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Laine’s Loves… Look At The Pictures

New documentary of Robert Mapplethorpe explains the controversy but looks deeper at the extraordinarily ambitious man behind the shocking photos.

Laine’s Loves… Look At The Pictures

It’s easy to look at Robert Mapplethorpe’s beautiful but brutally explicit photos in our post-internet world of every form of niche porn and think, ‘So what?’ Actually, that’s not remotely true – even today many of is perfectly composed images are still truly shocking. His X Portfolio contains photos of extreme sexual practices that the government recently banned again. Yep, Mapplethorpe was hardcore.

So going to an art gallery in the 80s or early 90s and seeing them on the wall (or, actually, a table top that children couldn’t see onto) must have been an intense experience. Now imagine that art gallery is in America. All of which goes to explain why Mapplethorpe is one of the most famous photographers of his era. His cover of ex-girlfriend Patti Smith’s ‘Horses’ is just one of his amazing clothes-on portraits that you could Google at work.

But Look At The Pictures is only partly about photography. It’s about ambition, religion, death and a New York that is long gone – a New York of artists, crime and characters, often pushed together run down neighbourhoods. It’s also about how sex almost derailed the New York art scene for a decade, first as artists were too busy fucking, and then, like Mapplethorpe, dying young.

The documentary doesn’t pull any punches. His most extreme images are given plenty of screen time and we’ve never seen a film with so many cocks in it. But it’s thoughtful and tender at times, in between lurid stories of goings in in clubs like The Mine Shaft. Go and see it, but maybe not with your mum.

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In more tap takeover news - a little closer to home but no less exciting - we have the brilliant Brick Brewery dominating Watson's General Telegraph soon. Details coming but we wanted to give you the heads up.

In more tap takeover news – a little closer to home but no less exciting – we have the brilliant Brick Brewery dominating Watson’s General Telegraph soon. Details coming but we wanted to give you the heads up.

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Everyone loves a tap takeover, but when it's beers you're not getting anywhere else it's really special. Our mates at Harpoon Brewery in Boston (US, not UK) are travelling 3,656 miles see us and bringing a load of beer with them. It's gonna be wild.

Everyone loves a tap takeover, but when it’s beers you’re not getting anywhere else it’s really special. Our mates at Harpoon Brewery in Boston (US, not UK) are travelling 3,656 miles see us and bringing a load of beer with them. It’s gonna be wild.

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The PPT has got it all, pretty much - great garden, its own brewery, art gallery, curated beers from around the world. But it hasn't got crazy golf. Yet. The course is almost done though. Our practice sessions at The Four Thieves are going to pay off.

The PPT has got it all, pretty much – great garden, its own brewery, art gallery, curated beers from around the world. But it hasn’t got crazy golf. Yet. The course is almost done though. Our practice sessions at The Four Thieves are going to pay off.

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Here's People's Park Tavern brewer Sam admiring his handy work by examining the difference between his Red Empire on keg and on cask. He's been like that for two hours now.

Here’s People’s Park Tavern brewer Sam admiring his handy work by examining the difference between his Red Empire on keg and on cask. He’s been like that for two hours now.

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The North remembers – remembers to come to the PPT and bring loads of seriously good beer for a tap takeover on Thursday (7th April). Northern Monk are totally up there with our favourite breweries. Miss this at your peril.

The North remembers – remembers to come to the PPT and bring loads of seriously good beer for a tap takeover on Thursday (7th April). Northern Monk are totally up there with our favourite breweries. Miss this at your peril.

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We had Jane Goldman, one of Britain's best screenwriters (she wrote Kickass, X-Men: First Class, and Kingsman amongst other) in the People's Park Tavern's immersive game – Lady Chastity's – the other day. She was down with her kids and her husband, a bloke called Jonathan Ross. He looked familiar.

We had Jane Goldman, one of Britain’s best screenwriters (she wrote Kickass, X-Men: First Class, and Kingsman amongst other) in the People’s Park Tavern’s immersive game – Lady Chastity’s – the other day. She was down with her kids and her husband, a bloke called Jonathan Ross. He looked familiar.

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Whooooo! Get in! Yes, you could say we're pretty excited that The Aeronaut has been crowned the Best Pub In London by Design My Night. What's even better than getting the trophy is the fact that it was voted for by the public. To everyone that voted, we love you too.

