Newsletter / Don’t Look Up / Boiling Point

January is nearly over and I’m only just easing into it. Like a Victorian gentleman emerging from a preposterous bathing contraption, I suppose I will eventually dip my toe into 2022. But I remain wary. I’ve just written my latest newsletter, promoting all the various comedy things I’ve got planned over the next few weeks.Continue reading “Newsletter / Don’t Look Up / Boiling Point”

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”

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”

Film Review: Limbo, starring Amir El-Masry and Vikash Bhai

This film opens with two middle aged Scottish TEFL teachers doing a sexy dance to teach “consent 101” to a bunch of bemused asylum seekers. The scene is beautifully and starkly framed; these woolly liberals grabbing butt, not those seeking a better life, are the butt of the joke. But as the camera cut fromContinue reading “Film Review: Limbo, starring Amir El-Masry and Vikash Bhai”

Shoplifters review: Kore-Eda’s heartbreaking film of belonging and surviving

A child falling from a concrete walkway; the oranges he was carrying rolling away on the road below. A bunch of exhausted construction workers bitch and moan in the minivan on the way to the site. A local fixer, pressurising a granny to sell up her house for development, accepts tea and denies the primaryContinue reading “Shoplifters review: Kore-Eda’s heartbreaking film of belonging and surviving”