I’ve met three famous people in my life. Or, maybe not met – at least not exactly. We were not introduced in the way you might meet another person, with hand shakes and “Pleased to meet you” and all that. No, these were more like encounters. Like what you might do at a zoo with the animals. You pay a little extra and next thing you know you’re in the enclosure mixing it up with the kangaroos, or the giraffes. And by ‘mixing it up’ I mean walking a well-defined path while the animals come to you, if you’re lucky. Continue reading
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Rewatching Black Swan this week, I was surprised all over again that somehow it managed to be nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. Not surprised in the sense I couldn’t believe anybody would think it the Best Picture of the year – after all, when recapping 2010, I thought it the Best Film of 2010. Rather, I was surprised because the film is such a daring and outré choice for such a historically conservative body to even think about giving Best Picture to.
After all, Black Swan is a film so unrelentingly dark, and the drama so built on fragile psychology and overt sexuality – hetero, homo and incestual – that it seems like the kind of film the Academy would normally run away from like their hair was on fire. Don’t forget, this is the same body of milquetoasts that routinely gives Stephen Daldry nominations for films that are generally regarded as being lousy and chose the insipid Crash over the game-changing Brokeback Mountain. Continue reading
For a little more than a year I’ve been writing book reviews for another website, not my own. It’s been sporadic, and mostly done in my spare time and only when I feel like it, which partly explains why nearly a year passed between my most recent two reviews. The other part is explained by the latest book I reviewed, a dreadful little thing called Poisonous that I think you should avoid like the plague, because it’s terrible. Because it’s beyond terrible. That’s why I won’t say who it’s by or where you can buy it, or show you the picture of the cover or link to the review or anything. In other words I don’t want it to be easier for you to buy it, because I don’t think you should waste your time and money. If you read it, the best you’ll feel is indifferent and since nobody likes reading things that leave them indifferent, it’s better to just avoid it. Continue reading