Category: Literature & performing arts

writing, film, TV, radio, theatre

Hollywood has surely lost the plot

Charlie’s Angels was something you either liked or didn’t but at least it had, like Perry Mason, a formulaic quality to it and glamour was a key ingredient.  Can you imagine this below having a key role in a reboot:

That person doesn’t just have the eternal  promiscuous foibles of Hollywood but is the New Girl today – dysfunctional, godless and uneducated by definition, a mental, drugged out mess of a girl.  Plus talentless.  Waste of space. You could lay odds how this one will go down. 

But a crucial point here is that she’s an eternal girl, not a fully functioning and alluring woman. Even in Baywatch, Alexandra Paul and Pamela Anderson were women, not emotionally retarded little girls in their mid to late 20s.

Chuckles wrote, about the project overall: “Just yet more proof that they are incapable of actually coming up with any new or original ideas. They can only expropriate and destroy.”

True but there is also this point about the quality of the actresses and actors.… More here ...


You’ll get the idea just from the url and the post follows the same lines:

Meanwhile, try this one for size:

On a future earth where 98% of the surface is underwater, a Warlord who controls an army of sharks meets his match when he captures the daughter of a mysterious shark caller.

Director: Mark Atkins
Writer: Mark Atkins

Moving on quickly, these:

“Snow Crash,” which is based on Neal Stephenson’s cult novel, is a one-hour science fiction drama set in futuristic America. In reality, Hiro Protagonist delivers pizza for Uncle Enzo’s CosoNostra Pizza Inc., but in the Metaverse he’s a warrior prince. Plunging headlong into the enigma of a new computer virus that’s striking down hackers everywhere, he races along the neon-lit streets on a search-and-destroy mission for the shadowy virtual villain.

Right.… More here ...

Poor comedians

This one is for my mate whom I could not believe trying to defend Jimmy Carr the other day. For crying out loud, this article on sh** comedians even has Carr’s photo up front before it starts:

… and haiku follows up:

Good humour requires intelligence on the part of the creator, a quality missing in most comedians.

Yep. I’d add – ‘modern’ comedians.

[H/T Chuckles]… More here ...

The [early] Stranglers

Was watching one of those interviews with Ali, Frazier and Foreman and Foreman made reference to the things Ali had said.  Ali looked across and said, in his Parkinson’s slurred speech: “That was all just publicity.”  He went on to say he was sh-scared of Foreman.

Some bands really are bad, evil muvvers from the dark side, lowlifes and they burn out, some are deliberately contrived, which does not mean they make bad music. The Stranglers were never genuine bad boys – there was a pic of Hughy going to the corner shop for his morning paper and he was just like anyone else going to the corner shop.… More here ...

The Lethal Lesson

Just as with this post itself, a film grabs us, does it not, according to how much it relates, how much it means, how intriguing the dilemma is … plus the actresses.

Perry Mason was pretty formulaic – aside from the omnipotent Perry and loyal Della, there was the thicko sidekick whom you just knew was going to get hit over the head by the eventually inept baddy, plus the pretty-pretty Stephanie Zimballist types whom I always found boringly Hollywood in its worst manifestations.… More here ...

The “post-fact” age

As with many people online, I get emailed various publications’ material, including Wired, the tech site and everyone has his or her own system of honing sources generally trusted and those not trusted.

Wired, to me, is fine when exposing tech humbug and bringing new tech things. It’s a bit iffy IMHO when it comes to straight political commentary and that might have something to do with its address:

WIRED · 520 3rd St, Third Floor · San Francisco, CA 94107 · USA

And so:

Snopes and the Search for Facts in a Post-Fact World
By Michelle Dean

Many fake news peddlers didn’t care if Trump won or lost the election. They only wanted to pocket money. But the consequences of what they did shook the world. This is how it happened.

Promising and the Wired editor’s blurb seems to support that:… More here ...

Identify these films

1. Produced by John de Bello, written by John de Bello, directed by John de Bello, acted by John de Bello, it was one of the early ‘so bad it’s a cult classic’ films.
2. Amazon River, Kinski
3. DiCaprio, Virginie Ledoyen and sharks
4. Michael Rennie, Lock Martin, barada nikto
5. Mark Dacascos, Emilie Dequenne
6. A.J. Cook, Ali Larter, one year after the event
7. The 2nd Ranger Battalion of the 29th Infantry Division… More here ...