He wonders about the ways in which people can be made to feel unworthy. The first thing he thinks is that he doesn’t like that word: unworthy. It doesn’t really seem to capture the core of the feeling he’s trying to explore. Would ‘non-worthy’ be better? Or ‘non-worthwhile’? What he’s trying to get at is a sense of a lack of value. Valuelessness. But in … Continue reading Voice
He sits on the edge of the bath, biting his lower lip, hard. They mustn’t hear him crying. His hands grip the bath tub tight, knuckles pushing through the skin.
He tries to think about nothing but the force of his grip. On the bath tub. The coolness beneath his hands. His eyes squeezed shut, pushing the tears out. Liquid streaming down his face. A few drops falling onto his legs. But no sound. Not a single sound emerging from his mouth. His wide open, silent mouth.Continue reading “Seated”
I struggle to understand why the makers of this film – and of several other modern documentaries – felt the need to dress up what is indisputably a serious, upsetting, far-reaching subject with melodramatic music, portentous drone shots and ‘edgy’ camera placements best left to hokey police procedurals. But that aside, this expose of the Polish church’s attempts to cover up the abuse of children … Continue reading 2019 Film Reviews – 33: Tell No One / Tylko Nie Mów Nikomu [dir. Tomasz Sekielski; 2019]
Not having read the Lionel Shriver novel on which this film is based, I went in with foreknowledge about nothing except – as is often the way – the story’s concluding revelation. Still, this didn’t detract from what turned out to be a moving, unsettling, deeply visceral cinematic experience. Tilda Swinton is consistently excellent as the mother of an odd teenage son whose behaviour casts … Continue reading Film Review: We Need To Talk About Kevin [dir. Lynne Ramsay; 2011]
As far as documentaries go, John Humphrys’ recent BBC2 film wasn’t half bad. It reflected a genuine desire to grapple with a complex issue. It was relatively honest about the realities of the UK’s class system. And it made the all-too-rare acknowledgement that sometimes, what we want for our own children isn’t what we claim to want for society as a whole. The one aspect … Continue reading A Frightening Number
One of the oldest pieces of parenting advice is that if a child asks you a question, your response should provide only as much detail as he or she would like. So, if a little one says, “Why did that man drive around the countryside killing people?” an initial reply might be, “I think it’s because he was unwell.” And if the child then doesn’t … Continue reading Very Much Reality
Is there a word to describe the feeling of coming full circle? ‘Satisfaction’ isn’t quite deep enough. ‘Completion’ is somewhat emotionless. ‘Accomplishment’ implies too much intent. I suspect there is one somewhere, either in English or some other language, and if I knew what it was, I would’ve used it last Saturday evening. Here’s an understatement for you: Doctor Who was a significant part of my … Continue reading The Combined Coolness