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 for PopMatters, British Theatre Guide, Polari and The Public Reviews, he’s been known to blog here: http://boycottingtrends.blogspot.com/. And to tweet @BoycottTrends.
Wednesday, October 3 2012
The next best thing to listening to a Tori album? Listening to live Tori. And watching Tori. And reading about Tori. And, well, you get the picture. PopMatters give you a rundown of some of Amos’ must-have audio, visual, and literary supplements.
Sunday, September 30 2012
Constructing characters, adapting archetypes, blurring personas and myths, Tori Amos’s work is characterized by a fascination with selfhood and its transformation. In this first essay in the PopMatters Performer Spotlight series, Alex Ramon gets under the skin of identity and image, Amos-style.
Monday, November 16 2009
A true passion for cinema is something that effortlessly shines through the work of the greatest filmmakers. We've seen homages to classic films, in this year alone, in Quentin Tarantino's Inglorious Basterds, Judd Apatow's Funny People and Lee Daniels' Precious, but no contemporary director references film history as commandingly as Almodovar.
Sunday, December 7 2014
An illuminating, queer theory-influenced study of the work of one of Britain's most distinctive filmmakers.
Tuesday, December 2 2014
Despite ill health almost curtailing this series of shows, Marianne Faithfull proved to be in funny, fierce, formidable and fascinating form at her Royal Festival Hall concert in London, the only UK stop on her 50th Anniversary World Tour.
Thursday, November 13 2014
Now in the 50th year of her career, Faithfull delivers a vibrant, haunted and haunting set of songs that look to the past and the future.
Tuesday, June 25 2013
After an extended hiatus, the Scottish band return with their best, most beguiling album since their late '90s heyday.
Monday, April 15 2013
Charming covers from a retro four-piece.
Monday, October 20 2014
We conclude our coverage of this year’s London Film Festival with Mike Leigh’s long-anticipated biopic of J.M.W. Turner: a languorous, immersive, richly detailed work that surpasses expectations.
Friday, October 17 2014
A pupil/teacher story dressed up as a battle-of-wits thriller, the pushy, over-hyped Whiplash fails to impress.
Thursday, October 16 2014
Two films focused on ageing characters yield contrasting results. Tom Browne’s Radiator is an exquisite, intimate family portrait, but Israel Horovitz’s My Old Lady feels entirely fake.
Tuesday, October 14 2014
Two well-made, humane films focus on the lives of maths prodigies: Morgan Matthews’ modestly-scaled X Plus Y and Morten Tyldum’s epic Alan Turing biopic, The Imitation Game.
Monday, October 13 2014
Issues of gender identity and sexuality come under scrutiny in today’s reviewed films: the latest genre-hopper from François Ozon, and Ester Martin Bergsmark’s explicit teen love story.