Notes On A Film: Crazy Heart


Crazy Heart is not the sort of film I would go to the cinema to watch. A film about an alcoholic country music singer/songwriter who was once famous but is now playing small bars is more of my dad’s thing; if it wasn’t for Jeff Bridges finally getting his Oscar after all this time, I could easily have waited for…

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Notes On A Film: Green Zone


It’s not surprising that this film didn’t do as well as it could have done, although it is a shame – it is an intelligent action thriller, exactly the sort of thing to give the genre a good name and provide a thought-provoking yet simultaneously exciting film, something of which there aren’t enough, let alone this good. I think that…

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Notes On A Film: A Single Man


A Single Man is a day in the life of a middle-aged English college professor (Colin Firth) in Los Angeles in 1962 as he decides that he doesn’t want to live any more after the death of his long-term younger partner (Matthew Goode) in a car accident. During the day, he gives his lecture, has a conversation with a student…

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Memory: I want to take you to a gay bar


Another memory. Didn’t mean to have another so soon. We shall see. An acquaintance had recently come out after moving to London. Either as a show of support or because the girls wanted a legitimate excuse to go to a gay bar, he invited us to the Rupert Street bar, on Rupert Street in Soho. I think I was brought…

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Meeting Margaret Thatcher


It is a hot Saturday evening, so I thought I’d share an old memory, doing something a little different. I might try doing this again, if I feel like it has any value. This is a true story. Not ‘A True Story’ as in Fargo, where the fiction of the truth is used to make the fiction more heightened. This…

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From A Library – Green Arrow/Black Canary: The Wedding Album


Green Arrow and Black Canary Wedding Special #1 by Judd Winick and Amanda Conner, Green Arrow and Black Canary #1–5 by Judd Winick and Cliff Chiang Although I think The Adventures Of Barry Ween, Boy Genius is one of the greatest comic books ever, I’ve not been a particular fan of Winick’s mainstream superhero work (and I’ve tried). Fortunately, he…

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Bargain Bag: Marvel Zombies 3


Marvel Zombies v3 #1–4 by Fred Van Lente and Kev Walker I don’t really get the appeal of the zombie thing – it’s all rather grim, even with the black sense of humour that usually accompanies it. I’ve enjoyed some of the films (Shaun Of The Dead, Zombieland) but they’re more comedies than zombie films – I think the fetish…

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