Film Review: Dune, directed by Denis Villeneuve

“Today’s mega-Audience is way better trained, and TV has discarded what is not needed. A dog, if you point at something, will look only at your finger.” David Foster Wallace I’m currently reading “Everything, everywhere, all the time”, Stuart Jeffries’s fun pop-culture polemic about how post-modernism has taken over both the world and our souls.Continue reading “Film Review: Dune, directed by Denis Villeneuve”

Review: Legs comedy present Logs, Soho Theatre

This review first appeared on Phoenix Remix I’ve seen Legs Comedy do Logs twice in one week. Does that make me a Logs ultra? The first time was a mere ten minutes of wood at ACMS. Tonight was the full, burning, forest of their hour long show at Soho Theatre, at the pleasingly wild timeContinue reading “Review: Legs comedy present Logs, Soho Theatre”

Film Review: Chungking Express by Wong Kar Wai

“The body loses water when you jog, so you have none left for tears” 1994 was a different time. Quentin Tarantino was considered talented. Hong Kong was a British colony. And Wong Kar Wai was a relative upstart, rather than the superstar he became after In The Mood For Love. Tarantino himself was a bigContinue reading “Film Review: Chungking Express by Wong Kar Wai”

Isolation / Don’t Look Back

Turns out it was Covid. I am marooned in the suburbs, self-isolating in my parents’ house, and holy water supplies are dangerously low. In lockdown III I wrote an album. In this, my own, personal lockdown, I’ve decided to try and do the same, even though I don’t have my mics or indeed most ofContinue reading “Isolation / Don’t Look Back”

Monkey Swallows The Universe

A slightly lost week this week, being ill, waiting to see if I have Covid. I suspect I just have a (“the?”) flu, but one might as well be sure and there’s a walk in centre just down the road. Once I was able to get out of bed, I went and stuck the stickContinue reading “Monkey Swallows The Universe”

Modernism from Archway to Belsize Park

Oh, Archway. So much to answer for. We emerged, blinking, into the unexpected sunshine from the tube, and were greeted by the greasy stench of a nearby McDonald’s and the sight of a cyclist bravely heading up the hill to Highgate. There are, broadly, three types of modernist architecture walk in London. One: Marvel atContinue reading “Modernism from Archway to Belsize Park”

Cycling from New Malden to Kingston (and why it’s shit)

Hello! I’m gonna try and make more cycling videos because, in the words of Dr Zoidberg, why not already. There is a quieter route between these two places but it’s a meandering backstreet one. If we’re serious about encouraging modal shift – and we should be, in a climate emergency – it’s routes along mainContinue reading “Cycling from New Malden to Kingston (and why it’s shit)”

Next Level Sketch, Hoopla at The Miller, September 28th 2021

I’ve started asking random audience members who also happen to be my friends to draw our sketches, citing some arcane law about sketch comedy events being illegal unless someone is sketching them at all times. Below are some Next Level Sketch sketches. It was an excellent show, with great performances from our cast and superContinue reading “Next Level Sketch, Hoopla at The Miller, September 28th 2021”

Failed Hate Crime

Last night in New Malden I witnessed a failed hate crime. A bunch of idiot young white men drove past a popular Korean BBQ restaurant and shouted “Napalm!” at the people queuing outside. Now, these morons didn’t even have the confidence of their racism; they didn’t shout it particularly loudly. No one heard it exceptContinue reading “Failed Hate Crime”