Sunday, November 25, 2018

Six of the Best 832

"More than any other English-language narrative filmmaker, Roeg apprehended Tarkovsky's notion of "sculpting in time" with the same radical freedom as the Russian director himself did. Roeg came into filmmaking as a cinematographer, and two of the directors he worked for, David Lean and Richard Lester, both had as astute a grasp of editing as any filmmaker you can name. During his most creatively fecund time as a director, Roeg made temporal leaps and jumps that were exhilarating provided you could keep up, which was sometimes a challenge." Glenn Kenny tribute to Nicolas Roeg.

Robert Reich calls for Facebook to be broken up.

Grammar schools aren't the enemy, private schools are, says Charles Turner.

"The only other building in Norwich 'with the authority of the cathedral' was St James Yarn Mill on the Wensum, built in 1843 to give a boost to our waning textile trade." Reggie Unthank looks at Ian Narin looking at Norwich.

"Like David Bowie before her, she took a fascination with literature, theatre, dance and the avant-garde into the mainstream. She traded in the unusual from the beginning, and only became more radical as she went on." The Economist's Prospero reminds us what an extraordinary career Kate Bush has had.

Meg Olmert on how the Victorians invented our modern dog breeds.


nigel hunter said...

Maybe it is time the Libdemmers start to campaign strongly against private schools

Phil Beesley said...

"Perfomance" was a film made by young men interested in themselves. It doesn't stand up to time.

"The Man Who Fell to Earth" excited me when it was released because Barry Norman reckoned it was for my generation. I was too young to get into a cinema to see it.

Punk rock culture took off a bit later when I was old enough to get into gigs. I watched "The Man Who Fell to Earth" on VHS -- and it was good enough that I watched twice. Very clever, all of the make up and stuff, but less in touch with the world than The Damned with "New Rose".