Herman J. Mankiewicz and the writing of Citizen Kane Herman Jacob Mankiewicz (November 7, 1897 - March 5, 1953) was a fascinating man, a deeply troubled man, a man of excess, a man of compassion, contradiction, and great humanity. He also held a grudge like no other. Being gifted he went to Hollywood, and, like … Continue reading The Organ Grinder’s Monkey
SCIARIO (Or 'Hitman') Director: Denis Villeneuve Writer: Taylor Sheridan Stars: Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro Plot: An idealistic FBI agent (Blunt) is enlisted by an elected government task force (Brolin, Del Toro) to aid in the escalating war against drugs at the border area between the U.S. and Mexico. *Please note: The storyline … Continue reading Hitman
The Queen (2006) Directed by Stephen Frears. With Helen Mirren, Michael Sheen, James Cromwell, Alex Jennings. The notion of any kind of hereditary monarchy simply incomprehensible to me. It is a system of government so riven with problems as to be potentially catastrophic for a country. This is why the UK have reduced the monarchy … Continue reading The Queen And I
Calvary (2014) Written and Directed by John Michael McDonagh “Killing a Priest on a Sunday, that would be a good one.” A Catholic Priest, especially on a Sunday, while he celebrates Mass, acts In Persona Christi (in the person of Christ) transforming the bread and wine in to the body and blood of Christ, re … Continue reading Crucifixion?
The Mass Shootings at UC Santa Barbara campus in California on Friday night, 9.30 pm the 23rd May 2014 Elliot Oliver Robertson Rodger (born 24th July 1991) was a 22 year old socially maladjusted youth who subscribed to a number of pick up artist and ‘men’s rights’ accounts. A deeply lonely person who was born … Continue reading Eliot Roger’s Last Video
NYMPHOMANIAC I [LARS VON TRIER](2014) I have always considered Lars Von Triers movies excessively apocalyptic in the most black humour sense imaginable. Its like as though he premises every story with a worst case scenario and pushes it to the limit to see what might happen. He does movies about the end of all life … Continue reading ‘I Cant Feel Anything’
The 1999 movie the Matrix was filled with puzzles. In some ways it was really mind blowing. For instance the biggest question, stolen from Alice in Wonderland was this: What is the Matrix? Morpheus: Do you want to know what it is? Neo: Yes. Morpheus: The Matrix is everywhere. It is all around us. Even … Continue reading Is The Matrix the World that Blinds us To The Truth?
The movie Gravity 2013, at the time of writing, has grossed over $700 million world wide. It stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, and directed by Alfonso Cuaron. Also, at the time of writing, it has collected up more awards than you can shake a stick at. Gravity won seven awards at the 86th Academy … Continue reading I’ve got a bad feeling about this movie review
I have real difficulty seeing what the reason for the furore around the torture scenes in Zero Dark Thirty, Katherine Bigelow’s latest movie. Martin Sheen has come out in opposition to it. Naomi Woolf had come out in the Guardian calling Bigelow the latest Leni Riefenstahl, and the torture scenes themselves are rather tame … Continue reading If you lie to me, I will hurt you
‘Man of Steel’ (2013) is the reboot, as they like to call it in these computer literate times, of the endlessly fascinating myth of Superman. Zack Snyder directs, with Christopher Nolan producing, and Henry Cavill starring as Kal El . Amy Adams co-stars as Lois Lane. Michael Shannon as General Zod. Kevin Costner as Jonathan … Continue reading O Superman – the Man of Steel Reboot