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.
The Country and the Metropolis: Thomas Hardy, a Divided Man | 8 Mar 2017 // 3:30 AM
Mark Ford's compelling study offers the first thorough account of Thomas Hardy as "a London Man".
Race Explored With Different Degrees of Emphasis: 'Pioneers of African-American Cinema' | 13 Feb 2017 // 9:45 PM
Encompassing documentaries, silent comedy, melodramas and religious films, this collection of early cinema made by American-American filmmakers is fascinating viewing.
Lyricists and Composers are 'Links in a Chain' in Absorbing 'More Songwriters on Songwriting' | 11 Apr 2017 // 9:45 PM
Paul Zollo's book is a satisfying sequel in which composers from Paul Simon to Sia, Elvis Costello to Loretta Lynn, discuss their creative processes.
After Images: Poland's 41st Gdynia Film Festival | 25 Sep 2016 // 9:15 PM
From painters to interrogators, some of the finest films at Gdynia Film Festival 2016 dramatized real-life figures from the country’s past.