Classically Lacking is a series where I tackle classics which have passed me by and pass judgement on them. Have they held up? Are they worth revisiting? This week, I'm taking on a Christmas classic in a genre I - stereotypically - know little about: the Rom Com. On the latest episode of Mark Kermode… Continue reading Love Actually (Classically Lacking)
Sunday Morning Stuff 10/11
Two Sunday's in a row I've had no work so I'm once again coming to you live from my post-run Sunday seat, rattling out a steady stream of stuff that I've enjoyed, so that now you can too! Second hand books, RPG's, grimy rap, experimental pop, big budget TV, independent film... What more do you… Continue reading Sunday Morning Stuff 10/11
Night of the Living Dead
There was a time not so long ago when the world was infected with zombie madness. I’m thinking between the mid-noughties to the early tens, starting roughly with Zack Snyder's Dawn of the Dead remake and Shaun of the Dead in 2004 all the way to World War Z in 2013 (which also saw the… Continue reading Night of the Living Dead
Classically Lacking is a series of reviews where I tackle some so-called-classics which have passed me by and make an argument either for or against going back and taking them on if you've missed them too, because who has time these days? You know how many shows Netflix has? And I don't mean Friends I… Continue reading Suspiria (1977)
Children of Men
L.A. Confidential – Classically Lacking #10
Adapted from the James Elroy novel of the same name, LA Confidential uses a typically twisted and layered plot of deception, lies, and vice, to study its central cast of characters and their relationship to justice in a city riddled with racial tension and inequality, which means that although set in the 50’s and made in the 90’s, it still speaks to contemporary issues.
Some Like It Hot – Classically Lacking #8
The Princess Bride – Classically Lacking #7
In 2018 the world lost William Goldman, writer of Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid, All the Presidents Men, and The Princess Bride, a movie that, to my great shame, I had never seen. As the industry, and beyond, recalled Goldman’s talent and success, I felt as if I was missing out on something tremendous.
Dr Strangelove – Classically Lacking #5
Why do terrible things happen? Sometimes, there is no reason. Sometimes, terrible things just happen, and we can do little but mourn and move on. Yet, there are some terrible things which should be easily within the controlling grasp of man. War, for instance. Notice I write should. War has happened, is happening, and continues… Continue reading Dr Strangelove – Classically Lacking #5