My, your majesty, what brown eyes one’s got

Will the “blue-eyed community” call for a boycott of The Crown? We learnt last week that the people behind that absurdly lavish soap opera have decide(...)

Rian Johnson’s Knives Out

The Toronto International Film Festival (sometimes Tiff) is not like its rivals in Cannes or Venice. Taking place within the fourth-largest city in No(...)

Toronto International Film Festival: Nicole Kidman at the Goldfinch premiere. Photograph: Amy Sussman/Getty

I can’t get away from Adam Driver. There he was at the Winter Garden screening of The Report. A few hours later he was back in the same theatre to rem(...)

Top of the list: Seven Samurai, directed by Akira Kurosawa. His Rashomon came in at No. 4

Over the last few years, BBC Culture has been asking the world’s critics – including this writer and my colleague Tara Brady – to vote for their 100 f(...)

Still beating: Alexander Skarsgård and Florence Pugh in ‘The Little Drummer Girl’

All decent folk will feel glad for John le Carré. It must be gratifying to find yourself at the centre of the conversation as you negotiate your 87th (...)

 The Olympic flag is raised during the opening ceremony in Rio last night. Photograph: Ruben Sprich/Reuters

Rio de Janeiro got South America’s first ever Olympic Games off to a happy start last night with an opening ceremony that was as colourful and efficie(...)

Divers in action during training at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre in Rio. Photograph: Getty

Rio, what have you done to deserve this? It is Friday afternoon right now, a 30-degree and cloudless winter’s day and out at the Maracana stadium, Fe(...)

The Rio 2016 Olympic Games are expected to burn through $12 billion when “legacy spending” is taken into account. Photograph: AFP/Johannes Eisele/Getty Images

1. The price tag may have broken Brazil, but it hasn’t broken records The official cost of Rio 2016 is $4.1 billion (€3.7 billion), the organisers (...)

Rachel Weisz as Evanora in Sam Raimi’s Oz the Great and Powerful
The witches of Oz

You need not be waist deep in Angela Carter (though such immersion probably helps) to know that fairy stories – both ancient and contemporary – hav(...)