Tuesday, 28 May 2013


2013 so far has been quite good for less, shall we say, mainstream movies. The majority of releases have been of the Buster Blocking variety but, based on my cinema going thus far in 2013, the independent and lower budget scene
has produced some enjoyable fare.
Here's my favourite five of the bunch that I've been to see. 
A great piece about childhood and family, Eloise Laurence is superb as the child juggling with her feelings and morals.
A movie that is like a great HBO series condensed into 140 minutes with a number of great performances. It is a movie that you think is taking you in one direction only to take a detour into more complex territory.
Yes McConaughey really has resurrected his career, off the back of last year's excellent Killer Joe he plays Southern enigma perfectly in this film that many have called a cross between Huckleberry Finn and The Go-Between. This movie creates a dream like state and has a great deal of heart.
 Chan-wook Park's promising US debut is a slow burn Hitchcockian journey. Shades of Shadow Of A Doubt  tinge this Gothic family drama.

A old school style movie star vehicle. Flight uses Denzel Washington's star power to tell a story of addiction and responsibility. Kelly Reilly is particularly good as the junkie that Washington tries to make his codependent. A message movie with a crash sequence of pure exhilaration, masterfully directed by Robert Zemeckis. 

Friday, 24 May 2013


The Looters
Paul Cook, Steve Jones, Ray Winstone, Paul Simonon
What do you get if you put together the Sex Pistols Guitarist and Drummer, the Clash's Bassist and Ray Winstone? The Looters as featured in the movie Ladies and Gentlemen the Fabulous Stains.
Diane Lane, Laura Dern and Marin Kanter play the eponymous female punk band in this Canadian oddity from 1982 but it's the Looters who steal the show. The Looters are pretty much The Profesionals which was a project that Jones & Cook took on the road and recorded with.
The Looters-Join the Professionals
The Professionals-Just another dream

Monday, 20 May 2013



 There I was having a bit of a tidy up and I stumbled upon some collections of Gary Larson's superb Far Side. Needless to say I got rather distracted and spent most of the afternoon perusing them. Larson's work defies description, but in single panel form he gives a unique perspective on life.
Sadly he retired on January 1st 1995, only stepping back behind the easel for a 2003 cover of The New Yorker Magazine, but left behind works that are enjoyable, funny and distinct. Here is a selection of my very favourites.

"You know those little Snow Globes that you shake up? I always thought my brain was sort of like that. You know, where you just give it a shake and watch what comes out and shake it again. It's like that."-Gary Larson

all images copyright Gary Larson

Saturday, 18 May 2013


Tina Turner v Mad Max / Grace Jones v James Bond

Pop stars have egos, as all performers do, but sometimes those egos lead them to believe they can multi-task and enter the acting fray. Some can and have but others have found themselves in strange roles. The lure of playing opposite iconic characters proving too strong for common sense to prevail. Then there are the downright 'seemed a good idea at the time' parts that leave one asking if money really is that strong an antidote to reasoned decision making. Here are a few incongruous face offs, with the eighties being a particularly fruitful era.

Liberace v Batman
Of course the sixties Batman TV show was all about high camp, even so Liberace as a villain is pushing that particular envelope.

Kelly Rowland v Freddie Kruger
Ex member of Destiny's Child in face off with Horror icon,the inevitable question: why?

Debbie Gibson & Tiffany v Mega Python & Gatoroid
Eighties Pap Pop icons game for a laugh in 
this monster mash

Vanilla Ice v Small Town America
Rebel without a pause button gets 
down with the kids, only not.

Sting v God
I'm not one of those with any axe to grind with Sting but even by his dubious thespian standards this is a stretch

 Boy George v Rednecks
George himself is the first to admit that he was in a drug induced daze throughout the shoot of this not so classic episode of the A-Team. Excruciating? you betcha

Spice Girls v British Cinema
What can one say about this movie? The Holy Grail of bad British cinema...forget that, it's the Holy Grail of bad cinema full stop. Inexcusably awful, these preposterous popsters almost set back the cause of the dramatic arts in the UK with this 30 second sketch spread wafer thin into feature length purgatory.

David Bowie v Berlin
Not sure what Bowie's gigolo was up to in this debacle but he was surrounded by good actors who can take no pride in their contribution. Looking back, Bowie is the first to admit it was an unmitigated disaster.

Monday, 13 May 2013



Kevin Bacon currently appears in a number of his movie guises in the EE mobile phone advert. We get to see A Few Good Men Bacon, Apollo 13 Bacon, Friday 13th Bacon, Footloose Bacon and hear Hollow Man Bacon discuss the merits of mobile phones in a lighthearted cinephile friendly campaign. This got me to thinking about what an advert would be like if it replaced these Bacons
with the following Bacons:
Sleepers Bacon
The Woodsman Bacon
JFK Bacon
Flatliners Bacon
X-Men:First Class Bacon