Random Chaos

… the consequences of not concentrating …

Solar Lottery*

by Philip K Dick Solar Lottery was the first full length novel by Philip K Dick’s to be published. Be under no illusions, this is hard going. The basic plot concerns an attempt to overthrow a world state were the Leader is elected by a lottery and is subject to constant assassination attempts. One of…

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The Pleasure Garden (1925)

Alfred Hitchcock’s first film as solo director (and the first film he was involved in to survive) is The Pleasure Garden, a typical melodrama where two hoofers discover and lose love. A major obstacle in watching this film is finding the BFI restored version which is full length, properly scored, and with the correct titles….

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The post Lockdown period has proved the most stressful, like living outside the world. With the likelihood of a return to the total lockdown possible, it seems a good time to try and accept this is the reality for maybe another year. So, I’ve set up a number of projects to give a bit of…

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Director: David Dobkin …although for those who hate Eurovision, I’d suggest it’s 5* purgatory. As camp and as ridiculous as the real thing, ¬†Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga is a great romp through all the cliches that devotees love, dreadful songs, outrageous costumes, over the top staging, and hammy performances. Will Ferell,…

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The Fallen Series***

Lockdown has presented a problem. Whilst challenging films can work a treat in a cinema, at home you are faced with access to mobiles, drink and nibbles, an undercurrent of unease and a desire to escape. Enter the Fallen series. Normally I’d give Gerard Butler a wide berth after 300 – I’ll admit to preferring…

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The Invisible Man****

Directed by Leigh Whannell Universal swerved a bullet when the original plan for a CGI tentpole Invisible Man starring Johnny Depp, went west after the failure of Tom Cruises’ The Mummy. Instead, we have a film smaller in budget and scope but far larger in the imagination. In many way’s it is closer in spirit…

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Directed by Tom Harper This lightweight adventure movie has unsurprisingly become the most successful Amazon film to date as its the perfect escape from the worries of the world around us. Based on a true balloon flight undertaken by James Glaisher (Eddie Redmayne), it gives him a composite female companion (Felicity Jones) who has suffered…

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Porco Rosso****

Director Hayao Miyazaki Porco Rosso has turned up on Netflix as part of the Studio Ghibli series. The Guardian managed to rank Porco Rosso as the worst film, although the reviewer had clearly not seen it, thinking it was about an RAF pilot. Uniquely for Ghibli, its set in a real time and place the…

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