#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

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

BY ANDREW MOODY The Manson Family murders in Los Angeles in August 1969 changed the face of Hollywood. The writer Joan Didion, later an enormous influence on LA enfant terrible Bret Easton Ellis, wrote that when she heard the news of the ghoulish killing of heavily pregnant actress Sharon Tate: “I was sitting in the shallow end of my sister-in-law’s swimming pool in Beverley Hills … Continue reading Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Scenes from a Revolution

BY ANDREW MOODY Film critic Mark Harris opens his epic Scenes from a Revolution: the Birth of the New Hollywood in 1967, two years before Peter Biskind’s iconic Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex Drugs and Rock and Roll Generation Saved Hollywood. Biskind placed New Hollywood’s arrival in 1969, with Dennis Hopper’s smash hit Easy Rider, the Manson Family killings, the chaos of Altamont, … Continue reading Scenes from a Revolution

Last Night at the Viper Room

BY ANDREW MOODY At 1.51 am on Halloween 1993, Dr Paul Silka at Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre officially pronounced River Jude Phoenix  dead. He was 23. Just over an hour before, at 12.45 am, he had been given a cup of liquid containing a speed ball of cocaine and heroin. Shortly after, he collapsed inside Johnny Depp’s Hollywood club The Viper Room, before being taken outside, … Continue reading Last Night at the Viper Room

Chasing the Light

BY ANDREW MOODY Academy Award winning filmmaker and Vietnam veteran Oliver Stone has divided audiences for decades. His obsession with liberal politics and war guilt over America’s participation in what he claims are illegal wars make him one of the most contentious major filmmakers in Hollywood. His recent memoir Chasing the Light: How I Fought My Way into Hollywood is essential reading for fans of … Continue reading Chasing the Light

The Executioner’s Song

BY ANDREW MOODY Gary Gilmore was once as famous as most movie stars or athletes. Parodies of him played on Saturday Night Live. Johnny Cash called him on Death Row. Gilmore had been released from prison after twelve and a half years, spent nine months of freedom falling back into petty crime, developed a relationship with a teenage divorcee, before randomly killing two men. He … Continue reading The Executioner’s Song

Autobiography

BY ANDREW MOODY In my younger days, I was introduced to The Smiths, the eighties guitar band founded by Morrissey and Johnny Marr. I was immediately drawn to their melancholy music, it spoke of a world of loneliness and poverty, of sexual ambiguity, of criminality. Johnny Marr was clearly a guitar prodigy, and Morrissey’s defiant vocal and poetic lyrics touched me in a way that … Continue reading Autobiography

Knight of the Living Dead

BY ANDREW MOODY With Halloween fast approaching, amidst a global pandemic where world governments can shut down their respective populations inside their homes at a whim, you could do worse than revisiting George A Romero’s zombie trilogy for a night where the streets will be eerily empty of trick or treaters. Made on a shoestring budget back in 1968 by a group of enterprising advertising … Continue reading Knight of the Living Dead

Where Books Are Burnt

BY ANDREW MOODY Sir Ian Kershaw’s Hitler – a vast, two volume work – ranks amongst the very best studies of Nazism: “Hitler stood for at least some things they [German people] admired, and for many had become the symbol and embodiment of the national revival which the Third Reich had in many respects been perceived to accomplish.” It is split into two distinct halves: … Continue reading Where Books Are Burnt

Easy Rider Fifty Years On

BY ANDREW MOODY Released in 1969, the same year as the Apollo 11 moon landings, the Manson family murders, the inauguration of Richard Nixon, and the Altamont slayings, Easy Rider (prophetically for Hollywood and the wider world) opens with a cocaine deal. Cocaine had not yet taken over as the drug of choice for Hollywood stars and executives. This was one of many things that … Continue reading Easy Rider Fifty Years On

Cancer and Pisces

BY ANDREW MOODY Mick May, the author of Cancer and Pisces: One Man’s Story of his Unique Survival of Cancer, Interwoven with the Joy and Succour of Fishing was first diagnosed with Mesothelioma, a rare lung cancer caused by asbestos poisoning, back in 2013. (Mesothelioma) is a particularly vicious form of cancer. It is invariably fatal and the median life expectancy from diagnosis is around … Continue reading Cancer and Pisces