Archive for the ‘Cultural issues’ Category


For the first time in forever, I watched a movie on an aircraft

May 27th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

I’ve just returned from a wonderful two-week holiday touring the beautiful island of Sri Lanka. Obviously the flight there and back were long ones but I never use the inflight entertainment, preferring to read and sleep. As many readers will know, I’m a massive movie fan. But I like to see my films on a […]

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A review of the new horror movie “Get Out”

May 7th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

OK, so this is a horror film which is not a genre I normally entertain and I would probably have never seen it if friends had not taken me. But this is a horror film which is as smart as it is scary, featuring a clever plot with some sharp twists, a political satire on […]

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A review of the 1982 classic film “Gandhi”

May 5th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

When I first saw this classic film at the cinema, the audience applauded at both the intermission and the end (it is a long work of 188 minutes). Although the narrative covers over five decades in Gandhi’s life, a major segment concerns the the process by which independence of India and Pakistan was brought about […]

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Ever heard of the notion of nominative determinism?

May 3rd, 2017 by Roger Darlington

Nominative determinism is the hypothesis that people tend to gravitate towards areas of work that fit their names. The term was first used in the magazine “New Scientist” in 1994, after the magazine’s humorous Feedback column noted several studies carried out by researchers with remarkably fitting surnames. These included a book on polar explorations by […]

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A review of the play “The Philanthropist”

May 2nd, 2017 by Roger Darlington

I don’t go to the theatre anywhere near as often as I should like but I’ve resolved to change this. I recently became one of the last people in the UK to se the musical “Les Miserables”. Then, this weekend, I went to see a play at the Trafalgar Studios in London. It was “The […]

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Weekend cinema (1): a German horror film from 1919

April 30th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

“The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari” This wonderfully radical German Expressionist work from director Robert Wiene is unusually wordy for a silent film but then it has quite an intricate plot with a surprise ending. It is not just the story that is original; the stage sets are full of disorientating features such as unnatural angles […]

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Weekend cinema (2): an American sci-fi movie from 2017

April 30th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

“Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2” In 2014, the original “Guardians”was a surprising hit and, like many others, I was totally won over by its original bunch of characters and fresh tone with rich colours, witty script and zippy action. Three years later, the next outing for these space heroes is again directed and co-written […]

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A review of the 1942 film “Went The Day Well?”

April 28th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

“Went the day well? We died and never knew. But, well or ill, Freedom, we died for you.” This week, a friend persuaded me to join him in seeing a British wartime film at the BFI Southbank cinema in London. “Went The Day Well?” is a British black and white film of 1942 which is […]

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I join the start of the Russian Revolution – well, at least the exhibition

April 27th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

As a blogger, I was invited to this morning’s media preview at the British Library of the new exhibition “Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths” which opens to to the general public tomorrow and runs until 29 August. We were shown around the exhibition by the curators Katya Rogatchevshaia and Susan Reed. This fascinating exhibition tells […]

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Word of the day: pareidolia

April 24th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

Pareidolia is a psychological phenomenon in which the mind responds to a stimulus, such as an image or a sound, by perceiving a familiar pattern where none actually exists. Common examples are perceived images of animals, faces, or objects in cloud formations or pieces of food or features in nature, the man in the moon, […]

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