No Dogs on the Bed

BY ISABELLA WIGHTMAN No Dogs on the Bed is an amusing book replete with funny pictures of dogs misbehaving. The illustrations are by the Sunday Times and Country Life illustrator John Holder. My favourite picture in the book was of the black dog with a fishbowl on his head eating a fish because the dog looks a lot like Angus, our family terrier. The one … Continue reading No Dogs on the Bed

Imagining a Murder

BY ANDREW MOODY It is time to finally exorcise the demons that haunted a ten-year old’s dreams all those years ago in the shape of a caravan that burned ferociously in the forest of the night for reasons unfathomable, by imagining a murder long forgotten which occurred once upon a moonlit Provence night… True crime is a popular genre for budding writers to put their … Continue reading Imagining a Murder

An Artist by Nature

BY NICK PEARCE Rodger McPhail is a world-famous British painter, best known for his detailed wildlife paintings of sporting fowl, fish, and dogs. After studying at both Liverpool and Coventry Art Colleges, he achieved the rare distinction of having a painting published on the front cover of The Shooting Times at the age of just 19. With numerous exhibitions at The Rountree Tryon Gallery and … Continue reading An Artist by Nature

CAM

BY ANDREW MOODY If everybody in the post digital age were being honest with themselves, they would admit to using online pornography. With an ocean of porn flooding the internet, one popular genre is that of the CAM girl, where men pay a girl on screen to strip, masturbate, and flirt for tokens that can be turned into cash by the onscreen girl or her … Continue reading CAM

Post Blair Witch

Back in 1999, two plucky, independent filmmakers Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez released a strange, terrifying mockumentary called The Blair Witch Project at the Sundance Film Festival. The story concerns three documentary filmmakers who disappeared into the Black Hills in Burkittsville, Maryland, in 1994, their footage being found a year later. Around the time of its release, a deluge of horror films, including seventies and … Continue reading Post Blair Witch

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