Imagine if Carl Jung Pyschoanalysed James Bond…

Freud and Jung are the two godfathers of psychoanalysis. The former tended to focus on mummy issues and repressed desires, while the latter  tended to focus on culture, myths and spirituality. Perhaps, the most intriguing work of Jung was his work on alchemy. Rather than seeing it as the debunked method of turning actual lead into gold, he viewed it metaphorically as the process for human transformation or as he called it individuation.

You may ask what this has got to with James Bond, well I came across a great article in the excellent movie magazine Beneficial Shock! that applied this Jungian idea on the four Daniel Craig James Bond movies. So I thought I’d lay it out: Continue reading “Imagine if Carl Jung Pyschoanalysed James Bond…”

My 23 Favourite Podcast Episodes So Far This Year

I’m a huge fan of podcasts. Listening to them forms part of my daily routine and I get many of my insights from them. I typically list my favourite podcasts, but this time I thought I’d list some of my favourite specific episodes. These may give you a springboard to enjoy the rest of the episodes of those podcasts. So here they are for this year (episode name first, followed by podcast name): Continue reading “My 23 Favourite Podcast Episodes So Far This Year”

Avengers Infinity War Revelation About God (SPOILER FREE)

I loved it – Avengers: Infinity Wars, that is. It somehow manages to carry thirty Marvel heroes, has some excellent and humorous pairings of characters and has a meaningful storyline. Best of all, it also has a metaphysical angle. Thanos, the villain, clearly has a God-thing going on, the fate of the universe itself is at stake and we deal with ultimate good and evil. Continue reading “Avengers Infinity War Revelation About God (SPOILER FREE)”

My Favourites Of 2017 Part 2: Movies, Books and Songs, What’s Yours?

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My last blog was on my favourite apps, websites and purchases of 2017, this is on my favourite movies, songs and books of 2017. Remember to tell me yours! Here are mine: Continue reading “My Favourites Of 2017 Part 2: Movies, Books and Songs, What’s Yours?”

What’s the Best Movie Of All Time?

A past blog elicited a bigger response than I expected. It was my postscript on the top grossing movies of all time when adjusted for inflation (in the US)that did it. Many were surprised that Gone With the Wind topped the rankings. So I thought I’d go deeper on movie rankings.

The starting point has be to be box office grosses, but rather than inflation adjusting and looking just at the US, how do the rankings look for the all-time worldwide grosses? Continue reading “What’s the Best Movie Of All Time?”

How Men See Women Differently and Put Them Down At Work

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I’m a man, yet I’d like to think I see beyond gender, especially at work. Moreover, I have females in my family, so I’m “incentivised” to be fair. I’m sure many of the men recently engulfed in sexual harassment and abuse scandals form Harvey Weinstein to Roger Ailes probably told themselves that too. So, am I really as “unbiased” as I think I am?  Continue reading “How Men See Women Differently and Put Them Down At Work”

All About the Zippy One-Liners (2 mins)

Sometimes I feel like watching a movie that cannot hide behind flashy CGI and the hype of modern media. One such film I saw recently was the 1950 classic All About Eve. It’s the story of an ageing actress Margo (played by Bette Davis) and an ambitious fan Eve, who entangles herself in Margo’s life. It also features an Oscar-winning performance by George Sanders, who plays the theatre critic Addison. What’s amazing about the movie is its zippy and extremely sophisticated script which hasn’t aged at all. I cannot think of many movies with better dialogue. Here are of some of the memorable lines: Continue reading “All About the Zippy One-Liners (2 mins)”

My Favourite Books/Movies/Music/Apps Of 2016, What’s Yours?

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It’s that time of the year. I’ve collated my list for each category (plus podcasts). There’s been some great stuff out this year, and I’m sure I’ve missed much, so let me know what you liked!

Continue reading “My Favourite Books/Movies/Music/Apps Of 2016, What’s Yours?”

My Subversive Guide To Suicide Squad

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I’m very partial to trashy action movies, including superhero ones. The trouble is that with five out already this year, it’s getting tiresome watching superheroes save the world yet again in CGI-heavy final showdowns. My way to get over the boredom is to add new subversive meanings to each movie.

The most recent one I’ve seen is Suicide Squad. On the surface   Continue reading “My Subversive Guide To Suicide Squad”