(SPOILER ALERT!) The 1979 Ridley Scott classic “Alien” was marketed as the “Jaws” in space. A commercial space crew are diverted to a planet, where they pick up a life form. With it on-board they return to space, but the life form is revealed to be an acid-blooded “alien”. It slowly kills of each member of the crew. However, one of the crew members is Ripley (Sigourney Weaver). She is the last survivor, and takes the escape pod. But the alien has joined her. A final battle ensures, and Ripley wins. The end.
No lines, minimal instruction, then act – that’s the essence of improvisation. I attended an excellent taster session run by the City Academy earlier this week. We were told not to worry about failing and just have fun like a child. And, boy was it fun! By the end, we, ten strangers ,were falling over each other with laughter.
The deeper meaning of “The Matrix” has been much debated since its release in 1999. The three most common have been that is about the ultimate struggle between man and machine, “the brain in the vat” (i.e. world as illusion) paradox or the coming of the Messiah. The last one is especially popular. In one version, Neo represents Jesus, Morpheus represents John the Baptist and Trinity represents Mary Magdalene. While all of these are appealing, I recently came across another which I prefer. Continue reading “The Foresight of “The Matrix””
It’s summer, so silly season. I thought I’d check out what the youngsters are watching these days. The first two are their popular choices, while the second two are my choice from the YouTube universe where tweens seem to live! Continue reading “What the Kids Are Watching These Days!”
I’m using Tom Cruise as his career has been long, rather than singling him out. His most recent female co-stars, Emily Blunt (“Edge of Tomorrow”) and Rebecca Ferguson (upcoming “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation”), were born when Tom Cruise made his first hit movie “Risky Business” back in 1983! Here’s his full history: Continue reading “Progressive Hollywood: Ageism Only Towards Women!”
(Speech given to high school students of Economics last year). Eight minute read.
It’s nice to meet so many fresh-faced budding economists. You haven’t yet become jaded with the subject as you will when you enter the real world. So let me give you a head-start and tell you how even the basics you are learning is wrong. Continue reading “Everything You Learnt Is Wrong”
Ran (Japan, 1985). A Kurosawa classic. A re-telling of King Lear but transplanted to Samurai Japan. The best King Lear on film, much better than the supposed classic Laurence Olivier one. Slow, but worth the time investment.
I gave the speech below at a conference for Women Global Leaders in Germany back in 2013. It’s a five minute read.
“I must say I feel daunted speaking to an audience consisting solely of women. A question that springs to mind is whether as a man I can see the world from the eyes of women. I would think I may have advantage as I am from a minority group. Growing up in the UK with dark skin did make me stand out. Often it would elicit racial abuse. So I have often felt negatively affected by being different. In some ways, that has spurred me on. It has given me the mentality of “I’ll show you society” and” I’ll be as good as anyone else”. However, in the process of trying to measure up to the standard set by society, it has at some level forced me to repress something of myself and feel the opinions of the “other” is more important than myself. Continue reading “A Man In A Woman’s World”