I’m in the process of selling my house and everything I own, the hundreds of meaningless possessions, including my DVD collection of circa 500 titles. The number of items I own which actually have any emotional attachment are very few and of all my DVD’s I have narrowed it down to ten which I have the desire to watch numerous times again for various nostalgic reasons rather than them being films I like based purely on quality, hence there being no foreign language films. These are the shortlisted films, with a reason, in no particular order.
Category Archives: Popular Culture
Having been aware of a book since my early teens, being generally aware of its content and its themes and its necessity as a read distracted me from ever reading it. After reading it for the first time in my mid twenties I can but question if the impact it so deservedly had is lost on the liberated, postmodern society of today.
As a standard working to middle class person I find it hard to associate with the ‘hotel living’ celebrity lifestyle in Somewhere and couldn’t help myself seeing it as a pretentious rip off of Californication, which, with a little more humour and less lingering shots it would undoubtedly be. However, I do realise that due to Coppola’s upbringing this is probably what she believes everyday life to be like….
The past few instalments from the franchise of Louis Theroux have been somewhat off the mark, his tact has become more judgemental and opinionated and the subjects seem a little obvious. I wonder if this is apersonal affliction I have with the programmes as I grew up loving his Weird Weekends series, even going to the lengths of reading the book. Now I am older and a little wiser perhaps the subjects I then found fascinating are actually a little too cliché.
With so much focus on America this judgemental angle results in the show becoming almost a fun poking at the USA and its society, pointing out how the British system is the correct and right way. Louis could be seen as doing the job of Morgan Spurlock and Michael Moore but from a questionable angle which doesn’t involve his own culture.