Category: Literature & performing arts

writing, film, TV, radio, theatre

Definitive portrayals?

Can we put aside for now our views on Stephen Fry and ask the question – do you think he’s the definitive Jeeves and Hugh Laurie the definitive Wooster?

There was a period during which all I could see were the flaws and how laboured and forced it occasionally was but that was a bit unfair, as it would have been like seeing an Agatha Christie over and over.

Having just come back to J&W after some years, that first season was excellent. My question to you is also – do you think it travels in time well?…

The Roommate [2011]

Good actress fails to save production yet again.


The Roommate cannot be adequately reviewed here unless it has some gold standard to measure it against, so let’s take two at random – Game of Thrones as a production and Benedict Cumberbatch as an actor – and quote some reviews.

Game of Thrones


There was a post by Vox on Gab, now there is this one. Essentially, it’s about this:

Like many of my readers, I’ve grown more and more angry over the politically correct censorship practiced by Twitter, Facebook and other social media.  

Twitter in particular has been an egregious offender against the concept of free speech.  Sure, it’s a private company, so it’s not bound by the US Constitution and its First Amendment;  but it’s behaving like a left-wing, progressive tinpot dictator, banning or restricting the posting abilities and/or readership of and/or links to centrist and right-wing commentators and personalities.  The practice has become so widespread that it’s drawn attention from the media.

Formulaic dross

There’s been a persistent theme through the posts of the last few days – that people are incapable today.

Every so often, it’s as well to remember that every single older generation has said that about the following generations and we have it in black and white in literature and essays, especially from the 20s.

People like their times and that’s that.

Or is it? Relativists would subscribe to that view but those who believe in some sort of gold standard, some measure of value, the notion of eternal truths, timeworn protocols, some sort of extrinsic Truth, would be both heartened and disheartened by this, about the MTV awards:…