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Transit by Rachel Cusk

Brilliant! Hope Cusk gets mores out like this and Outline soon. Not sure about the Man Ray covers though. The books read like life, fresh and witty. Hard to do justice in this clumsy review. Occasionally her stories about builders and hairdressers have a hint of middle-class fantasy. But read this.
by jasperjoffe
Mon Nov 21, 2016 3:54 pm
 
Forum: Books
Topic: Transit by Rachel Cusk
Replies: 0
Views: 1158

The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016

Full disclosure: my photo was rejected for this! One thing I wonder as I wander among all the high def pictures of people with sorry lives is Does an interesting/tragic subject make a good portrait? I liked the picture of a girl on her mobile phone because it was ordinary and not super sharp. Is pho...
by jasperjoffe
Mon Nov 21, 2016 3:44 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016
Replies: 0
Views: 1447

Beyond Caravaggio at National Gallery

https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/beyond-caravaggio

One of those shows where the headline artist has a few paintings, and the rest are under the influence. Still it's a perfectly agreeable show of chiaroscuro. And the Caravaggios do stand out.
by jasperjoffe
Mon Nov 21, 2016 3:40 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Beyond Caravaggio at National Gallery
Replies: 0
Views: 180

James Ensor at Royal Academy

Not bad. Not great. One of those artists that painter love to love.
by jasperjoffe
Mon Nov 21, 2016 3:37 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: James Ensor at Royal Academy
Replies: 0
Views: 199

hot box via deliveroo

disappointing ribs, not tender, spicy, fatty or tasty enough. a bit dry. The chicken was overpriced and flavourless.
by jasperjoffe
Mon Sep 19, 2016 7:56 pm
 
Forum: Food and general consumption
Topic: hot box via deliveroo
Replies: 0
Views: 1187

halt and catch fire

Very enjoyable for those who remember amigas and commodores. Possibly also for those who don't.
by jasperjoffe
Mon Sep 19, 2016 7:55 pm
 
Forum: Television
Topic: halt and catch fire
Replies: 0
Views: 1137

old tate modern galleries

near the Rothko room are some galleries full of paintings and sculptures. there are windows with natural light coming in. You can wander around looking at some good things (trying to block the sound of clicks and beeps from digital shutters) and for once the welling hatred of TM is not there. Bravo ...
by jasperjoffe
Mon Sep 19, 2016 7:54 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: old tate modern galleries
Replies: 0
Views: 246

Olympics bbc

The jingo only brits matter coverage fails to obscure the joy and tragedy of great sport.
by jasperjoffe
Sat Aug 20, 2016 6:43 pm
 
Forum: Television
Topic: Olympics bbc
Replies: 0
Views: 179

Alex katz at serpentine gallery

Not his best. Scrubby paint doesn't do much. The colours are a bit grimey. And the cool calligraphic images blown up or repeated don't zing like i remember. Perhaps an off day for me looking. I missed milton avery.
by jasperjoffe
Sat Aug 20, 2016 6:42 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Alex katz at serpentine gallery
Replies: 0
Views: 289

New Tate Modern

see Old Tate Modern
Absolute disdain for art.
by jasperjoffe
Sat Jun 18, 2016 4:05 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: New Tate Modern
Replies: 0
Views: 420

Lemonade Beyonce

Good. Like her varied styles in this. The video strains for artistic credibility but at least she's (very) ambitious. And I found the sound quality excellent streaming via Bluetooth from my phone to speaker! Who knew?
by jasperjoffe
Tue May 10, 2016 1:09 pm
 
Forum: Music
Topic: Lemonade Beyonce
Replies: 0
Views: 1465

Casual, amazon prime tv series

Another one of those dark dysfunctional family tv shows, as watchable as all the rest, but lacking punch or real truth.
by jasperjoffe
Tue May 10, 2016 1:08 pm
 
Forum: Television
Topic: Casual, amazon prime tv series
Replies: 0
Views: 428

A trip to Echo Springs by Olivia Laing

Pretty good. Her own observations and experiences are the best bit and you're left wanting more of that and less of the potted lit history. I'll drink to that!
by jasperjoffe
Tue May 10, 2016 1:07 pm
 
