Monday, 13 November 2017

Gay lions, the wisdom of four-year olds, poppies, and cuddly Marxists...

Hard not to agree with the little twerp for once - even though this is pretty much exactly what he was saying about the Labour Party this time last year.  It's also hard to disagree with any of the following tweets: 

Saturday, 11 November 2017

The great actor Claude Rains, started out with a cockney accent and a stutter!

I was watching Claude Rains in The Man Who Watched Trains Go By (1952) last night, when it struck me that I knew absolutely nothing about him. I suppose I was for once fully focussed on the actor because he is the undoubted star of the film, whereas (with the notable exception of his first American film, 1933's The Invisible Man, in which we barely see him) his most famous screen parts have been in supporting roles - e.g. King John in The Adventures of Robin Hood (a performance modelled on his friend, Bette Davis, apparently), The Wolf Man, King's Row, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Now, Voyager, Notorious, Lawrence of Arabia and, of course, as Captain Louis Renault in Casablanca. So, when the film ended...

Grady Hendrix's "Paperbacks from Hell" is a wildly enjoyable slice of popular cultural history

 Grady Hendrix begins his recently-published Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of '70s and '80s Horror Fiction in the following way:

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Stranger Things 2 is nine hours of pure, unalloyed televisual delight

Yes, I know - you're busy working your way through a box-set of really depressing Jean-Luc Godard movies, or you're catching up with some frocking historical drama series on ITV, or...

Penguin 1970s science-fiction covers may be the best of the lot

Cover by Adrian Chesterman, 1979
I've been brain-fogged for a couple of days, so I've spending a lot of time on Pinterest, sorting out...