I’m interested in thinking through some differences between various types of trailer: film, TV, live performance and video games. The historian in me will be disappointed that I’m going to eschew a diachronic exploration of trailers, in favour of an investigation of their current forms. My examples will therefore generally be quite recent i.e. the… Read More Trailers – Nuthin’ But A ‘Screen’ Thang?
I just finished a conference at Cambridge on childhood and nation where I gave a presentation on the disengagement faced by third generation citizens in Singapore and their corresponding Singapore cinema. On the way back to Manchester , I sat opposite a 67-year-old man. He had a shoulder-length ponytail and is half-Austrian half-British. He called… Read More The Train Journey That Made Me Stock Check
Women are brilliant and feminism is amazing. Two obvious statements perhaps, but always worth repeating. I love the fact that Sight & Sound have dedicated their latest issue to rewriting women into film history. It’s upsetting in a way that they need to do this in 2015. It reminds me of the idea of women-only… Read More There should be a Bechdel test for film watching
**Heads up – This piece contains full spoilers for (and the final shot of) The Lunatics (1986) so read at your own peril!** I thought The Lunatics (1986) was going to be funny. I mean, it’s populated by some of Hong Kong’s brightest comedy talents and bankable heartthrobs from Stanley Fung to Chow Yun Fat, Deanie Ip to Tony… Read More The Lunatics and Guy Laroche
With a tasty latte and delicious yum-yum inside me, I sat down this morning with a few vague ideas as to what to write for this blog entry. While listening to The Unthanks’ gorgeous album Mount The Air (2015) I came across the song Flutter. Something about it sounded familiar. After a couple of listens… Read More A Link Between Memories
Satire is best served straight. Satire is served even better with a prolonged back-story created, so long that we begin to doubt what we originally undermined. The big question surrounding Paul Abacus, a visionary inspirational speaker who strongly believes in the dissolution of national borders, is whether he’s real. Abacus, in cooperation with the Early… Read More Nuggets of Truth Wrapped up in a Load of Bullshit: Early Morning Opera’s Abacus
Stereotypes surrounding old people are aplenty. To name a few: they are weak, they are dependent on people, they are ridden with diseases, and they have no libido. Unfortunately, that’s not quite true – old people do have sex (quite a lot for that matter). Jack Zagha Kababie’s 2014 Mexican film En el último trago… Read More En el último trago / One for the Road