Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood (2019)

Is this Tarantino’s best film? Probably not. Is it his most violent? While it has its moments, I’m going to say no. What it might be though is his most optimistic movie? It’s beautifully constructed, exhibiting a masterful use of music, that subtlety transports you into the psyche of the time. The most interesting thing for me is the way he reimagines the era with a strange kind of optimism. He weaves into all of the self doubt, anger, blood, drugs, and chomping dog bites, the possibility of better world. He does this by making you pause and think about what could’ve been, and when you do that you’re forced to ask, how can things be different?


Arctic (2018)

A strong piece of pure cinema. Hardly any dialogue, just pictures and sound telling the story. Mads Mikkelsen is engaging as the man battling to survive against a hostile environment. Bloody good.

John Sweeney’s whistle-blower letter to OfCom

Why isn’t it getting more attention?

Prompted by Boris Johnson’s refusal to release the “Russian Report”, John Sweeney has turned whistle-blower.

He sent the this letter dated November 4 2019 to OfCom accusing BBC News and Current Affairs of being risk-averse, and or corrupt.

His accusations are the the latest in a long line of stories relating to Russian interference in British politics.

John Sweeney’s letter to OfCom

Here is the Twitter thread that prompted Mr. Sweeney to release his letter to OfCom.


Open Grave (2013)

A drip feed thriller that holds all your attention. It plays with ideas of memory, and sits interestingly into the genre of virus apocalypse movies, without giving it all away at the beginning. A really solid effort from all involved. Also it’s directed by Gonzalo López-Gallego, the man behind the 2011 film Apollo 18. A found footage story that reveals the real reasons NASA has never been back to the moon. Both defiantly worth your time.

Hustlers (2019)

There’s a lot to like about this film. It’s written and directed by a woman, has a strong female cast, and concentrates exclusively on the relationships between the female characters.

The men are all weak in some way, driven by ego or insecurity, and of course their libido. Why else would they be in a strip club? They treat women with either contempt, something to be bought, or with reverence, something to be worshipped. Never to be respected, or thought of as equal.

The women exploit the weaknesses of men to get what they want, money. That’s the world, men treat women badly, women get their revenge by ripping men off, ironically reinforcing the view that women are there to be exploited.

I might be wrong about that but it’s the way it seems. These are independent women taking charge of their lives, but only in world where the relationships between men and women are always exploitative. Perhaps it’s best viewed as a story that takes stock rather than one offering a solution.

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