The Enduring Office

BY ANDREW MOODY Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s 2001-03 mockumentary The Office is leaving Netflix on the 29th of June. Most people are familiar with the TV show, at the turn of the century this charming, hilarious (and very English) comedy hit pay dirt, and Gervais was catapulted to rockstar status. Now twenty years since it first hit TV screens, it seems like the right … Continue reading The Enduring Office

The Other Boleyn Girl

BY ANDREW MOODY In 2008, several years before either Game of Thrones or The Crown debuted on TV, Eric Bana starred as Henry the VIII in The Other Boleyn Girl, opposite starlets Natalie Portman and Scarlet Johannson who played Anne and Mary Boleyn. Now the movie has reached streaming service Netflix. After compulsively gorging on the first four seasons of Peter Morgan’s The Crown, I … Continue reading The Other Boleyn Girl

Brüno

BY ANDREW MOODY There is something deeply compelling about Sacha Baron Cohen’s 2009 mockumentary Brüno, directed by Larry Charles, who he had collaborated with on the 2006 blockbuster Borat. Held together with an extraordinary performance by Cohen, who takes the Stanislavsky method to heights rarely seen before in cinematic history, what intrigues me after years of watching the movie is just how dangerous the film … Continue reading Brüno

Filthy Rich

BY ANDREW MOODY It will never be conclusively proven that billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein committed suicide. In the recent Netflix show Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich (based on James Patterson’s book), the idea that Epstein was murdered in a prison hit, ordered from high above, is considered. It was in production nine months before his arrest on sex trafficking charges, and the film makers used the … Continue reading Filthy Rich

The Ideology of Failure

BY ANDREW MOODY When researching Stephen Pax Leonard, the author of the 2018 Conservative polemic The Ideology of Failure: How Europe Bought Into Ideas That Will Weaken and Divide It, I couldn’t find any reviews of the book. In my search however, I found articles from 2018 about Leonard’s unpaid Research position at Durham university being cancelled after he allegedly posted Antisemitic and Islamophobic tweets, … Continue reading The Ideology of Failure

Mindhunter

BY ANDREW MOODY The problem as I see it is that you get young psychiatrists and psychologists and social workers who are idealistic, having been taught at their universities that they really can make a difference. Then they come up against these guys in prison, and they want to feel that they’ve changed them……In a short time, the convict will know if the doctor has … Continue reading Mindhunter

Extraterrestrial

BY ANDREW MOODY A characteristic common to all intelligence officers, East and West, is that they have a special open-mindedness. For them nothing is impossible, just because it is improbable. That’s a quote I’ve pilfered from the late Robert Anton Wilson, former editor of Playboy and co-author of the mind-bending conspiracy novel The Illuminatus! Trilogy, which I feel fits in perfectly for this review of … Continue reading Extraterrestrial

Conclusions

BY ANDREW MOODY British filmmaker John Boorman (CBE) has seen and done it all. The director of Point Blank, Hell in the Pacific, Deliverance, Zardoz, Exorcist II: The Heretic, Excalibur, The Emerald Forest, Hope and Glory, The General, The Tailor of Panama, Queen and Country. “What a life!” Harold Pinter said, “What a career!” Conclusions continues the story of Boorman’s vast experiences in filmmaking that began with Adventures of a Suburban Boy. Written when he … Continue reading Conclusions

#StayWoke

BY ANDREW MOODY I may be a simple Kensington girl with a modest trust fund and a thirst for justice, but it is my destiny to guide your generation to a new world order. I’m like a younger, hotter, female version of the Pied Piper of Hamelin, and you are my rats. So writes everyone’s favourite ecosexual, socialist, trans-disabled, intersectional feminist, Titania McGrath, who returns … Continue reading #StayWoke