Forum: Books
Topic: A trip to Echo Springs by Olivia Laing
Replies: 0
Views: 455

Peforming for the camera TATE MODERN

http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/performing-camera Not very good. A third of the pictures are of unclothed women, which is a bit retro (even if it's often naked women for some other noble purpose). There are lots of dull photos of interesting things (at the time), in black fra...
by jasperjoffe
Tue May 10, 2016 1:05 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Peforming for the camera TATE MODERN
Replies: 0
Views: 232

Joy a movie

Actually not bad. Apart from the terrible voiceover, Jlaw and De Niro are good, and refreshing to have a female protagonist and no romance, the suburban US life is well-realised in its 80s glory.
by jasperjoffe
Tue May 10, 2016 1:01 pm
 
Forum: Movies
Topic: Joy a movie
Replies: 0
Views: 1478

girls series 5 or whatever

The worst bit is hannah as teacher
by jasperjoffe
Wed Mar 02, 2016 1:41 pm
 
Forum: Television
Topic: girls series 5 or whatever
Replies: 0
Views: 385

a house in st John's wood by Matthew spender

Fascinating. All the strange warping which is family. Old pointless battles rehashed. An alien England and politics. Massively readable.
by jasperjoffe
Wed Mar 02, 2016 1:39 pm
 
Forum: Books
Topic: a house in st John's wood by Matthew spender
Replies: 0
Views: 401

Re: Brooklyn

I thought this film was cliched shit..slowpaced and with little feel for how strange nyc would have been for an immigrant probably cos they had no money for city scenes
by jasperjoffe
Wed Mar 02, 2016 1:36 pm
 
Forum: Movies
Topic: Brooklyn
Replies: 2
Views: 668

Bridge of spies by spielberg

Bridge of spies was complete crap. Amazing that this floppy schmaltzy nonsense is even reviewed by film critics. WHAT IS THE POINT OF FILM REVIEWERS, have they given up?? Here are some examples of reviews: But when a film is as enjoyable as this one, its timing so sweet, and its atmosphere conjured ...
by jasperjoffe
Mon Jan 18, 2016 10:00 pm
 
Forum: Movies
Topic: Bridge of spies by spielberg
Replies: 0
Views: 274

Re: Giacometti at National Portrait Gallery

thanks CAP. the ds portrait is mannered in usual way, with the background just some space in the background!
by jasperjoffe
Wed Dec 09, 2015 12:28 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Giacometti at National Portrait Gallery
Replies: 2
Views: 720

Giacometti at National Portrait Gallery

Bad Painter. Good Sculptor. I loved the lumps, small bronze mountains, of men with their heads in skinny profile. A kind of dimensional head fuck. The paintings looked sub-Bacon, very dated feel, just the same existentialist style applied again and again. The composition static, the figure bang in t...
by jasperjoffe
Tue Dec 08, 2015 1:46 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Giacometti at National Portrait Gallery
Replies: 2
Views: 720

red oaks amazon tv

Sort of OK, if you have 80s nostalgia, a bit porkies, but more freaks and geeks, with a sentimental streak. Not sure what the tone is, but it's mildly diverting.
by jasperjoffe
Sat Oct 24, 2015 2:31 pm
 
Forum: Television
Topic: red oaks amazon tv
Replies: 0
Views: 812

bo drake greek street

another pointless place serving the usual expensive nonsense like a thimble of pulled pork or ribs smothered in sauce or buns or whatever's today's fad. They were out of sake and the cocktails were mediocre, and you eat something that you could make better yourself or must have been good somewhere o...
by jasperjoffe
Sat Oct 24, 2015 2:29 pm
 
Forum: Food and general consumption
Topic: bo drake greek street
Replies: 0
Views: 1280

Re: Monya Flannigan ‘Earth, Sky, Body’ @ Gimpel Fils

a touch of the graham sutherlands
by jasperjoffe
Sat Oct 24, 2015 2:22 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Monya Flannigan ‘Earth, Sky, Body’ @ Gimpel Fils
Replies: 1
Views: 666

