Watching a bad movie can be an incredibly depressing experience. You’re watching paper-thin characters spout inane dialogue while perusing some ill-defined McGuffin when a horrible realisation dawns on you: you have paid for this feeling. If not with money, then at the very least with your time. At the end of a ninety-minute bad movie… Continue reading What Makes a Good Bad Movie?
Given the world’s ever-increasing obsession with technology – the way gadgets control us more than we control them; as these technologies, supposedly designed to make our lives easier, only lead to further reliance on technologies – Modern Times (1936) is now more timely than ever before. The promised future of a world where machines do… Continue reading Chaplin Greats
Several years ago, I attended the Melbourne leg of a national speaking tour by Australian ex-pat journalist and humourist Clive James; back Down Under to promote his latest book, Cultural Amnesia. For some obscure reason that I cannot recall, during the audience interaction at the event, the subject of actor Michael Caine cropped up for… Continue reading Acting Without Acting: On Michael Caine and Lee Marvin in Sunday’s Crime Drama Greats
That’s what Thumper asks as he watches Bambi attempt to stand up and walk for the first time. Bambi is Disney’s earlier version of Simba. Divined into princedom from birth, Bambi’s biggest challenge is learning the symbolic order and entering into the patriarch. All the small marsupials and birds of the forest are there to… Continue reading Kinda Wobbly, Isn’t He?