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Christopher Fowler
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I got a request to restore this item, whose link had expired. If anyone finds anything else they want restored from an old link, let me know. My memoir 'Paperboy' was set in the swinging sixties, but just how awful was that period really? Rather than study achingly cool (but charmingly strange) films like 'Blow Up', we might be better off looking at the ghastly-yet-eerily-fascinating comedy…
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Christopher Fowler
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Okay, it's a tad too long but this fake trailer makes the point nicely. I particularly liked 'Wot's all this space over my head?' 'It's overly stylised.'
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film & gangsters
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Christopher Fowler
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The true story of Australia's worst serial killer (the 'Bodies in barrels' murders) is a tough watch even though very little actual violence appears on screen in this 'Mike Leigh In Hell' tale of an Adelaide community that looks like a slightly down-at-heel suburban neighbourhood but turns out to have more brutalised deprivation than any inner-city sink estate. In an atmosphere where sexual…
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film & Snowtown
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Christopher Fowler
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London, Media & The Arts
Martin Scorsese has recently been in London promoting his wonderful film 'Hugo' (see review on this site) and introducing another restored Powell & Pressburger film, 'The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp'. Powell & Pressburger's films are impossible to define - each one is unique and special, and fits no clear demographic. 'The Red Shoes' (think 'Black Swan' without the whining, blood and vomit)…
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Christopher Fowler
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London, Observatory & The Arts
James Cameron's 'Avatar' was described by the Guardian as 'the world's first attempt to fuse the aesthetic of Starship Troopers with the ambience of mid-period Enya', but it was huge. The film had more than 125 licensed products incorporating toys, clothing, books and video games which earned over an additional 100 million squids. But that's nothing compared to what's coming. A few months ago…
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Celebrity & film
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Christopher Fowler
Writer and critic Kim Newman not only does the best Victorian Gentleman impersonation in the country, he's also one of the world's leading experts on horror movies. To celebrate the launch of Kim's essential horror volume 'Nightmare Movies' (published 18 April), Newman and fellow horror expert Mark Kermode take to the stage of the National Film Theatre on April 29th for an illustrated conversation…
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Christopher Fowler
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Christian Marclay's astonishing tour-de-force 'The Clock' is part of the latest British Art Show 'In The Days Of The Comet', at the Hayward Gallery, and certainly its centerpiece, although the naked guy watching the burning bench was a freaky second (he goes to lunch between 1:00pm and 2:00pm). I hope it finds a permanent place in a London gallery, so that you can eventually see all of it. How…
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Christopher Fowler
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Bobcat Goldthwait was the scratchy-voiced irritant in the Police Academy movies who has become a kind of reincarnated Bob Klane in the field of directing black comedy. His taste-free epic 'Bad Santa' was hilarious, and would make part of a great double-bill with 'Shakes The Clown ('The Citizen Kane of alcoholic clown movies'). Now he's gone one better with this, featuring Robin Williams' best…
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Christopher Fowler
[gallery] Three to watch out for - how many more volumes can there be on the world below London? Peter Ackroyd goes further back into the past and gives us his spin on the subject. There's a decent countercultural history of London, but I still prefer Time Out's old paperback of agitprop, which captures the time because it was produced then. And why did no-one think of this before? A look at…
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Christopher Fowler
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Sitting at my desk here I can see St Paul's, the London Eye and the BT Tower, and two of them are about to become new venues to eat and drink. Londoners have a long tradition of building something and then throwing a dinner party inside it, up it or on it. The Victorians had bashes in the tube and inside Marble Arch. Now wine-tasting parties are starting in the London Eye, but best of all, they're…
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