Archive for Straw Dogs

‘The Men Who Came Too Late and Stayed Too Long.’

Posted in Film, Observation, Pretensions toward cultural theory, Real Men with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 19, 2023 by Jarrod Boyle


Surgery is a major life event. I had a hip replacement, which means full derailment; it’s a paradigm shift quite unlike any other. And most of the time, paradigm shifts find you stranded in a world that’s changed and requires that you develop new skills in order to cope. In my case, I return to the world with a certain ability that I had lost, namely, the ability to walk and stand square and strong, without pain.

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Drag-Racing in the Desert of the Real

Posted in Film, Observation, Pretensions toward cultural theory, Reading with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 17, 2013 by Jarrod Boyle


I had an argument with some friends of mine recently about Dexter. Personally, I think that is a show for which the script is a poorly-written pretext for the violence. Continue reading

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

Intolerable Material Part 1

Posted in Film with tags , , , , , , on September 17, 2010 by Jarrod Boyle

The Killer Inside Me [DVD]

I went and saw the film The Killer Inside Me’ during the week. It had received a very good review in The Age and, being one of those people who struggles to make up his own mind, I took that as a good enough reason to go see the film. I think I was also curious about the fact that it was an ‘old’ novel; set in the USA of the nineteen-fifties. It’s not often you a see a period-piece of this nature.  Continue reading

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