and changes.
Cannes 2015: A Flight Over Our Planet - Reflections on the Festival | 28 May 2015 // 4:00 AM
The best films of Cannes 2015? Those with a visceral combination of sound and image that document bodies moving through space and that forge a primal kinetic connection with the viewer.
'The New Girlfriend' Fails to Live Up to François Ozon's Best Work | 13 Sep 2015 // 9:10 PM
Ozon continues to shift genre and bend gender with The New Girlfriend, but the results feel clumsy and calculated when compared with the director’s best work.
Estrella Morente and Carmen Consoli Were Highlights at David Byrne's Meltdown Festival | 28 Aug 2015 // 4:26 AM
Estrella Morente and Carmen Consoli were among the artists who fired up this year’s Meltdown Festival at London’s Southbank Centre, the former with intense flamenco, the latter with punchy pop-rock.
Gdynia Film Festival 2015: Festival Review + '10 Years of Emotions' | 24 Sep 2015 // 8:00 AM
The 40th Gdynia Film Festival, rich in inspiring and original cinema yet marred by an unexpected tragedy, felt like experiencing "ten years of emotions" in six days.
Gdynia Film Festival 2015: '11 Minutes' | 24 Sep 2015 // 7:00 AM
A warning, a wake-up call and one helluva wild ride, Jerzy Skolimowski’s sensational city symphony is the masterpiece of this year’s Gdynia Film Festival.