Alexander Larman

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Saturday, 22 February 2020

Why James Bond themes, good, bad and ugly, have a special place in our culture

Billie Eilish’s eponymous theme for the new Bond film, No Time To Die, was released last week, to surprised murmurs …

By Alexander Larman

Saturday, 15 February 2020

Leopoldstadt review - wise, weary and heartbreakingly sad

A poll the other day revealed that more than nine out of ten members of Momentum, the pro-Corbyn “party within …

By Alexander Larman

Saturday, 8 February 2020

Educating Rita 40 years on - few plays have enjoyed such a rich afterlife

Educating Rita, Willy Russell’s great, wise play about the value of education and class, is now 40 years old. Somehow, …

By Alexander Larman

Saturday, 1 February 2020

Dickens adaptations could do with more of Iannucci’s joie de vivre

As the old saying doesn’t quite go, you wait all year for an adaptation of Charles Dickens, and then three …

By Alexander Larman

Saturday, 25 January 2020

Sex Education series 2 review - splendidly bingeworthy

Something that American television and cinema has always done much better than the British equivalent is the high school comedy. …

By Alexander Larman

Saturday, 18 January 2020

Elton John's Me - hilarious, jaw-droppingly candid memoir

In our increasingly dull and sanitised age, where our rock and pop idols tend to be the privately educated milquetoast …

By Alexander Larman

Saturday, 11 January 2020

Jojo Rabbit review - well-executed very serious farce

Making a comedy about the Nazis is a bold and immensely dangerous undertaking. For every example of it working, usually …

By Alexander Larman

Saturday, 21 December 2019

Rise of Skywalker romp is a worthy finale to the Star Wars franchise

Writing for a now defunct film publication a decade ago, I was given a comprehensive series of briefing notes. One …

By Alexander Larman

Saturday, 14 December 2019

Motherless Brooklyn review - highly watchable with an air of melancholy

Most actors, at some point, fancy a crack at directing, in the spirit of “anything some hack can do, I …

By Alexander Larman