sun 01/03/2015

Nick Hasted

nick.hasted

Nick Hasted's picture
Bio
Nick Hasted has been a film journalist since 1986. As well as The Arts Desk, he currently writes about film, music, books and comics for The Independent, Sight & Sound, Uncut, Jazzwise and Classic Rock. He has published two books: The Dark Story of Eminem (2002), and You Really Got Me: The Story of The Kinks (2011), both from Omnibus Press.

Articles by Nick Hasted

Inherent Vice

Thomas Pynchon and PT Anderson: too good to be true? News that the director of There Will Be Blood and The Master was adapting America’s greatest and most hiply profound living novelist certainly...

Read more...

Ex Machina

Alex Garland’s directorial debut is spare, clever s.f. Ever since he began his now abandoned novelist’s career with The Beach, he has known how to drive high-concept narratives home, viscerally...

Read more...

DVD: Trans-Europ-Express/Successive Slidings of Pleasure

Still best-known in Britain for scripting Alain Resnais’ Last Year in Marienbad (1961), Alain Robbe-Grillet’s films as sole auteur develop that landmark work’s slippery reality. Like the novels with...

Read more...

American Sniper

First there’s an “Allahu Akbar”, then an American tank’s rumble and clank. It’s an ominous and wearying start, the sound of Islam and invasion intermingled in the Iraq War, a violent conflict that...

Read more...

DVD: Lucy

This has been Scarlett Johansson’s defining year. Previously seeming a slightly dazed, limited beauty, she bravely abandoned her comfort zone in Jonathan Glazer’s gruelling and strange Scottish s.f....

Read more...

DVD: Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For

The Sin City comics were where their once brilliant creator Frank Miller’s development stopped. The high style of his graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns (1986), which inspired the Batman films’...

Read more...

DVD: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

The original Planet of the Apes series was Hollywood’s most ingeniously extended franchise, surviving the obliteration of Earth in its first sequel to loop back on itself and spin out a further three...

Read more...

DVD: Human Capital

Italy’s nominee for next year’s Foreign Language Oscar is an ambitious satire on the ruinous machinations of the super-rich, symbolised by the overworked waiter clipped by a speeding SUV in the...

Read more...

The Possibilities are Endless

Rock music excessively rewards its pretty young corpses. Edwyn Collins’ survival, like Wilko Johnson’s, is much more remarkable. Two massive strokes in 2005, when he was only 44, should really have...

Read more...

The Babadook

Mother love is mangled, yanked inside-out and tested almost to destruction in Australian writer-director Jennifer Kent’s heartfelt horror debut. The Babadook enthusiastically fulfils its remit to...

Read more...

DVD: Blacula - The Complete Collection

Blaxploitation, like Krautrock, is an early Seventies term that sounds faintly uneasy now. Begun by Hollywood studio hits such as Shaft, the craze for films with mostly black casts and often black...

Read more...

LFF 2014: Germany, Pale Mother

When can Nazi Germany be humanised? Never, many German critics believed on Germany, Pale Mother’s 1980 release, when it was apparently despised for its “subjective” account of one woman and her...

Read more...

LFF 2014: Winter Sleep

Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Cannes Palme d’Or winner is an epic chamber piece by a contemporary great. From the moment a stone suddenly smashes the car window of landlord Aydin (Haluk Bilginer), physical...

Read more...

DVD: I Clowns

Circuses were a regular touchstone for Fellini, and clowns, as this 1970 TV movie confirms, their troubling core. I Clowns’ first 25 minutes are a dry run for Amarcord’s raucous flashback to Fascist...

Read more...

LFF 2014: Phoenix

Director Christian Petzold avoided Germany’s grim version of heritage cinema – the war, the Wall – until last year’s Cold War hit Barbara. His fascination with his country’s present suppressions,...

Read more...

LFF 2014: It Follows

Few films this frightening are also so kind. David Robert Mitchell’s second feature starts with a pretty teenage girl suffering inexplicable, bone-snapping terror. He makes us wait to find out why,...

Read more...

latest in today

CD: Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds – Chasing Yester...

Noel and his High Flying Birds aim for new heights without straying too nea...

Reissue CDs Weekly: Bridget St. John

Wallet-friendly compendium of one of Britain’s great singer-songwriters

Goya: The Witches and Old Women Album, Courtauld Gallery

Enigmatic works on paper, reunited for the first time since the Spanish art...

Benedetti, La Cetra, Saffron Hall

The violinist's Vivaldi charms an appreciative audience in a bold new...

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

The expats are back in that rare sequel that betters its predecessor

Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, CBSO Centre, Birmingham

Woolrich's songbook asks important questions, and answers only some of...

Lippy, Young Vic

An unconventional meditation on storytelling confounds

Classical CDs Weekly: Bach, Birkin, Weinberg

Baroque instrumental music, Soviet chamber symphonies and a brilliant fusio...

Sculpture Victorious, Tate Britain

Technical innovation often coupled with meaningless extravagance

The Indian Queen, English National Opera

A colourful but eccentric production veers between beauty and incomprehensi...