Sean Connery

November 14, 2020 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | Classic Film, Drama Film, FILM |

(25 August 1930 to 31 October 2020) He wasn’t quite what Ian Fleming had in mind, but on the big screen, he was the first and best James Bond: moving like a panther, coiled like a spring, throwing away his throw-away lines with an amused accent that seemed to cross Eton with Edinburgh. The Bond films were a sociological event in the 1960s and 1970s, before they descended to a worn-out party joke of a franchise. Connery starred in Dr. No (1962), From Russia With Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), You Only Live Twice (1967), Diamonds Are Forever (1971), and…

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Brian Pern: A Life in Rock

November 12, 2020 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | Comedy Film, Documentary, FILM, MUSIC, THUMBNAIL REVIEWS |

BBC TV (2014 – 2016) These 3 series, following, in semi-documentary style, the musical wanderings of Stowe-educated prog rock mystic and pain-in-the-neck Brian Pern, is one of the most hilarious things on TV, a worthy descendant of This is Spinal Tap, only better because it is not so loosely based on Peter Gabriel. The [Genesis/Thotch] pastoral schoolboy silliness of the early seventies gives way to the Great schism of 1977, allowing Brian Pern to pursue both solo career and role of secular saint and activist, where his insane lack of sense of linear time drives record producers, his former band,…

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Wake up, President Joe! Congratulations!

November 5, 2020 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | American Politics, POLITICS |

5 November 2020 (Australian Central Time): An overnight flip has put Joe Biden ahead in Michigan and Wisconsin. And a weird stay of counting in North Carolina and Georgia doesn’t matter, nor does Pennsylvania, because Joe has 264 electoral college votes now and he will win Nevada (6 electoral votes) which puts him over the top. Congratulations, and if you thought the Trump Show was a wild ride, wait till you get a load of Joe and Kamala and their retinue! [UPDATE: Bad things seem to have occurred in Michigan, Wisconsin, Nevada, Arizona and Pennsylvania, in terms of dodgy electoral…

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Happy Birthday, Burt

November 2, 2020 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | Classic Film, FILM |

Burt Lancaster 2 Nov. 1913 “Sweet Smell of Success” (http://www.thevarnishedculture.com/sweet-smell-of-success/) “Gunfight at OK Corral (http://www.thevarnishedculture.com/ok-corral/) “Elmer Gantry” (http://www.thevarnishedculture.com/elmer-gantry/) “The Leopard” (http://www.thevarnishedculture.com/?s=The+Leopard) “Atlantic City” (http://www.thevarnishedculture.com/atlantic-city/)

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The Trial of the Chicago 7

October 27, 2020 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | FILM, THUMBNAIL REVIEWS |

We thought a citation for contempt had to be preceded by a warning?

(Directed by Aaron Sorkin) (2020) (Netflix) Ah, Hollywood. They’ve been dreaming-up stories of white hats vs black hats since the days of Tom Mix.  In this rather ho-hum court room film, there are plenty of black hats to go around: John Mitchell, vindictive Nixon Attorney-General, who wants a Show Trial of the Yippies: His sundry henchmen from the Justice Department; Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and his police goons; Chicago undercover cops who infiltrate the activist groups and in some cases shamelessly tempt them; Judge Julius Hoffman (played by that all-purpose villain of the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government,…

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