Random Chaos

… the consequences of not concentrating …

The Man Who Japed**

By Philip K Dick After reading through the treacle of the first two published SF novels, The Man Who Japed is the first recognisably coherent Dickian work. More a novella than a full length piece, it’s very much in the style of his ‘literary’ works written around the same. TMWJ has one through story, no…

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The World Jones Made*

Philip K Dick And the project to read all Philip K Dick’s books in chronological order nearly ended with The World Jones Made. I owned a copy in the Seventies and never made it past the first page. I wish I hadn’t bothered. Ignore anyone trying to find hidden depths. TWJM is clearly two different…

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Saint Maud****

Directed by Rose Glass Venturing into the cinema is almost a dance with death so a horror film seems appropriate and Saint Maud will be one of the few highlights of this dreadful year. Rose Glass has faced some criticism about the core plot being well-worn: is Maud bonkers or truly being spiritual? But the…

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The Trouble with Harry*

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock The Trouble with Harry is that it isn’t funny. It’s neither black enough of funny enough and no amount of rewriting history will cover up that it stank on release. Maybe it’s the cast, who try their best but don’t seem to believe in the script. Definitely the script contains few…

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Radioactive**

Director Marjane Satrapi Despite being based on a graphic novel, Radioactive is a throwback to the worthy Thirties film biopics with Rosamund Pike trying her best in yet another career clunker as Marie Curie. It would be quicker to read the Wiki entry on Curie than wade through this stiff run through her life and…

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Suspicion ***

Director Alfred Hitchcock When I first watched this film many years ago, I remember being glad that Cary Grant was innocent of Joan Fontaine’s suspicions about him wanting to murder her. Watching it again and the tacked on ending becomes obvious. Grant plays Johnny as a cad who would literally sell out his best friend….

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Midway ****

Director Roland Emmerich It’s as if the 1970s had never happened. Emmerich serves up an unabashed flag waver for the greatest naval battle of World War Two which seems more suited to a double bill with Dambusters. Yet it’s a full on action film which is based on true stories (which seem unbelievable but are…

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The Lodger: A Story Of The London Fog (1927)****

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock The first real Hitchcock film, The Lodger uses the idea of a Jack the Ripper type serial killer on the prowl in Twenties London. There’s a trademark opening murder of a blonde girl which then leads to a marvellous montage of social media in 1926, including radio listeners using headphones from…

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