Actors Anouk Aimee and Robert De Niro present Bernardo Bertolucci with a special award for his film The Last Emperor during the 1987 Cannes International Film Festival. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Forty-six years ago, Pauline Kael, the New Yorker’s influential film critic, did not hold back when heralding the debut of Bernardo Bertolucci’s Last (...)

Festival goers at the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival. Photograph: Guinness Cork Jazz

Loud enough to wake the dead – that might well be the motto for this year’s Guinness Cork Jazz Festival which kicked off Thursday night. The streets (...)

Bram Stoker Festival: the Dublin event runs from Friday until Monday. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall

The final bank-holiday weekend before we give up the ghost for the year has, happily, plenty of ghostcentric events – and a whole lot more besides, ri(...)

Fusion bassist Stanley Clarke will bring his band to the banks of the lovely Lee for the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival, running over the October Bank Holiday weekend

In jazz’s journey towards artistic respectability in Ireland, the “good-time” image of the island’s principal jazz event hasn’t always been helpful. G(...)

Paul Verhoeven’s ‘Showgirls’ is an example of good practice in sex scenes.

There’s a lot more sex these days. On screen and on stage at least. Even the most middle of the road drama has become steadily raunchier and sexier. A(...)

The Blind Boys of Alabama will play the 2018 Guinness Cork Jazz Festival.

Jazz aficionados heading for Leeside this year are in for a novel treat when the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival kicks off with a meeting of Halloween and(...)

Director Quentin Tarantino and actress Uma Thurman appear on stage to give the Palme d’Or award during the Closing Ceremony at the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival in 2014. Photograph: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

It always seemed likely that the waves of disapproval kicked up by the Weinstein scandal would eventually reach Quentin Tarantino. The director made (...)

Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele and Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey in an elevator scene in Fifty Shades Darker

Here comes that Big Fat Bore again. Weren’t films much sexier when they were less explicit? I don’t know about you, but I find a glimpse of Cyd Chari(...)

What’s with the far north and the sound of infinity? Sisters Ingrid and Christine Jensen, two of Canada’s finest jazz musicians, have crafted their ow(...)

Frank Kimbrough is best known for his long-standing and distinguished occupation of the piano chair in the Maria Schneider Orchestra, but every now a(...)

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