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Clive James RIP

Yesterday my brother gave me a lift from the south coast back to my home. On the way I commented that we should remember the date Wednesday 27th November 2019 because one day in some far off Pub Trivia Quiz it was possible that the question might come up as to which three culturally-significant [...]

November 28, 2019 // 0 Comments

Robert Mitchum and Winds of War

The recent reference in Bernadette’s (Angell) negative review of World on Fire to Winds of War prompted me to acquire the 6 DVDs of the series and revisit the career of Robert Mitchum, one of my favourites of the leading Hollywood actors. Robert Mitchum was certainly not yer normal Hollywood [...]

November 17, 2019 // 0 Comments

2 1/2 sporting documentaries

Whilst grateful to Neil Rosen for his in-flight recommendation of Lost in Translation I was drawn to that section of movies on the plane titled “sports documentaries” and watched two and a half of those. The first was The Edge – the story behind the Revival of England cricket in 2007 [...]

November 10, 2019 // 0 Comments

Lost in Translation

The Rusters asked me to recommend an in-flight movie from the menu and I chose one of my favourite films set in Tokyo – Lost in Translation. It is the first film directed by Sofia Coppola and featured memorable performances by Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray. Bill Murray born in Chicago [...]

November 7, 2019 // 0 Comments

I think I’m turning Japanese … [Not?]*

(Note: * above is a reference to the worldwide single hit Turning Japanese by The Vapors, taken off their 1980 album New Clear Days). Despite our Rust delegation out in Japan continuing to set new standards of reporting excellence, overnight I spotted a piece in the British media suggesting that [...]

October 30, 2019 // 0 Comments

Tim’s Vermeer

Johannes Vermeer, the Dutch Baroque painter (1638-75) was always admired for his photo-like lucidity. In this documentary Texan inventor Tim Jenison advances the theory that to achieve such a photo-like realism Vermeer must have used the technique of painting from an optic in a dark room (camera [...]

October 8, 2019 // 0 Comments

Something to write home about

As it happens I was out on the golf course yesterday partaking in a traditional practice round in the company of a Canadian relative by marriage in advance of an annual family tournament – an outing in days of yore used to be a welcome warm-up for the main event. Sadly, I fear that at my stage of [...]

October 4, 2019 // 0 Comments

Another fading branch of the Establishment

The vexed issue of the future of public service broadcasting in the UK seems to be back on the agenda. Hard on the heels of, firstly, the findings of the BBC’s own internal complaints executive that Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis had been too ‘persistent and personal’ to the point of [...]

September 25, 2019 // 0 Comments

Remind you of anyone?

When times get tough and every news bulletin seems to bring details of new chaotic developments to your living room that out-do those of the day before, the average UK citizen could be forgiven for thinking that the world has gone plumb loco. Boris Johnson became Prime Minister on 24th July – not [...]

September 12, 2019 // 0 Comments

Film criticism and Mark Kermode

In France film reviewing is taken very seriously. The film review magazine Cahiers du Cinema – literally translated as “Exercise books of Cinema” – spawned a fine generation of Auteurs like Jean Luc Goddard, Francois Truffaut and Alain Resnais. In the UK film reviewing can [...]

August 13, 2019 // 0 Comments

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