World goes pop at Tate Modern

I hate the tate modern, oh it's good that there's a big modern art museum in London don't get me wrong, but the whole place reeks of contemp(t) for the art itself and respect for moving people around and selling souvenirs. The world goes pop isn't very good, a rag bag of pop art from around the glob...
by jasperjoffe
Sat Oct 24, 2015 2:19 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: World goes pop at Tate Modern
Replies: 1
Views: 483

Ai WeiWei at Royal Academy (actually seen)

I felt like I'd seen most of it before, take a contemporary form (furniture, vitrine, chandelier, pile) and add a bit of knowing Chinese cliché, or worthy politics, throw in some crafty production values to give a pleasing aesthetic. Can't remember where I've seen the joined up crazy tables, but cer...
by jasperjoffe
Wed Sep 30, 2015 2:26 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Ai WeiWei at Royal Academy (actually seen)
Replies: 0
Views: 512

The Age of Adaline

Not the double life of Veronique, or Benjamin button, but the sort of hokey nonsense that I enjoy. Blake Lively plays a woman who never ages, which means she ends up going out with the son of an old lover (h. ford). The mess of this situation is never explored. And the ridiculous portentous voiceove...
by jasperjoffe
Mon Sep 28, 2015 2:59 pm
 
Forum: Movies
Topic: The Age of Adaline
Replies: 0
Views: 499

Ai WeiWei at Royal Academy

brave for standing up to oppressive Chinese govt. but shit banksyish art. http://www.randian-online.com/np_feature/getting-over-ai-weiwei/ Paul Gladston http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/exhibitions/ai-weiwei-at-the-royal-academy-exhibition-review-high-on-spectacle-but-sometimes-weiwei-seems-like-a...
by jasperjoffe
Tue Sep 15, 2015 12:39 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Ai WeiWei at Royal Academy
Replies: 1
Views: 643

kouros in athens archaeological museum

Outstanding. About 12 feet. One arm missing. Marble offering to poseidon. A beautiful man. Knees and thighs carved expressively. With all the people gawping and photoing and noising, it stands silent and awesome. The athens arch. Museum is wonderful. The shop an afterthought. Cool room after room of...
by jasperjoffe
Mon Sep 07, 2015 8:23 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: kouros in athens archaeological museum
Replies: 0
Views: 383

straight outta compton

was looking forward, but filled with clichés and no illumination. Who were these guys, what made them special/ how DID they get outta compton? or better what does the violence they reflect/describe/ sometimes seem to encourage mean in terms of race/class/place? Instead we get some stuff about contra...
by jasperjoffe
Wed Sep 02, 2015 4:41 pm
 
Forum: Movies
Topic: straight outta compton
Replies: 0
Views: 390

chili sauce in greece / Athens

The Parthenon and other temples are very beautiful. Athens is wonderful, no high rises, everything to scale, African or eastern light or something, and the madding crowd of tourist worship self at the acropolis, which is right. But why oh why do they not serve chilli sauce with their souvlakia and g...
by jasperjoffe
Wed Sep 02, 2015 4:38 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: chili sauce in greece / Athens
Replies: 1
Views: 521

true detective series 2

Not very good. Vince and colin take up the mantle. And they can't inject the clichéd dialogue any energy. The background isn't as beguiling either. All big portent without potent.
by jasperjoffe
Mon Jul 27, 2015 2:44 pm
 
Forum: Television
Topic: true detective series 2
Replies: 0
Views: 557

Agnes martin and sonia delaunay at tate modern

Sonia gets three stars. Agnes gets one. Strangely the wall plaque refers to sonia in the first person. Agnes really is thin. Just wobbly pencil and pastel bands. Sonia has more meat in the soup. With time most old abstraction looks good . A little yellowing and crazing helps to bring history into th...
by jasperjoffe
Sun Jul 26, 2015 8:01 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: Agnes martin and sonia delaunay at tate modern
Replies: 0
Views: 585

stages of restaurant-going grief

Entry: optimism, new place, good reviews, regional, highly recommended. this is going to be good, despite patronising waitress seating you at group table when the place is empty. Despite sub-school chairs and rickety trestle tables. despite the inability of the bar staff to make basic cocktails. Pri...
by jasperjoffe
Sat Jul 11, 2015 9:27 am
 
Forum: Food and general consumption
Topic: stages of restaurant-going grief
Replies: 0
Views: 781

