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.
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.
Cinema Made in Italy, March 5th - March 9th 2015, Ciné Lumière, London | 12 Mar 2015 // 11:00 PM
Mob comedies, reflective looks at wartime, and the Italian financial crisis are all under the gaze of the cameras at the Cinema Made in Italy season.
Barb Jungr Transformed the Music of Nina Simone, Bob Dylan, and Leonard Cohen for City of London | 30 Jun 2015 // 8:58 AM
Two superb and dynamic Barb Jungr shows, both revisiting the work of three of her favourite artists, were among the highlights of this year’s City of London Festival.
Susie Glaze and the HiLonesome Band: Not That Kind of Girl | 24 Jun 2015 // 9:10 PM
The fourth album from the neo-traditionalists finds them continuing to mine and hone their Celtic and bluegrass influences to appealing and dynamic effect.
Cannes 2015: Todd Haynes' 'Carol' Could Have Been Better | 17 May 2015 // 8:45 AM
Todd Haynes' adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's 1952 lesbian love story is a sumptuous visual treat, but the novel's emotional content has been softened and simplified.
Cannes 2015: Woody Allen's 'Irrational Man' Is More of the Same | 16 May 2015 // 7:00 AM
The 2015 Cannes Film Festival finds Woody Allen mining the same tropes of crimes and misdemeanors that he does with each film.