Oscars

‘If I get an adrenaline rush, something’s gone wrong’: An interview with Free Solo’s Alex Honnold

9 February 2019 9:00 am

If you slip you die. So what makes Alex Honnold do it?

Emotionally devastating: Richard E. Grant and Melissa McCarthy in Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Rivetingly moving: Can You Ever Forgive Me? reviewed

2 February 2019 9:00 am

Can You Ever Forgive Me? is a true story based on the 2008 memoir of Lee Israel, the writer who…

The only ones to come out of Dogman well are the dogs

Bleak, unflinching, oppressive, violent – and magical: Dogman reviewed

20 October 2018 9:00 am

Matteo Garrone’s Dogman, which is Italy’s entry for the foreign language Oscar next year, is bleak, unflinching, oppressive, masculine (very),…

Discomfort and joy: the director Ruben Ostlund, whose films are funny but subtly savage

The subtly savage world of filmmaker Ruben Ostlund

17 March 2018 9:00 am

Ruben Ostlund’s films scrape away the veneer of liberal civility to reveal our true animal nature. Jasper Rees meets him

Girls having mums. That’s where it’s at: Saoirse Ronan as Lady Bird and Laurie Metcalf as Marion

I liked Shape of Water well enough but Lady Bird is where it’s at

17 February 2018 9:00 am

Lady Bird is a semi-autobiographical film written and directed by Greta Gerwig with a plot synopsis that need not detain…

Basic instinct: Paul Verhoeven has long been fascinated by the idea of rape

Misogynist or feminist? The murky world of director Paul Verhoeven

18 March 2017 9:00 am

Misogynist or feminist? Tobias Grey enters the murky world of controversial director Paul Verhoeven

Portrait of the week

4 March 2017 9:00 am

Home Sir John Major, the former prime minister, made a speech at Chatham House in which he called the referendum…

The latest paedophilia debacle from Operation Hydrant

4 March 2017 9:00 am

Chief Constable Simon Bailey, who heads Operation Hydrant, the police investigation of ‘non-recent’ child abuse cases, now says that paedophiles…

Star power

4 March 2017 9:00 am

Donald Trump and the end of the age of celebrity

Never tell a joke that your enemies can twist

4 March 2017 9:00 am

When Kingsley Amis won the Booker prize for The Old Devils in 1986, he said that he had previously thought…

A film that dares to suggest that paedophile priests may be capable of holiness

26 March 2016 9:00 am

Damian Thompson admires a Chilean film about paedophile priests which, unlike Spotlight, dares to explore social and psychological complexities

Oscars goodie bags should take a tip from the Roman emperors

20 February 2016 9:00 am

There was something admirable about the spirit of careful mockery behind the doggy bags on offer to the finalists in…

The original Dolly Sisters (Photo: Getty)

Trump’s appeal can be summed up in five words

30 January 2016 9:00 am

The Dolly Sisters were off to Davos last week for the World Economic Forum: Nat Rothschild and Sebastian Taylor in…

The Oscars surrender to the golden age of protest

30 January 2016 9:00 am

Are we living in a golden age of protest? A bunch of aggrieved citizens only has to raise a murmur…

I hate to admit it, but Spike Lee is right about the Oscars and racism

23 January 2016 9:00 am

In 2017 it will be exactly 50 years since a dapper Sidney Poitier announced to Rod Steiger, in the excellent…

Electrifying: Marlon Brando as a young man

Self-pitying, despairing, often delusional: the real Marlon Brando

24 October 2015 9:00 am

Listen to Me Marlon is a documentary portrait of Marlon Brando that has him burbling into your ear for 102…

The ascent of man: Michael Kelly as Jon Krakauer

All about the climb (and little else): Everest reviewed

19 September 2015 8:00 am

‘Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side,’ sang Miley Cyrus. ‘It’s the climb.’ She’s not usually a musician to…

Turn this play into a film and it’ll win Oscars – Hollywood can’t resist a posh Brit battling disability

1 August 2015 9:00 am

God, what a title. The Gathered Leaves. It sounds like a tremulous weepie about grief and endurance with a closing…

Miriam Gross’s diary: Why use Freud and Kurt Weill to promote Wagner?

7 March 2015 9:00 am

Last week I went to the exhilarating English National Opera production of Wagner’s The Mastersingers — five hours of wonderful…

Oh joy! Sean Penn has tried to crack a joke

28 February 2015 9:00 am

What a pleasure it is to see the Hollywood actor Sean Penn neck deep in PC ordure. The rodentine thespian…

My four great loves were unrequited (though I had a chance with Ginger Rogers)

24 January 2015 9:00 am

I had a short chat with BBC radio concerning the actor Jack Nicholson, whom I knew slightly during the Seventies…

What backing singers are really thinking behind the ‘ooh, ooh, oohs’

29 March 2014 9:00 am

Have you ever looked at backing singers and thought: what is their story? Do they or have they ever prayed…

What 12 Years a Slave gets wrong – and The Book Thief gets right

8 March 2014 9:00 am

Damn, damn, damn! It has to be me, and all these years I’ve been thinking it was Hollywood. By the…

And the prize for most fatuous awards ceremony goes to...

15 February 2014 9:00 am

Awards ceremonies grow ever sillier and more self-important

Joan Collins's notebook: Captain Phillips is great, but Gravity sent me to sleep

16 November 2013 9:00 am

All eyes on the Philippines this week, and rightly so. Godspeed to those American and British ships making their way…