On ‘Fifth Columns’ and Artistic Licence

I thoroughly enjoyed ‘Darkest Hour‘; it was funny, exciting and moving. One scene showed Churchill, in his war bunker, on the phone to the U.S. president of the time, Franklin Roosevelt, beseeching F.D.R. for American help in fighting off the Nazi menace in Europe and the scene is terrific. The F.D.R. voice impersonator sounds bang on and…

2017 – 2018 Championship: Bristol City 3 Sunderland 3

Prior to the game, I called it as a draw or a loss for Bristol City on the bluffer’s basis that when all arrows are pointing in one direction that can mean that the opposite will happen. I had to slightly back-pedal on my prediction at half time, knowing that I couldn’t really rub out…

Just One View: Phantom Thread (2017)

I’ve always been a little questioning of Paul Thomas Anderson’s work. As much as I loved Inherent Vice, Magnolia, The Master, There Will Be Blood, his Boogie Nights didn’t ring true with me at all and I still don’t have the courage to watch Adam Sandler in Anderson’s Punch-Drunk Love. After this, though, I think…

British Pathé: 1910 – 1970

This was a company who did newsreels and documentaries for the British public. Now, all of their work is available on line. Many in Britain saw its anachronistic style parodied by the comedians, Harry Enfield and Ben Elton, but if one gets past that, you see history; a living history even if there’s an artifice….

From His Own Mouth…

Today, Trump – pandering to his special interests and to his base – said that pro-National Health Service demonstrations in the U.K. “proved” that universal healthcare doesn’t work (?). It was a different story when he was again pandering, but for votes this time, in 2016: Trump sez: “…I had an instance in Scotland where…

Bernie Sanders Supporter Calls The Election Correctly Five Months Out

Cenk from TYT calls it four months out. Both the caller and Cenk got the ‘word on the street’, Huggy Bear-style and felt it coming. Other experts and pundits, as Cenk says here, are based in Los Angeles, Washington and New York and seemingly prefer to keep refreshing the ‘538’ site rather than getting out…

Stevie Wonder on Sesame Street

Imagine being a little kid, watching Sesame Street, and being hit with seven minutes of hard funk. We’d probably all feel like the girl at 0.38. One might surmise that this was from a more enlightened time but I’m guessing that it’s perhaps 1972 and, therefore, there was another maniac in the White House even…

Retrospective Look At 2014 World Cup Semi-Final: Brazil 1 Germany 7

I was screaming too much that I missed the original commentary. It wasn’t so much that Germany were that great, it was more that Brazil were a shambles and disgrace that completely fell to pieces. And while playing in Brazil. In the World Cup Semi-Final. Brazil were woefully unconvincing to me, on their way to…