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Stand Up Guys – Bill Gates: A Man’s gotta Pee the way a Man’s gotta Pee

Tweet    Stand Up Guys – A Man’s gotta Pee the way a Man’s gotta Pee   Stand Up Guys This piece is a little vulgar, indelicate, indeed at times it may border on the coarse. But in a good way. For this dear reader, I must ask your indulgence and good will, as none […]

Rock of Ages – They made this bullsh*t out of mock n’ roll

Tweet      Rock of Ages – Adam Shankman They made this bullsh*t out of mock n’ roll. While Choreographer and dancer Adam Shankman’s Hairspray had a certain scabrous charm, this screen treatment of another award-winning musical is utterly charmless. It plays like an FHM adolescent wet dream fantasy in its moronic exploration of its […]

The Bridge/Bron/Broen – written by Bjorn Stein (Update)

Tweet      The Bridge/Bron/Broen – written by Bjorn Stein (Update) This just gets better and better. In Saga Noren, Stein has created a female detective to rival Denmark’s now rightly famous Sara Lund from The Killing series. As superbly played by Sofia Helin with an at times disturbingly evocative deadpan demeanour, this autistic, emotionally detached character […]

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 […]

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: 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 […]

The End Of February – A Leap Year story

Tweet    BBC Radio 4 is the one critical element of the media I could not do without. On the PM programme a few weeks ago Eddie Maier challenged listeners to do something completely different on the unique 29th February. I wrote in and said I would try to extend my writing from 250 film reviews […]

An Oscars Ballot you can print off

Tweet    If you want to play the Oscars Game – a bollot you can print off. http://o.aolcdn.com/os/movies/awards/2012-oscar-ballot

Casablanca – One of the films we love – not the films we simply admire

Tweet        Casablanca – Michael Curtiz (1942) If you haven’t seen Casablanca in the cinema, on a big screen – you haven’t really ever seen it. Critics and people who write about movies because they love them can analyse the difference this makes in rational terms but the power great films like this, and it […]