Binu Starnegg

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Manila born, Brooklyn bred and longtime resident of Vienna, Binu Starnegg is currently managing editor for Metropole. Photo: Visual Hub
vincent van gogh

From Canvas to Silver Screen

Julian Schnabel and Willem Dafoe bring the final years of Vincent van Gogh to life. Painting’s appeal is ethereal; the very best works move you, yet it’s difficult to pin down why. You can try analyzing techniques, perspective and optical theories – but for every rule there seem to be myriad exceptions, if not entire […]
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Brexit Crisis Averted!

Austrians devise New European Order to appease Westminster After recently rejecting a whopping eight Brexit options, including May’s deal, no deal, staying in a customs union, a second referendum and outright cancellation, the British Parliament has finally found a solution that appeals across all party lines. Amazingly, the concept has come from the unlikeliest of […]
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WestbahnstraĂźe

WestbahnstraĂźe West Side Story

Vienna may not be quite as hip as Berlin – though not from lack of trying, as anyone who’s been to WestbahnstraĂźe in the 7th district can attest. Armies of young and trendy 20- to 30-somethings roam here, slurping superfood smoothies and soy chai lattes while perusing sustainable independent fashion and vinyl records. But really, don’t […]
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KiKi Layne as Tish and Stephan James as Fonny star in Barry Jenkins' IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK, an Annapurna Pictures release.

Poetic Injustice

James Baldwin’s If Beale Street Could Talk takes flight under director Barry Jenkins At its best, fiction can portray reality in a way that non-fiction can’t. It should come as no surprise then, th...

Pro & Con | March 2019

Open Store Policy Closing shops on Sunday is so 19th century Every time I welcome someone to Vienna and give them my list of recommendations, I always end by saying, “Oh, and remember that next to nothing is open on Sundays!” to which they often reply, “Really? Why?” I’ve often asked that same question myself […]
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Streaming | Our Top Picks for December & January

There’s so much good television available to stream these days, to say nothing of the films. As the holidays roll in, quirky, dark children’s classics, Mexican demon hunters and alleged Russian royals entice you to stay in. A Series of Unfortunate Events | Kids, NETFLIX Based on the best-selling series from Lemony Snicket, the third […]
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Troubled Waters

Visually stunning and brisk, Styx asks a lot of hard questions but avoids simple answers. With thousands of desperate Africans braving the Mediterranean every year in rickety boats in the vague hope of starting a new life up north, the ongoing migration crisis remains a challenge to the liberal values of Europe, with authorities struggling […]
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Culture Screening | November

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Culture Screen | November

Danse Macabre Visually spectacular, Luca Guadagnino’s reinterpretation of Suspiria is flawed but atmospheric The threshold to womanhood might not be the most obvious theme for your run-of-themill horror story, but Suspiria, a reimagining of Dario Argento’s giallo (pulp) classic of the same name, is far from the usual. Opening at this year’s Viennale before going […]
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