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John Pilger vs the American Psycho

Posted in Film, Observation with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 15, 2012 by Jarrod Boyle

John Pilger, journalist and documentarian, criticized the film [The Hurt Locker] in The New Statesman, writing that “it offers a vicarious thrill via yet another standard-issue psychopath high on violence in somebody else’s country where the deaths of a million people are consigned to cinematic oblivion.” He compared the praise given to The Hurt Locker to the accolades given to 1978’s The Deer Hunter.[42] Continue reading

Ernest Borgnine RIP

Posted in Film, Real Men with tags , , , on July 9, 2012 by Jarrod Boyle

Ernest Borgnine, who co-starred alongside William Holden in Peckinpah’s 1969 masterpiece, The Wild Bunch, has died of kidney failure, aged 95.

 

My First Gay Porn Film

Posted in Film, Observation, Pornography with tags , , , on June 3, 2012 by Jarrod Boyle

This is one for the feminazis. Continue reading

Comparative Religions in 'Game of Thrones'.

Posted in Film, Real Men with tags on May 19, 2012 by Jarrod Boyle

“Do you pray to the Gods?”

“The old and the new.”

There is only one God, and his name is Death. And there is only one thing we say to Death; not today.”

Biting the Hand That feeds

Posted in Film, Observation with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 14, 2012 by Jarrod Boyle

As a young man, George A. Romero was one of my heroes. Continue reading

Of Gods and Men

Posted in Film on January 4, 2012 by Jarrod Boyle

“Accepting our powerlessness and our extreme poverty is an invitation, and urgent appeal to create with others relationships not based on power. Recognising my weaknesses, I accept those of others. I can bear them, make them mine, in imitation of Christ. Such an attitude transforms us for our mission. Weakness is in itself not a virtue but the expression of a fundamental reality which must constantly be refashioned by faith, hope and love. The apostle’s weakness is like Christ’s: rooted in the mystery of Easter and the strength of the spirit. It is neither passivity nor resignation. It requires great courage and incites one to defend justice and truth and to denounce the temptation of force and power.”

–       Of Gods and Men, 34 minute mark.

 

Sometimes you see or hear or read something that, regardless of its quality, cuts you right to the quick. Continue reading

The Dark Knight

Posted in Film with tags , , , , , , , , on December 26, 2011 by Jarrod Boyle

I sat down and had another go at Batman Begins the other night. After sitting through the first ridiculous half-hour, it sucked me in. It’s a great looking film, and distinctly Christopher Nolan; he’s only 41 (so says Wikipedia) and he’s been permitted to make a whole lot of frighteningly big-budget films, real close together. How you feel about them depends on whether you feel that his tropes are strongly established (a Kubrickian sense of individuals dwarfed by technology and architecture, organised along ruthlessly symmetrical lines) or all a bit repetitive. I’m willing to ascribe to the former. Continue reading

Icons: Part I

Posted in Film, Journalism, Observation with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 24, 2011 by Jarrod Boyle

Many years ago, my good friend Jonathan Devenish and I dragged ourselves off to see Andrei Rublev at the now-defunct Lumiere Cinema. Continue reading

'Goodfellas' Versus 'Love Ranch'

Posted in Film with tags , , , , , , , on June 28, 2011 by Jarrod Boyle

I think it’s time for a genre called ‘Scorsese’. Continue reading

Cardinal Sin

Posted in Film, Journalism with tags , , , , on June 4, 2011 by Jarrod Boyle

 

When you go to see a mainstream film, you know you’re going to have to put up with certain things. Continue reading

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