Saturday, 18 November 2017

"How do we get ahead of crazy if we don't know how crazy thinks" - Netflix's "Mindhunter" series is a stunner

I made the mistake of gulping down the whole of the new Netflix series Mindhunter over the course of two evenings last week. Stunning - if you like that sort of thing, and I do...

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...