F for Fake

BY ANDREW MOODY I first read about Orson Welles’ 1973 film F for Fake in a compendium of conspiracy theories by the late author and Playboy editor Robert Anton Wilson, a huge fan of Welles and this movie in particular. “Perhaps the prime example of the post-modernist artwork, F for Fake is a somewhat faked film about the possibly fake biography of a truly great … Continue reading F for Fake

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

I’m Not With the Band

BY ANDREW MOODY Much like being in a fantastic new band, surely, having a favourite new band is one of life’s most intoxicating thrills, a prismatic explosion of hitherto dormant energy channelled from the atmosphere directly into your soul; an atomic collision promising unknowable new possibilities of sonic beguilement, lyrical connection, dancing upside down on a dance floor with your greatest friends and talking synapse … Continue reading I’m Not With the Band

Room 237

BY ANDREW MOODY Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 epic horror movie The Shining has terrified and puzzled audiences for four decades. Stephen King, who wrote the novel that Kubrick adapted, called the movie “maddening and perverse”, and like watching a brilliant ice skater doing nothing but endless figure eights. Steven Spielberg, a close friend of Kubrick’s, admitted he didn’t get it, that it was histrionic and too … Continue reading Room 237

Wonderful Wit of White

BY ANDREW MOODY Journalist and photographer, based in Tokyo, Sam White of the Spectator, Quillette and this magazine is ambivalent about Twitter: “After all, what kind of way to communicate are skeletal 280 character statements, stark of nuance, caveat or context?” In his new book I Wish I Hadn’t Written This: An Archive of Being Too Online in the Culture Wars 2016-2019, the eminently sensible … Continue reading Wonderful Wit of White

Chinatown

BY ANDREW MOODY Millennial audiences see 70s movies as “old movies”, there are many that have never even heard of Chinatown, let alone obsess about how this could well be the most perfect film, above all of the masterpieces New Hollywood threw up in that decade before Star Wars mega bucks and cocaine took over the film industry. Back in the early 1970s, Hollywood was … Continue reading Chinatown

King’s Misery

BY ANDREW MOODY Stephen King has been part of the film industry ever since his debut novel Carrie was adapted for the screen by Brian de Palma in 1976. Critic Pauline Kael referred to the book as “an unassuming pot boiler.” This criticism of bestselling fiction, and of King’s literary reputation as little more than a hack has followed the author since the first publication … Continue reading King’s Misery

Serotonin

BY ANDREW MOODY French enfant terrible Michel Houellebecq’s seventh novel Serotonin follows similar themes to his other bestsellers. Narrator Florent is an unattractive, nihilistic, middle aged white man who decides one day to leave his younger Japanese girlfriend and opt out of the pressures of Parisian life, spurred on by a TV show about people leaving their past lives and the bestiality videos his girlfriend … Continue reading Serotonin

Look Who’s Back

BY ANDREW MOODY Like Sleeping Beauty, Adolf Hitler wakes one morning in wasteland that used to house the Fuhrerbunker, smelling of petrol and with a splitting headache. He is impeccably dressed in his army uniform, and can’t quite understand why his final orders (total military harakiri) weren’t carried out. Soon he finds out it’s 2011 in Berlin, and, with the skill and courage only a … Continue reading Look Who’s Back