Friday, 29 March 2013


Time Out London

Time Out was once an essential magazine for those living in London. It was the first and best guide to what was happening in London. It featured provocative and interesting articles alongside it's listings, reviews and ratings. Time Out was also a highly political read and often was charged with controversy; a healthy element of Guerrilla journalism flourished in its heyday.Over the years it has gone the way of most other magazines, courting populist cover stars and printing interviews that are little more than advertisements of the subject's latest projects. Inevitably it has become a free paper with the restrictions and compromises that involves, but once it was the heavy hitter that grabbed attention with exciting and inventive covers wrapped around a content that was always interesting and informative...with a healthy dose of cynicism.



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Tuesday, 26 March 2013


Dear reader, as you may have noticed I am currently experiencing technical problems regarding youtube links and such like. Rest assured that the crack team of boffin (singular) is working on this as we speak to ensure your continued viewing pleasure.
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Monday, 25 March 2013


The mainstream success of The Jam, the release of Quadrophenia and the Two Tone movement all influenced the short lived London based Mod Revival. Leading the way were Secret Affair who were a pretty good pop group with not quite enough umph to spearhead any sort of movement. Their leaders were Ian Page & David Carns, and like most bands that kick start anything they needed a bit more charisma. Other bands quickly emerged like The Purple Hearts, The Merton Parkas,The Scooters, The Chords, Back to Zero and the Lambrettas, most were pale Jam imitators. To be fair the whole thing started out at a real grass roots level and had an admirable 'can-do' attitude about it. The so called New Romantic scene killed off this short lived moment in British pop but The Style Council, The Beat and Dexy's Midnight Runners pretty much achieved some of the objectives that Secret affair weren't able to with the help of members of some of the bands who were those very same Mod revivalists.

Secret Affair-Time For Action
The Lambrettas-Poison Ivy
The Chords-Maybe Tomorrow
Purple Hearts-Millions Like Us
Merton Parkas-You Need Wheels

Friday, 22 March 2013


*Bang Bang Bar 
The humble Bar, a place to meet friends, drown sorrows and shoot the breeze. In the movies though a Bar can be a place of drama, intrigue and humour. There are famous Bars; Rick's Cafe Americain in Casablanca for example and then there are the not so famous Bars, Bars in which plot and exposition are the fulcrum. So join me for a quiet drink in a few movie Bars.

The Last Resort
Bob's Country Bunker
The Purple Pit
The Titty Twister
Golden Horn
Trees Lounge
The Bamboo Lounge
Tony's Bar
Sonny's Bar
A Bar in Santa Rio
A bounty hunter enters a dimly-lit saloon looking for Josey Wales and announces, "You're wanted, Wales." Josey replies "Reckon I'm right popular.
You a bounty hunter?" The gunman answers, “Man’s got to make a living” to which Josey replies, “Dyin’ ain’t much of a livin’, boy.”
**A Redneck Bar

*Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me
48 Hours
Total Recall
The Blues Brothers
48 Hours
The Nutty Professor
From Dusk til Dawn

Inglourious Basterds
Trees Lounge
Mean Streets
A Bronx Tale
The Outlaw Josey Wales
**Near Dark

Saturday, 16 March 2013


At this Birthday time of year I will be having one of my occasional cigars, Cuban of course. Cut with razor sharp implement, lit and re-lit with match (never a lighter) and nursed until it passes away (never stubbed out). In the movies and on the small screen the Cigar smoker looks different to the cigarette smoker,the Cigar has certain implications one of which is that it speaks of powerful eclectic cool to the cigarette's louche cool. Take a look.







Saturday, 9 March 2013


See You Next Wednesday*
What with Argo grabbing most of the award season headlines I thought I would take a look at some other fake films from the movies.

Chubby Rain
Angels With Filthy Souls
Nations Pride
Angels Live In My Town
Habeus Corpus
A Fistful Of Yen
Simple Jack
The Dueling Cavalier
Jews In Space
The Purple Rose Of Cairo
Fakes from:
John Landis
The Last Action Hero
Home Alone
Inglourious Basterds
Boogie Nights
The Player
Kentucky Fried Movie
Tropic Thunder
Singing In The Rain
History Of The World Part II
The Purple Rose Of Cairo