Wednesday, 28 January 2015

True Detective

Typically these days, I get around seeing 'must see' television later than everyone else. Halfway through watching a repeat of season one of True Detective and I  realise I have done it again. The harrowing police procedural is superbly acted by all concerns but the stand out stars are Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey. The scripts are taught and the directing on a par with the best Hollywood movie.

The show nods to the writing of James Ellroy as well as several films: Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Deliverance and Southern Comfort. On the surface it is a police thriller but underneath it is a exploration of the power relationships between men and woman.

True Detective hasn't the breadth or societal analysis of The Wire. What makes it a 'must see' show is the acting, writing and directing. Nonetheless, 'must see' it is.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

From Jungle Book to Toy Story

Jungle Book is a great film. When I was a child I saw it many times. I even watched it a couple of times as an adult. Recently, I viewed it again and its lack of sophistication stood out compared to recent films such as Toy Story. You might think that the complexity of the Toy Story plots might be too difficult for a young child while the simplicity of Jungle Book would draw them in. In fact, it is the opposite. Disney's version of Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories is too simple. The dynamic storytelling and the great ensemble of characters holds the attention and fascinates.

Monday, 19 January 2015

Blogging resumes

Since October I have not had a chance to write any blog posts. Even the Friday quote went due to other things in my life getting in my way. All these things have been good for me but it has meant I haven't had time to write.

From this week, I am returning to blogging and hope to be writing more frequently. If not, apologies in advance.

Friday, 31 October 2014

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Shocking story of child labour

The BBC has a shocking story on its website. Over decades children were forcibly taken from their homes, against their parents' wishes, and forced to work in farms. This abuse, and misuse of power, took place in Switzerland. It was organised by the State.

You can read the story here.

Friday, 24 October 2014

Friday quote: Homer

…Simpson - "What's the point of going out? We're just gonna wind up back here anyway."

Friday, 17 October 2014

Friday quote: Thomas Jefferson

"Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far."