Archive for the ‘Uncategorized’ Category


A review of the new film “Late Night”

June 9th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

So here’s a rarity: a film directed by a woman (a first such responsibility for Nisha Ganatra),written by a woman (a first feature film script from Mindy Kaling), with women in the two leading roles (Emma Thompson as the presenter of a late show on American television and Kaling as the token female in the […]

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments (0)


Where now for South Africa?

May 18th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

South Africa has just had its sixth democratic general election and once more the African National Congress (ANC) won – but with a reduced share of the vote and a lower number of seats in the National Assembly. Cyril Ramaphosa became president a year ago and faces formidable problems in reforming the ANC and reviving […]

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments (0)


How can we make sense of Israeli politics?

May 1st, 2019 by Roger Darlington

Israeli is the only country in the Middle East which, despite criticisms of its treatment of Aran citizens, operates a democratic political system, so it is surprising that the world’s media gives so little attention to its political system and its politics. Three weeks ago, Israel held a general election in which the two main […]

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments (0)


The making of American power (4): military dictatorships in Latin America

March 16th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

This week, I attended week 4 of an eight-week evening class at London”s City Literary Institute. The title is “The making of American power: US foreign policy from the Cold War to Trump” and our lecturer is Jack Gain. Week 4 of the course was about the many interventions that the US has made in Central and […]

Posted in History, Uncategorized | Comments (0)


Ten of the films that I have most enjoyed in the last year

January 15th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

This week, I started a 12-week course of evening classes at the City Literary Institute in central London. The course is titled “Contemporary Cinema” and the tutor is the American John Wischmeyer. We have 25 students on the course, many of them with a deep knowledge of the movies (one woman goes to the cinema […]

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments (0)


A review of the novel “One Hundred Years Of Solitude” by Gabriel García Márquez

November 14th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

Márquez was born in Colombia in 1927 and died in 2014. This work – perhaps his most famous – was published in 1967 and he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982. I finally read the work after visiting Colombia and reading his later novel “Love In The Time Of Cholera”. It is not […]

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments (0)


A review of the new version of “A Star Is Born”

October 12th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

It seems that each generation is destined to have its own version of this classic and painful cinematic tale of one star on the decline as another rises. In the original 1937 version, the actors were Frederic March and Janet Gaynor; then, in the 1954 remake, we had James Mason and Judy Garland; and, in […]

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments (0)


Holiday in Colombia (8): Medellin

September 3rd, 2018 by Roger Darlington

Today (Sunday) was devoted to a tour of Medellin which is Colombia’s second city with a population of 3.4 million. Thanks to its location at 1,500 metres (5,000 feet) in the Aburra valley, it is known as “the city of the eternal spring” and the weather today was comfortably warm. Sadly Medellin is best known […]

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments (0)


A review of the new movie “Sicario 2: Soldado”

July 17th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

In the taut and exciting original movie, the action began with FBI agent Kate Macer (Emily Blunt), but slowly and inexorably shifted to Columbian ‘adviser” Alejandro Gillick (Benicio Del Toro) who – with support from CIA black ops expert Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) – emerged as the ‘sicario’ (hitman) of the title. In this accomplished […]

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments (0)


A review of the movie “Hidden Figures” and the story of three remarkable African-American women

May 29th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

In some ways, “Hidden Figures” (2016) is a (belated) companion piece to “THe Right Stuff” (1983). Both tell the story of the herculean effort by the United States – which failed – to beat the Soviet Union to put a man in space. Whereas “The Right Stuff” focused on the first seven America astronauts who […]

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments (0)