Bryan Appleyard

That Trump photo is magnificently real

15 July 2024 11:23 pm

A cloudless sky, an American flag and, to the left, something that looks like a music stand. A huddle of…

No one should trust the camera in the age of AI

28 October 2023 9:00 am

Bryan Appleyard on photographic manipulation, past and present

As art it was terrible but the pre- and early-teen audience loved it: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem reviewed

5 August 2023 9:00 am

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) began as a joke in 1984, a parody of the superhero culture of the time.…

A stunning work of art: Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One reviewed

15 July 2023 9:00 am

Blockbuster action movies are designed to stun the audience into submissive acceptance. Complexity, humanity, emotion and beauty are reduced to…

Paper dragons: is Chinese science all it’s cracked up to be?

18 February 2023 9:00 am

Is Chinese science all it’s cracked up to be?

A tribute to my friend James Lovelock

30 July 2022 3:00 pm

The scientist James Lovelock died this week at the age of 103. He was best known for his Gaia theory,…

A compelling, if flawed, example of the new American noir: Red Rocket reviewed

12 March 2022 9:00 am

Mikey (Simon Rex) first appears striding down a road in utterly wrecked jeans and shirt. He is carrying nothing and…

Reality check: could our universe be a simulation?

18 December 2021 9:00 am

The philosopher David Chalmers on whether the universe is a simulation

Lumpily scripted and poorly plotted: Cry Macho reviewed

13 November 2021 9:00 am

Clint Eastwood is 91; Cry Macho may well be his last film. Or maybe not. He has, after all, been…

The bleak brilliance of Hud

18 April 2020 9:00 am

Hud is a film that has haunted me for decades. I was never sure why. It seemed to be something…

The triumph of hope over experience: the Peanuts gang

Comparing Peanuts to existentialism is an insult – to Peanuts

5 January 2019 9:00 am

For the hundredth, possibly the thousandth, time, Lucy van Pelt offers to hold the football for Charlie Brown so he…

The sheer stupidity of artificial intelligence

5 July 2014 9:00 am

Believers in omnipotent machine intelligence are reshaping the world to fit their fantasies