Blog / 2013

Christopher Fowler
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The Arts
Keeping with the theme of Peter Greenaway, composer Michael Nyman re-edited the walking shots from 'The Draughtsman's Contract' to allow his music to play. The film is an intriguing murder mystery that plays like a moving Spot The Difference picture; an arrogant draughtsman demands sexual favours from his client 's wife in return for twelve drawings of her house, but as he makes the drawings, he…
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Christopher Fowler
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Britain has a strange love/hate relationship with art and artists. Most of our painters were and are at best mediocre (don't get me started on the Emperor's-New-Clothes world of Emin and Hirst). Go into an old country house and there'll be a Stubbs and a Reynolds, and that's it. It took a long time for us to get away from the 'I don't know much about art but I know what I like' mentality. In…
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Christopher Fowler
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Observatory & The Arts
A flashmob with a difference, as Dutch actors recreate Rembrandt's 'The Night Watch' in a shopping mall.
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Christopher Fowler
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Great Britain & The Arts
Of all the things that take some explaining about British culture, one of the most complex and difficult is the traditional acceptance of drag. For as long as I can remember, men have dressed as women on national television, and have hosted family and kiddie TV shows. What's always been unique about this strand of comedy is that it's really smutty, but because it works on two levels, both for kids…
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Christopher Fowler
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Stephen Frears has always been a director with a conscience, and his best films reflect his interests. Here's a story based on recent true events that is every bit as devastating as 'Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House of God' (see earlier review), and better for being lightly fictionalised. I presume the horrible custard-coloured 'feel good' poster is designed to ensure that the all-important…
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Christopher Fowler
This week I'm researching again, and wondering just how much of a plot I really need in a book. It's often been pointed out that the most important part of the Bryant & May novels isn't the storyline. This is becoming an increasingly conscious decision on my part. Few of us remember the identity of the killer in murder mysteries. There's an old rule of thumb about whodunits; the murderer is nearly…
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storylines
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Christopher Fowler
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Media, Observatory & The Arts
Alex Gibney, the director behind the Wikileaks documentary, looks at another kind of whistleblower. It begins with a letter, an accusation of pedophilia, and spreads out like a stain as the deaf children's abuse scandal takes grip within all levels of the Catholic Church - a global religion that is rapidly growing in the developed world. What follows is at first a rather familiar recap of the…
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Christopher Fowler
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Observatory & The Arts
I don't collect soundtracks,I have always been obsessed by them; I have thousands, catalogued (in the way sad men do) without slipcases so that I can store them without it feeling as if I live in a warehouse. Some of these are temp scores given to me by directors who used them to shoot with (Baz Lurhmann gave me his early scores which were very different to what ended up on screen.) Some are so…
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Christopher Fowler
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Observatory & The Arts
Sight & Sound just published its annual round-up of critics' choices from around the world for 2013, and it's a healthy celebration of some superb films, although I take exception to quite a few of the choices (well, that's what lists are there for). I disagree with the rapture that greeted Italy's 'The Great Beauty', which felt like Fellini-lite, and detested 'The Selfish Giant', which doubtless…
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Christopher Fowler
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Admin does not make a point of attending films about princesses, but this one marks a bit of a watershed. When Pixar agreed to join Disney, who had lost the plot in its pursuit of family entertainment, it was generally felt that Pixar would be subsumed by the Mouse House. Instead, under the guidance of John Lasseter, the opposite seems to have happened if 'Frozen' is anything to go by. Returning…
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Frozen
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