Apropos of Nothing

BY ANDREW MOODY Woody Allen is not who I thought he was. In his new memoir Apropos of Nothing, the eighty something filmmaker candidly discusses everything in his long career, from winning four Oscar’s for the 1977 masterpiece Annie Hall to the molestation charges that have dogged him over recent years. He repeatedly writes that he is neither a genius or an auteur, simply lucky. … Continue reading Apropos of Nothing

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

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

The Long Shadow

BY ANDREW MOODY A broken man, addicted to heroin and relying on hand-outs from his few remaining disciples, Aleister Crowley’s alleged last words before he died in 1947 were: “Sometimes I really hate myself.” No stranger to controversy in his life, he was branded THE WICKEDEST MAN IN THE WORLD by the British tabloids after his failed attempt to create a sexual utopia in Sicily. … Continue reading The Long Shadow

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