1984 (United Kingdom 1984)

“Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.” There are plenty of evil forces in the world attempting to do just that. George Orwell’s 1984 is one of the most celebrated novels of the 20th Century . We have words like ” Orwellian ” that have come in to everyday modern usage. There’s at least two television shows, Big Brother and Room 101 who take their concepts from 1984. It seems logical that if someone was going to make a film adaptation of the novel then 1984 would be the perfect year to release it. It was even filmed between April and June, the period of the year the novel had been written. Unfortunately Michael Radford’s interpretation clashes between the good and the bad. [Read more…]

President Donald J Coward & The Armenian Genocide

A torchlight procession marks the anniversary of the killing of 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman forces in Yerevan, April 23, 2017. Armenians commemorate on April 24, the 102 anniversary of the killing of 1.5 million by Ottoman forces, as a fierce dispute still rages with Turkey over Ankara’s refusal to recognise the mass murder as genocide.

I know he is a Gemini but did anyone expect Trump to be so two faced in so short a time? The president has turned into a cuck who is drowning in the mucky swamp he promised to drain last year. Now that the election is in the past he doesn’t need his voters approval any more. There has been one U turn after another. Last year he said there would be no new US military action in the Middle East. Then he attacked Syria & Afghanistan. He promised to investigate or imprison Hillary Clinton. As soon as he won he claimed the Clintons “are good people.” [Read more…]

An Avant-garde Symphony

The most quirky, off- beat soundtrack in film history. Jerry Goldsmith achieved everything with this score. It even has a simian personality, with all those high pitched animal-like sounds. Its tribal. Its loose and tight. It gets into the listener’s spine. Unsettling. If any soundtrack sums up the upside down, surreal 1960s it is Planet Of The Apes. A soundtrack worth experiencing under the influence of class A drugs. So influential was this album that even rock musicians borrowed elements from it (Pink Floyd’s “Time” from the “Dark Side of the Moon” LP in 1973). The keyboard and percussive rythmns are chaotic and startling.

My Favourite Alice Cooper Song

This is the only full length version of the 1975 classic from America’s most colourful showman in the rock business. There are two ways to absorb this: 1) a creepy warning from a dangerous hombre lurking in the shadows meant to freak you out. 2) or you can just enjoyable the funky, tongue-in-cheek exaggeration of the ominous sentiment. In other words – theatrical camp. “Welcome to my breakdown” is a great line. I love the spidery acoustic guitar. And its cosy to know that Vincent Price performed on the album too. If only rock was this much fun now.

The Thirteenth Tale (Diane Setterfield)

A gothic suspense novel with echoes from several Victorian novels. The familiar device of a “story within a story” is employed, and sometimes it even contains another story. This story-telling tradition strongly reminds the reader of earlier classic tales. In fact the “rule of threes” goes throughout this book echoing its fairytale feel. There is the structure of the book itself, “Beginnings, Middles and Endings”. There are three generations in the earlier saga. This is the author’s first novel, and promises well if she stops being so rooted in the gothic canon and makes a bold leap into the unknown and the supernatural she is clearly so drawn to.   [Read more…]

Vogue (Madonna)

I am not a Madonna fan. Her hedonistic egomania is unpleasant. The majority of her music has never satisfied me either but I love this track. She hit the G spot with this one! I feel like I’ve died and gone to some insane fashion extravaganza in New York. Mostly because of that galloping, quivering, descending bass riff. The name-dropping lyrics are a poseur’s dream…

Stripes (1981 USA)

Psycho: “The name’s Francis Sawyer, but everybody calls me Psycho. Any of you guys call me Francis, and I’ll kill you.” Leon: “Ooooooh.” Psycho: “You just made the list, buddy. Also, I don’t like no one touching my stuff. So just keep your meathooks off. If I catch any of you guys in my stuff, I’ll kill you. And I don’t like nobody touching me. Any of you homos touch me, and I’ll kill you.” Sergeant Hulka: “Lighten up, Francis.” The movie is basically trying to make the Army the way Police Academy made the Police look. Dumb and unbelievable. The plot is shabby, the characters are thin and of course guys love this flick. A nude woman within the first few minutes of the film. Two scenes involving multiple nude women. Bikini mud wrestling. The DVD even throws in even more gratuitous nudity than the original contained. [Read more…]

Shahs Of Sunset (2012–2016 USA)

Yet another “reality” TV show which applies the usual formula — identify an ethnic community’s most ridiculous characters, inviting ridicule — this time its L.A.’s Persian-American population on the griddle. The title itself seems like a particularly cheap shot at a community that, for better or for worse, is still struggling to come to terms with a revolution that happened four decades ago. “Shah” is the term for the king of Iran, a monarchy which fell in 1979 to today’s Islamic Republic. The Iranian-American community in Los Angeles was founded by those who immigrated to America as a result of that monarchy’s collapse. [Read more…]

The Thomas Crown Affair (1999 USA)

This is really a love story for anyone who imagines being whisked away from the mundane into places that you’ve only read or heard about in glossy magazines. It’s a film for any person out there who’d like to have the freedom to do what they want and damn the consequences. Well, either that or have enough money to do anything, then disappear. The Thomas Crown Affair is a world where time means nothing, and money is just, well, not an issue. Its only numbers! This is my kind of motion picture. I feel it was made just for me. I probably would have sold my grandmother for the price of an admission ticket. Its that yummy & delicious. [Read more…]

The Gauntlet (1977 USA)

This motion picture gets a bad rap for it’s implausible story line and outrageous shoot outs, but if you’re in the mood for that sort of thing, it’s a hard one to top. For the sixth time Clint Eastwood does his civic duty as the film’s director and leading man, here sharing the screen with live-in companion Sondra Locke. (This was before a real life drama where he changed the locks on the house they shared when she was away–years after this) The pasty Locke always struck me as a good looking woman, but only if you caught her at just the right angle. [Read more…]

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