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The Apprentice (2) – Discovering the Bin

Tweet      The Apprentice (2) – Discovering the Bin I’ve never believed the claim that if you give an infinite number of monkeys with an infinite number of typewriters an infinite amount of time they will produce the works of Shakespeare. However measured against the likelihood of this year’s batch of apprentices coming up […]

Poem: Spring Memory

Tweet      Spring Memory   It is Spring again when I seek out the private primrose and think of you     Zettel March 2012    

The Hunger Games – Gary Ross post-apocalyptic pursuit thriller – death for TV

Tweet      The Hunger Games – Gary Ross This is an intriguing, tense pursuit thriller distinguished from the banal by an impressively assured performance from Jennifer Lawrence. To carry a movie at 21 with relatively little experience has the unmistakable mark of an instinctive actress. Although as Ree in Debra Granik’s bleakly brilliant Winter’s Bone, […]

BBC The Apprentice (1) – Learning When To Shut Up

Tweet        The Apprentice (1) – Learning When To Shut Up An Apprentice first: firing a likely winner in the first episode. No, don’t shout at me: I agree Bilyana had a bad attack of verbal diarrhoea in the boardroom and played a full part in the undignified but regular Apprentice game of shaft the sister. However […]

Before It’s Too Late – Poem: parents and children

Tweet    Before It Is Too Late It’s too late for me now they’ve gone away but not for you for the present I am here and here I’ll stay Who they were I never really knew their love was all I needed and I just took it all as selfishly I grew I only […]

21 Jump Street – Phil Lord, Chris Miller – The Stag Night movie – everything mysteriously hilarious

Tweet      21 Jump Street – Phil Lord, Chris Miller The latest in a distinct genre – the Stag Night movie of which the Hangovers (1 and 2) are perhaps the most successful in recent times. The Stag Night movie, where absolutely everything is mysteriously hilarious, has the mise en scene of a contrived chaotic […]

The American Election Process and The West Wing – simply the best

Tweet        The American Election Process and The West Wing    It seems to me the democratic process both in the UK and the US is in crisis: but for different reasons arising from the distinctly different systems. From the outside and as portrayed in the media, the American system seems close to […]

Poem: Love Is Not A Young Man’s Game

Tweet  at one   Love Is Not A Young Man’s Game Can you feel her sadness before she sheds her tears Can you sense her doubts before she shows her fears Do you simply hold her when that is all she needs Do you hear her not just listen wherever her heart leads Do you […]

Poem: Landmines – as seeds of death are sown….

Tweet      Landmines   As seeds of death are sown The roots of hate are grown And mothers cry As children die For a cause they’ve never known The drops of bloody rain Stain the soil with pain And men of pride Try to hide Their everlasting shame Heartbreak cries of shattered lives Go […]

Safe House – (Richard Pearson overseen by Daniel Espinosa) – a 3-line pitch action movie

Tweet      Safe House – (Richard Pearson overseen by Daniel Espinosa) Nobody does Denzel better than Denzel does Denzel. Unfortunately Denzel nowadays only ever does Denzel: result – too much Denzel. Yes Denzel lady fans: hard to believe, but it’s true. The only way to access the considerable talent of this fine screen actor, it seems to me, […]