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). He has published and presented papers on Iris Murdoch, Mordecai Richler, Michael Ondaatje, Guy Maddin, Sarah Polley and Rawi Hage. In addition to writing and reviewing for PopMatters, British Theatre Guide and The Reviews Hub, he's been known to blog here: http://boycottingtrends.blogspot.com/. And to tweet @BoycottTrends.
The Pleasure of New Challenges: An Interview With Andrzej Chyra | 21 Jun 2016 // 10:00 PM
The acclaimed Polish actor talks about collaborating with Warlikowski and Skolimowski, and the pleasure of playing Hippolytus opposite Isabelle Huppert in Phaedra(s).
Cannes 2016: The Verdict of 'The Nine-Headed Beast' (and the Verdict on the Verdict) | 26 May 2016 // 4:30 AM
Cannes 2016 was distinguished by a range of strong films, but the decisions of this year’s Competition jury felt more politically than artistically motivated.
Ralph Fiennes and Vanessa Redgrave Re-team in the Almeida’s Excellent ‘Richard III’ | 19 Jun 2016 // 9:45 PM
Rupert Goold’s spare, intense production divests Richard III of any pantomime associations and boasts an astounding performance from Ralph Fiennes as the treacherous monarch.
Isabelle Huppert Unites the Diverse Strands of Warlikowski's 'Phaedra(s)' | 12 Jun 2016 // 9:05 PM
Krzysztof Warlikowski’s characteristically idiosyncratic production reflects on the legend and legacy of Phaedra as icon – and draws much of its interest from Isabelle Huppert as icon.
'Dissent & Disruption: Alan Clarke at the BBC' Is a Radical Revelation | 10 Jul 2016 // 9:05 PM
Period adaptations, pagan pastorals, hard-hitting experimenta, and Bowie in Brecht: the BFI’s collection of Alan Clarke’s work at the BBC is essential, revelatory viewing.
Cannes 2016: Survivors of Dictatorship Tell Their Stories in 'Hissein Habré, a Chadian Tragedy' | 19 May 2016 // 6:15 AM
Mahamat-Saleh Haroun's spare but searing documentary gives voice to those who suffered under Habré's regime.
Superheroes, Storytellers, Swimmers, and Saints: Cinema Made in Italy 2016 | 7 Mar 2016 // 6:45 AM
Crime dramas, crowd-pleasing comedies, and super-heroes constitute a typically varied programme of films at this year’s “Cinema Made in Italy” showcase at London’s Ciné Lumière.
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.