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Peter Hoskin is formerly editor of Coffee House, the Spectator blog.


By, with, of and for Kim Kardashian — keeping up with Kulture

30 May 2015
Selfish Kim Kardashian

Universe Publishing, pp.352, £11.95, ISBN: 9780789329202

The almond eyes that rise towards their outer edges. The cheekbones that curve down to the corners of those upholstered lips. The dark strands of hair that fall wisplike on… Read more

A still from the indie game Monument Valley

How gaming grew up

28 March 2015

Sometimes a guy feels abstracted from the world. He visits Europe’s finest galleries, but the paintings seem to hang like corpses from the walls. The great symphonies fail to stir… Read more

Turning Japanese: ‘Spirited Away’ by Hayao Miyazaki, who has influenced Pixar’s latest offering, Big Hero 6

How Japan became a pop culture superpower

31 January 2015

There is an island nation, just off the main body of a continent. It gained an empire from the force of its military and the finesse of its trading contracts.… Read more

Brian Blessed as Prince Vultan and Sam J. Jones as Flash in ‘Flash Gordon’, part of the BFI ‘Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder’ season

Without sci-fi, there would be no cinema

11 October 2014

Do you know what’s hateful? The snobbery that film fans have to contend with. There’s the ‘it’s only a movie’ snobbery, by which cinema is suitable only for wastrels and… Read more


20,000 Days On Earth: is Nick Cave the missing link? Or the next stage in evolution?

20 September 2014
20,000 Days on Earth 15, Key Cities

Inspired by Justin Bieber’s Never Say Never (2011), Katy Perry’s Part of Me (2012) and One Direction’s This Is Us (2013), Nick Cave has released a documentary about himself. No… Read more

Whoop! The 1985 Gay Pride march through central London

Ignore the simplistic politics, Pride will make you laugh and cry

13 September 2014
Pride 15, Nationwide

1984 and all that. Which side were you on? The side of Margaret Thatcher, her hairdo and person standing rigid against a rising tide of industrial activism and British declinism?… Read more

Inhuman being: Scarlett Johansson as Lucy

Lucy: the shoot-outs, car chases and mysteries of the universe

23 August 2014
Lucy 15, Nationwide

Here’s an idea for an article: The Tree of Life (2011) is the most influential film of the past decade. There’s quite a strong case to be made. Everything from… Read more

Diceman no. 5 by Pat Mills and Hunt Emerson

A comic drawn by Bob Monkhouse in which a superhero battles giant penises? Yes, it’s all here

28 June 2014
Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK British Library

Fwoooosh! That, were someone to write a strip about it, would be the sound of a thousand comic books going up in flames. They used to do that, you know;… Read more

Engaging: Angelina Jolie as Maleficent

I suspected Maleficent would be terrible from the very first shot

31 May 2014
Maleficent PG, Nationwide

If a gang of knife-wielding toddlers ever presses you for the name of the best Disney film, Sleeping Beauty (1959) is a pretty good answer. It has everything you expect… Read more


Batman: from midnight monster to pop-tacular star. Kapow!

26 April 2014

‘Well, Commissioner, anything exciting happening these days?’ Those were the first words — all seven of ’em — spoken by a new character introduced in the May 1939 issue of… Read more

Ready to swoosh: Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man, aka Peter Parker

The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Too much bang-bang, not enough kiss-kiss

19 April 2014
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 12A, Nationwide

Have you seen that pizza with a cheeseburger crust? If not, just imagine a normal pizza, except where the pizza ought to end — and civilised society begin — there’s… Read more

Crack team: Matt Damon and George Clooney in ‘The Monuments Men’

Bury every copy of Monuments Men in mines across Europe, so George Clooney can try again

15 February 2014
The Monuments Men 12A, Nationwide

You know that old quip ‘I’m not just a pretty face’? I always thought it was meant to be said tongue-in-cheek, with an undertone of self-deprecation. Surely it’s not for… Read more

Illustration by Alex Fine

Is Hollywood finally waking up to the talents of women? Nah

25 January 2014

There is, we all know, only one anniversary that matters this year: 20 March 2014, 50 years since The Twilight Zone episode ‘The Masks’ was first beamed into America’s cathode-ray… Read more

Winning games: Sam Claflin and Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence is plain brilliant in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

23 November 2013
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 12A, Nationwide

In the future, everyone will have silly names. Some people will be called Haymitch Abernathy. Others will be Effie Trinket or Finnick Odair. And they’ll all live in various districts,… Read more

Scary monsters: the demon from Jacques Tourneur’s 1957 film

How I learned to start screaming and love the horror movie

2 November 2013

Buddy, you can keep your Christmases and your Easters, your Hanukkahs and your Eids. For someone like me, the annual celebration that really matters is the one that falls on… Read more

Bad idea: Naomi Watts as Diana

No rest for Diana - the biopic of the late princess is so inept it's not even hagiography

21 September 2013
Diana 12A, Nationwide

Someone who knows their Dianaology will have to fill me in – did this actually happen? The late Princess Di is walking through central Portofino in Italy. She’s being jostled… Read more

Trigger happy: Channing Tatum as John Cale

White House Down is Roland Emmerich’s Hedda Gabler

14 September 2013
White House Down 12A, Nationwide

Just do it, quoth the Nike advert — and these men just did it. Grass, asphalt, fear, pain, doubt and limitation; all surpassed in the pursuit of human excellence. The… Read more


Another Self-Portrait isn't just for the Bobsessives

14 September 2013

So, there’s this guy called Bob Dylan and, across just seven years in the 1960s, he’d released nine albums that were already legendary. The Times They Are a-Changin’, Highway 61… Read more


Climb aboard the runaway train

17 August 2013

Brother, can you spare me a train? Or maybe just a Pullman carriage or two? There are so many brilliant films set on trains that I’d love to screen some… Read more


Chronicle of a Summer: Reality TV decades before it had a name

29 June 2013

Here’s a documentary called Chronicle of a Summer. Which summer? Why, the summer of 1960, in Paris, when fag-end colonial struggles were burning away in Algeria and other parts of… Read more

Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke in ‘Before Midnight’

Film review: Before Midnight is a perfectly crafted movie

22 June 2013
Before Midnight 15, Key Cities

To quote the watch adverts, here’s a timepiece that will last a lifetime: the Doomsday Clock. And the reason it will last that long? Because when it stops, so will… Read more

Girl Power: Mark Millar's Hit-Girl. Original artwork by Dave Johnson.

Comic-book writer Mark Millar interviewed

11 May 2013

In purely demographic terms, Mark Millar isn’t too different from the rest of us. He’s a middle-aged, wiry-haired, churchgoing Scot with two kids. He subscribes to The Spectator, and enjoys… Read more

Still from George Romero's 'Knightriders' (1981)

Knightriders on DVD

11 May 2013

A knight and his lady awaken, naked in the forest. She pins up her embroidered gown while he begins his ablutions in a pond. Thwack! Thwack! Thwack! He plants a… Read more


Caitlin Rose's The Stand-In: a fantastic album from a fantastic girl

30 March 2013

Caitlin Rose, Caitlin Rose, Caitlin Rose. I’d feel awkward admitting that I’m rather obsessed with this Nashville chanteuse, were it not for a mitigating truth: you should be, too. Her… Read more

Kirsty Wark and Martha Kearny move to BBC4  Photo: BBC/Alan Peebles

The future of arts broadcasting

23 March 2013

Under the stewardship of John Reith, the BBC was godlier than it is today. In fact, when Broadcasting House was first opened in central London, Director General Reith made sure… Read more