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Alexander Larman

Alexander Larman is the books editor of The Spectator’s World edition and the author of titles including The Crown in Crisis: Countdown to the Abdication and Byron’s Women.

Television

The Gilded Age is a Bridgerton-esque disappointment

Some of the acting has promise but the show is a reminder that Julian Fellowes has passed his prime

By Alexander Larman

Music

Don’t cancel Damon Albarn for attacking Taylor Swift

He was wrong and the Swifties swarmed him, but there’s value yet in his critique

By Alexander Larman

Book Review

Reading gaol

Sentence: Ten Years and a Thousand Books in Prison by Daniel Genis reviewed

By Alexander Larman

Film

Hollywood awards shows have become boring

Let’s just hope Spider-Man doesn’t sweep all the Oscars and Golden Globes — then we’ll know we’re in real trouble.

By Alexander Larman

Music

A fond remembrance of Meat Loaf

The singer once christened ‘the uncoolest man in the universe’ delivered Big Rock Drama in spades

By Alexander Larman

Television

Where does Joss Whedon go now?

The talented writer-director is disgraced but Hollywood loves a penitent comeback

By Alexander Larman

Film

Sidney Poitier refused to be defined by race

The Old Hollywood great once declared, ‘I am artist, man, American, contemporary’

By Alexander Larman

Film

‘Don’t Look Up’ and Hollywood virtue-signaling

If the filmmakers are correct, debating the legacy of a 2021 comedy will be the last thing on anyone’s mind

By Alexander Larman

Books

Stacking up

Substack gives authors an opportunity to take back control of their own careers and destinies

By Alexander Larman

Film

How Covid killed grown-up movies at the theater

Audiences may never leave their couches again — unless it’s for Spider-Man 7

By Alexander Larman

Books

The undying Christopher Hitchens

Ten years after his death, he remains an inspiration to those who applaud wit and freedom

By Alexander Larman

Film

The problem with Christmas movies

Our writer gets grinchy about Love Actually and Elf

By Alexander Larman

Film

The return of the brilliant Nicolas Cage

He’s one of our most talented actors, elevating even the most awful of scripts

By Alexander Larman

Europe

Is Prince Charles the royal racist?

Meghan Markle alleges a bigoted remark about her child, but from who?

By Alexander Larman

Theater

Remembering the brilliant Stephen Sondheim

Our greatest dramatist has died

By Alexander Larman

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