the baggy trousered misanthropist

missives issued from the lair

I’m putting this here. I don’t want anyone who knows me – whether in real life, via social media or even just as a distant shape in cyberspace – to say they haven’t heard about this or haven’t had the opportunity to watch it. If you choose not to watch it, that’s fine. That choice is part …

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  The is the most glorious and realistic representation of what it feels like to be a sixteen-year-old girl with friends that I’ve ever seen in a movie. The film is Céline Sciamma’s Girlhood. The actors were cast from street auditions. You need to watch it immediately. If not before.

Tom Hardy has got a hand fork stuck to his face. I realise it’s been an awfully long time since I’ve been to the cinema to see a mainstream action film (yes, I’m a movie snob, but in my defence I have ‘fessed up to that particular corner of wankery in previous posts) and I fully expected to …

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I was obsessed with the Titanic when I was a kid. I had a hardback book about it, passages of which I could recite verbatim, and a National Geographic video of Robert Ballard’s 1985 expedition to locate the wreck, which I watched until the modern day footage was as grainy as the images they took from the bottom …

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As bad habits go, writing  about appalling television sits on the social niceties scale alongside blowing one’s nose on the curtains. Not only does the act provoke outrage and derision at the time, but everyone feels inexplicably dirty and wrong for a long time afterwards.

So Jeremy Clarkson is in trouble again. The BBC’s swaggering, denim disturbing cash cow has been suspended from Top Gear, pending an inquiry into allegations that he “punched a producer”. Clarkson, whose list of offences during his tenure on the show is almost  as long as the Lap Time leaderboard, was on his last warning after …

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You’ve probably got an opinion on this, whether you’ve seen it or not. Nominated for six Oscars, including Best Picture, American Sniper is a Clint Eastwood directed, unapologetic tribute to the heroism of war. It tells the (true) story of Chris Kyle, a sniper who, with 160 confirmed kills, is generally considered to be the …

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