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The “Scream” franchise adds another self-referential sequel

Books & artsGhostface storyThe “Scream” franchise adds another self-referential sequelA style that was bold in the 1990s has lost its satirical biteThe fifth film in the “Scream” series has a counter-intuitive title: “Scream”. That may be unhelpful to cinema-goers who are discussing the film, and to journalists who are writing about it, but it’s...

On the 50th anniversary of “Ways of Seeing” and “G.”

Books & artsThe generous agitatorOn the 50th anniversary of “Ways of Seeing” and “G.”In 1972 John Berger released both a seminal art documentary and a Booker-prizewinning novel. Both were subversive and enduringIt is 50 years this month since the first airing of John Berger’s documentary series “Ways of Seeing”, which scrutinised the political meanings...

Dominant languages can spread even without coercion

Books & artsJan 15th 2022 editionJohnsonDominant languages can spread even without coercionWhether and how to resist them is a tough questionNEVER THINK the world is in decline. A recent book, “Speak Not” by James Griffiths, looks at the bad old days when it was seen as acceptable to impose a culture on others through force. The author tells the...

In Japan, festivals are boldly taking art into the countryside

Books & artsJan 15th 2022 editionThe purpose of artIn Japan, festivals are boldly taking art into the countrysideThe trend represents a reappraisal of what art can do—and whom it is forA COSMONAUT SAT for most of the winter on a platform at Kazusa-Murakami station in Chiba, a rural Japanese prefecture next to Tokyo. As they waited for trains, local...

Jessamine Chan’s gripping debut novel sends up modern parenting

Books & artsJan 15th 2022 editionDystopian fictionJessamine Chan’s gripping debut novel sends up modern parenting“The School for Good Mothers” also sounds the alarm about surveillanceThe School for Good Mothers. By Jessamine Chan. Simon & Schuster; 336 pages; $27. To be published in Britain by Hutchinson Heinemann in March; £12.99ALL PARENTS...

The Ugandan state unlawfully detains a novelist

Books & artsFreedom of speechThe Ugandan state unlawfully detains a novelistKakwenza Rukirabashaija and others deploy insult as a form of resistanceOn December 27th, in a series of tweets, the Ugandan novelist Kakwenza Rukirabashaija described the president’s son as “obese”, a “fool” and an “inebriated curmudgeon”. The following day he tweeted again—to...

It was hard for any viewer to look away from Sidney Poitier

Books & artsHollywood legendsIt was hard for any viewer to look away from Sidney PoitierOr down on himHE SHOWED THE world that black actors could be Hollywood heroes. In films such as “To Sir, With Love”, “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner” and “In The Heat of the Night”, all released in 1967, Sir Sidney Poitier was not a loyal sidekick or a servant....

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association does penance for its sins

Books & artsLost lustreThe Hollywood Foreign Press Association does penance for its sinsThe Golden Globes this year were a quiet, closed affairThe 79th annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony was held in the Beverly Hilton on January 9th, which means that photos of the guests’ dresses and clips of their speeches should be all over the internet by now....

“Trading Places” and the challenge of troubling art of the past

Books & artsBack Story“Trading Places” and the challenge of troubling art of the pastToday the film is offensive. But, like the turn of the year, it looks both waysIt is New Year’s Eve, and bawdy revellers are enjoying a fancy-dress party on an American train; in the baggage compartment is a caged gorilla in the care of two doofus handlers. “Trading...

David Bowie delved into his own past on “Toy”

Books & artsTeenage wildlife revisitedDavid Bowie delved into his own past on “Toy”Released after 20 years, the album’s songs date back even further“This changes nothing.” Colonel Tom Parker made the now-notorious remark when his client, Elvis Presley, died in 1977. Yet the cold-blooded former fairground huckster was right: Presley would be the...

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