Many years ago I chanced upon a science fiction film being shown on television. I was very young at the time, maybe ten or eleven years old. Most of the major plot details, the actors who starred in the film, any lines of dialogue spoken, even the title, since then had been erased from my mind, […]Read more "Was it Called The Melancholic Android or Making Mr. Right?: The Deception of Film Memory"
Actor, director, and artist Dennis Hopper staged performances of British poet Rudyard Kipling’s “If” throughout his career. In Kipling’s original poem, the voice is that of a father offering prudent advice to the son on how to be a man and remain focused in the grip of conflict. The conflict discussed in Kipling’s poem is […]Read more "The Middle Word in Life: Dennis Hopper and Rudyard Kipling’s ‘If’"
The collection of trailers that have appeared for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and one could argue the entire marketing strategy employed for the film, has been a successful exercise in the art of the tease. In November 2014, a short (one minute and twenty-six second) trailer revealed very little, yet still got fans salivating for what […]Read more "The Force Awakens and the Art of the Tease"
At the VMA awards in August 2015, Kanye West took to the stage to accept his Video Vanguard Award from Taylor Swift. He concluded his acceptance speech by announcing that he would be running for President of the United States in 2020. The audience, consisting of multi-millionaires, bestselling musicians and mega celebrities, all cheered and […]Read more "The Kanye West Wing and the Rise of the Entertainment State"
The kind of male companionship depicted in the buddy movie genre has been a staple of American cinema since the early 1960’s. Whilst the lonesome male figure reveals existential turmoil and a sense of cool, silent detachment (see Drive or Taxi Driver for example), having two male main characters allows for a dynamism and those […]Read more "Bromance Is Dead: Male Failure In Humpday And Old Joy"