The new Spike Lee joint is pretty bizarre and definitely amazing. John David Washington stars as Detective Ron Stallworth, the black police officer who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan. True story, bro.
The film, which takes place in Colorado Springs in the 1970s, is so much of everything. There’s this comical but very serious contrast of telling the story from the perspective of the local KKK group, set against the very real struggle of black people and the Black Panthers fighting for them. Side by side.
There are so many TV shows to choose from these days, and while I think that’s great, I also wouldn’t be the first to say that the ratio of stellar TV dramas to subpar white noise-fillers has been quite underwhelming in recent years. Thankfully, I’ve got just the thing to make you a believer again.
The Split is one of the newest dramas to BBC One, which premiered last Tuesday night. Created by Welsh screenwriter Abi Morgan (The Iron Lady, Shame and Suffragette), it centres around the life of elite divorce lawyer Hannah Stern (Nicola Walker), as she “splits” from the family business and deals with the unexpected return of her estranged father.
The first episode in the six-part series (produced by SundanceTV and the BBC) introduces us to Stern: married, mother of three and increasingly distancing herself from mother and former boss, Ruth Defoe (Deborah Findlay). Following her departure from the firm, she finds herself in direct competition with younger sister Nina (Annabel Scholey) on opposing sides of a case between a comedian and his agent, which is only the beginning of this brewing rivalry. To top it off, 30 years after walking out on them, Stern’s father (Anthony Head) returns the day of his ex-wife’s 70th birthday to pass on a card, and, unbeknownst to him, receive a stern (pun intended) telling off from his eldest daughter.
If you’ve never heard “Samson” by Regina Spektor before (even if you have) you have the absolute privilege of experiencing the eloquently and ridiculously sweet love song in this beautiful way.
Originally from Arizona and now based in LA, American dancer and choreographer Lauren Froderman (also winner of season seven’s So You Think You Can Dance) has been busy writing and producing concept videos of her choreography along to some of her favourite songs. The first uploaded to her YouTube channel was a fun, slippery sequence to “Soap” by Melanie Martinez, and today she released her interpretation of one of Regina Spektor’s most beloved and well-known pieces.
I’m a Bristol-based artist/musician that goes by the name of Eleanor VS. (but my family and friends call me Vanessa). Since I can remember I’ve been annoying my family and neighbours with my incessant singing and guitar-strumming. Also since I was young, I’ve loved to read and write. As I got older I discovered I wasn’t too bad at drawing. I also discovered that films are not only a means of entertainment. Then I did something that really pissed my parents off and left school to pursue all this creative stuff. Because, y’know… art is my religion.
Basically, I’m one of those unbearably annoying people that would say something pretentious and nauseating, like: art is my religion.