Category Archives: Picture This

Darkly Dreaming Donnie – Picture This #17, Donnie Darko

We often presume artists know what they are doing, that when we find a perfect pop song, a great album, an enthralling TV series or a captivating film that the person who created it must have either given birth to … Continue reading

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Billy Liar, a train ticket to the sixties – Picture this #15

No one is entirely sure when the 60’s started. Famously, not even those who were there. The publication of Lady Chatterley in 1960; Ursula Andress in her bikini in 62; the Beatles’ She Loves You becoming the first of their many … Continue reading

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Gore Vidal, the establishment outlaw, dies – Picture This #12

Sad news – American author, essayist, wit and commentator Gore Vidal has died, aged 86. Vidal’s elegance as a writer and sharpness as a wit was only matched by his personal courage. In 1948, Vidal was a celebrated young writer on … Continue reading

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Picture This #10 – Mulholland Drive

Of the many, many remarkable things about David Lynch’s masterpiece, “Mulholland Drive”, its sheer visual gorgeousness stands out. You could freeze almost any moment in the film and the image captured would be beautiful enough to turn into a poster. That’s … Continue reading

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Picture This #8 – how Danny Boyle first snatched our attention

Tonight, the stage is Danny Boyle’s. His Olympic opening ceremony will hold the world’s attention with flying sheep, a horde of geese, winged cyclists, an ode to the NHS and a village cricket match. There will be athletes with flags. … Continue reading

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Picture this #7 – The Dirtiest Race

When Ben Johnson smiles children cry. If a 116 year old tradition, based on an ideal which stretches over millennia, has a villain, it is Johnson.  He broods, he scowls –  he is the convenient symbol behind which hundreds of similar … Continue reading

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