Whooooo! Get in! Yes, you could say we’re pretty excited that The Aeronaut has been crowned the Best Pub In London by Design My Night. What’s even better than getting the trophy is the fact that it was voted for by the public. To everyone that voted, we love you too.

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Laine's Loves...The Lobster

The best film about the threat of being turned into an animal for not finding love that we've seen in ages. Click expand to read what we thought.

Laine’s Loves…The Lobster

It’s rare that a film comes along that totally surprises you. Modern films simply lead you through a well-worn path, with signposts to make sure you don’t get lost. From the title onwards, The Lobster does no such thing.

There are no lobsters in The Lobster, but there is a threat of one. Colin Farrell has become divorced and the rules of the film’s dystopian near future mean that he’s shipped to a hotel to find a new partner. So far, still no lobsters. If he fails to secure a match he’s turned into an animal of his choosing. He picks… Well, you can guess.

What’s amazing is how this is all deadpanned out. The film is very funny at times but it’s never played with a knowing wink. In fact the tone is basically set to “awkward”. The performances are great, from Farrell to a reappearance of Rachel Weisz playing “short sighted woman”. The first English language feature from Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos, we’re certainly going to get round to watching Dogtooth now.

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Nic has almost recovered from Craft Beer Rising now - though we thought it might fall asleep on the train and miss the London Brewers Alliance AGM completely. Here is the photo story of his CBR adventures. So many people, so many beers.

Nic has almost recovered from Craft Beer Rising now – though we thought it might fall asleep on the train and miss the London Brewers Alliance AGM completely. Here is the photo story of his CBR adventures. So many people, so many beers.

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We had such a good time at Craft Beer Rising - thanks so much if you were one of the hundreds of people that came and said hello. Old friends, new friends - all brought together by beer. God, we love this stuff.

We had such a good time at Craft Beer Rising – thanks so much if you were one of the hundreds of people that came and said hello. Old friends, new friends – all brought together by beer. God, we love this stuff.

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We're extremely proud of Michele from The Candlemaker who got runner up in Parliamentary Pub Chef Of The Year last night. She was up against some serious competition, and beat off almost 140 other chefs. Here she is with celeb chef judge Paul Merrett and MP for Wandsworth Jane Ellison, who nominated her.

We’re extremely proud of Michele from The Candlemaker who got runner up in Parliamentary Pub Chef Of The Year last night. She was up against some serious competition, and beat off almost 140 other chefs. Here she is with celeb chef judge Paul Merrett and MP for Wandsworth Jane Ellison, who nominated her.

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As everyone starts to get excited for Craft Beer Rising we're getting excited about our own craft beer rising up a font and ending up in a glass, cold and fizzy. Yep, the keg version of  Red Empire is on the bar at the PPT. The first of their keg beers. Dawn of a new era. It's really, really good too.

As everyone starts to get excited for Craft Beer Rising we’re getting excited about our own craft beer rising up a font and ending up in a glass, cold and fizzy. Yep, the keg version of  Red Empire is on the bar at the PPT. The first of their keg beers. Dawn of a new era. It’s really, really good too.

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How much fun do you think our head brewer Nic is having doing is collaboration beer with Celt Experience? Now double it, and you're about there. We've never seen such joy coming from the brewery this early on in a beer. Wait until they get to the tasting part.

How much fun do you think our head brewer Nic is having doing is collaboration beer with Celt Experience? Now double it, and you’re about there. We’ve never seen such joy coming from the brewery this early on in a beer. Wait until they get to the tasting part.

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We’re extraordinarily excited to finally be able to reveal that we’re working with Phoenix Community Housing on a £3.8m project to return 1920s pub The Fellowship Inn to its former glory – a time when Fleetwood Mac and John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers played there, and Henry Cooper trained for his Muhammad Ali within its walls. This place is special, and we’re going to make sure the community has somewhere they can really be a part of. Read more about it here.

We’re extraordinarily excited to finally be able to reveal that we’re working with Phoenix Community Housing on a £3.8m project to return 1920s pub The Fellowship Inn to its former glory – a time when Fleetwood Mac and John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers played there, and Henry Cooper trained for his Muhammad Ali within its walls. This place is special, and we’re going to make sure the community has somewhere they can really be a part of. Read more about it here.

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