Adam White

OldVenue, TV

don’t reboot me Mr. Ghostface

A lot of 1990s nostalgia, that gimmicky, ridiculous and occasionally heartfelt pastime propped up by parody Twitter accounts and a sizeable chunk of the infrastructure of Buzzfeed, is a symptom of what we’ve allegedly lost. Throw in some natural aching for the freedoms and real-world ignorances of our collective childhoods, as well as a dash…

OldVenue, TV

Killing Joan: The Death of Fashion Police

When Joan Rivers died last year at the age of 81, it wasn’t only a plastic-faced, potty-mouthed comic genius that faded into the night; it was an entire wave of comedy. It only took a good couple of months for everybody to actually realise it. For the last five years of her life, Rivers hosted…

Film, OldVenue

Poster Boy

Adam White curates a collection of posters so beautiful and provocative, they practically become art. Jungle Fever Artist: Art Sims In 1991, Jungle Fever’s exploration of an affair between a high-powered black architect and his white co-worker was beguiling in its controversy, its poster almost deceptively romantic and sensual. Until you notice the woman’s blood-red nails and…

Film, OldVenue

Review: Love Is Strange

Director: Ira Sachs Writers: Ira Sachs, Mauricio Zacharias Starring: John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, Marisa Tomei Runtime: 94 mins Genre: Drama     Love Is Strange opens in appealing placidity as elderly couple Ben and George awake naturally, exchanging hellos and good mornings with their housekeeper, quietly fussing over their pastel-coloured tuxes and walking out into the busy sidewalk beneath their…


The Venue Blind Date: Daisy and Freddie

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Venue sent its very own Fun & Listings editor on a wild blind date. Was it a success? Are they Concrete’s hottest new couple? Or did they despise each other with the fire of a thousand suns?   DAISY ON FREDDIE What were you hoping for from the blind…

OldVenue, TV

The Simpsons

It’s an inevitability that modern discussion of The Simpsons will bounce between themes of ‘then’ and ‘now’ – the series itself currently in the midst of its 26th season, their best and most zeitgeisty days long behind them. But it’s also a discussion that inadvertently diminishes the show’s cultural and creative significance, along with the…

OldVenue, TV

So No-One Told You

It is September 1994, and attractive twenty-somethings like to drink coffee. They sit on orange couches and share edgy non-sequiters about sex and dating. White, upper middle-class Manhattan is an infinite backdrop of Woody Allen neurosis and shiny haircuts. This is the vibe of Friends, NBC’s hot new Thursday night sitcom, one that substitutes the…

Film, OldVenue

Looking Back: 2014’s best inanimate objects in film

Ben Affleck’s chin in Gone Girl In a movie all about blissful romance turning deathly sour, it is Ben Affleck’s chin-dimple (or “face-ass” in Chandler Bing lingo) that winds up personifying the major themes of the entire movie, Rosamund Pike’s Amy Dunne noting on their first meeting Nick’s “villainous chin”, an appendage he covers up…

Music, OldVenue

Hip Hop Through the White Face

Azealia Banks’ Instagram is plastered with the familiar comments section prerequisites for any young, attractive female with a record deal. “QUEEN!!!”, yells one. “Yaaaaas bitch!”, screams another. Then there are fellow Instagram users like ilumi_boy, whose response to a photograph of Banks holding a coconut reads, “If I’m white can I listen to your music?…

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