Louie

In the past have pooh-poohed it, now decided it's very good, esp. the parker posey episodes, captures some of new yorks magic.
by jasperjoffe
Mon Jun 15, 2015 7:28 pm
 
Forum: Television
Topic: Louie
Replies: 0
Views: 498

mad max new one

not very good, good only in the road linearity of it, the refugees from Americas next top model are rubbish, mad max is rubbish, charlize is wooden, some energy is about it though.
by jasperjoffe
Mon Jun 15, 2015 7:27 pm
 
Forum: Movies
Topic: mad max new one
Replies: 0
Views: 641

the barnes collection philadelphia

Always wanted to see this. And been interested in philly cheese steaks. They've moved the collection into facsimilish spaces. More accessible but more boring too. The gallery staff are very nice even if the city seems somewhat lost. The collection is salon hang and mixed with barnes bits and pieces....
by jasperjoffe
Tue Jun 02, 2015 10:02 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: the barnes collection philadelphia
Replies: 1
Views: 619

the theory of everything

Incredibly slick. Like a beautifully made ad for a certain type of oxbridge englishness. All stoicism and bee stung lips and pimmish punts. And it carries you along. Until at the end you realise you've been watching complete oscar worthy shit. They've reduced a real brave great hard remarkable strug...
by jasperjoffe
Fri May 22, 2015 5:55 pm
 
Forum: Movies
Topic: the theory of everything
Replies: 0
Views: 546

mad men penultimate episode

been disappointed with the final series, but this one was great, gripping, odd, beautiful.
by jasperjoffe
Fri May 15, 2015 3:37 pm
 
Forum: Television
Topic: mad men penultimate episode
Replies: 0
Views: 445

saul bellow

Reading some again because of new biography. Why is he good?
by jasperjoffe
Thu May 14, 2015 10:21 pm
 
Forum: Books
Topic: saul bellow
Replies: 0
Views: 795

game of thrones

finally like it.
by jasperjoffe
Thu Apr 30, 2015 12:42 pm
 
Forum: Television
Topic: game of thrones
Replies: 0
Views: 406

mad men series last

too many longueurs but still good
by jasperjoffe
Thu Apr 30, 2015 12:42 pm
 
Forum: Television
Topic: mad men series last
Replies: 0
Views: 426

bloodlines

soapy florida rubbish, Overextended, but still watchable, barely.
by jasperjoffe
Thu Apr 30, 2015 12:41 pm
 
Forum: Television
Topic: bloodlines
Replies: 0
Views: 356

lidl whole serrano ham

39.99. Good. If you sliced it thinly and put it in a fancy london restaurant would be 15 quid for scraps.
by jasperjoffe
Sun Apr 12, 2015 2:06 pm
 
Forum: Food and general consumption
Topic: lidl whole serrano ham
Replies: 2
Views: 726

when we're young noah baumbach

Hipster buddy movie plus getting old. Sounded promising but was clichéd and thinly characterised. The explicatory ending was particularly bad.
by jasperjoffe
Sun Apr 12, 2015 2:04 pm
 
Forum: Movies
Topic: when we're young noah baumbach
Replies: 1
Views: 531

goya album at courtauld

Great. They've got one in order. Stumpy figures like brueghel. Hands and feet. Goya is one of the few to make people really float and fly. Nightmares of course. Your bum exposed in your minds eye.
by jasperjoffe
Wed Apr 01, 2015 11:01 am
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: goya album at courtauld
Replies: 0
Views: 492

whiplash a film

Very good. Seems at first trad genre sgt major type film. But as the drum beats on it transcends the guy overcoming the odds genre to be much stranger and stronger. See it and feel the beat.
by jasperjoffe
Fri Mar 27, 2015 7:37 pm
 
Forum: Movies
Topic: whiplash a film
Replies: 0
Views: 323

diebenkorn at royal academy

Never looked at dkorn before. He's very good. A sort of pared down West coast matisse. Lots of thoughts about the edge and surface. Back and forth with figuration. Good to see the royal academy showing something somewhat off the beaten path.
by jasperjoffe
Fri Mar 27, 2015 7:30 pm
 
Forum: Art Reviews
Topic: diebenkorn at royal academy
Replies: 1
Views: 628
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