Category: Popular Culture

What is it about lists?

I have to admit that I cannot find fault with the top ten comedies of all time as selected by all those critics. I’d probably put most if not all of them into my most loved comedies. Would you?

What makes a cult film

I am sure we all have our own list of favoured cult directors and films; the more obscure, the greater one’s cineaste credentials. I am not going to reveal mine, but I do wonder what credentials are needed for both the creator and the created.

Get familiar with your local gallery

There are hundreds of smaller galleries across the country showing a wide programme of work. They may feature local/regional artists or show touring exhibitions. It is well worth getting frequented with the galleries in your local area and subscribe to their mailing list to keep up to date.

Sizzling summer blockbusters – A Hollywood fantasy

What is it about the Hollywood movie marketing machine? Headlines are everywhere about the latest box-office busting summer hit. This time it’s Wonder Woman, as I type the largest ever grossing film by a female director. Actually one of the most successful movies by a director of any sex.

A very French affair

This year the festival kicked off with the all-important Cannes scandal that is meant to shock, enrage and stimulate debate. It was the inclusion of a Netflix movie that – shock, horror, was not going to have a cinema release in France.

It’s all in the soundtrack

There is one thing that exercises my ire when watching films more than anything else and that is the pointless over use of music and sound effects. Television is the main culprit, but cinema is also in the frame. I have railed against the ghastly wash of muzak as background fill with broadcaster and fellow producers and dared them to simply live without it.

Watching movies can be hard work

So much of the time most of us spend at the cinema is simply being entertained – and that’s a great thing, don’t get me wrong. But there comes a time when just being entertained really isn’t enough. As those of you who read my occasional blogs will know, I’m a bit of a fan of the double bill. It’s environmentally friendly – fewer journey times – but often such long evenings out are emotional, intellectual and sensory overload.

Collection review: Alexander McQueen Aw17

Last February I worked on the Autumn/Winter ’17 collection for Alexander McQueen, developing textiles and embroideries. The great environment and creative designers with different backgrounds, nationalities and skills make the studio space a very welcome and inspiring place to work.

Jargon or jargoff?

– an adjective defined as ‘relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief’.

Asghar Farhadi – An artist for our times?

Whether The Salesman, Asghar Farhadi’s latest movie was deserving of its Academy Award this year – there has been much discourse amongst film critics that this is well off his best work – there is no doubt that he is one of the most important and brilliant film makers of today.