Jim & Andy (& Hume)

Andy Kaufman was an entertainer in the late 70s and early 80s who would do anything to make people laugh, except tell jokes. He disliked conventional stand-up so tried his hand everything else instead, including sketch shows, performance art, music, dance, art and wrestling. In 1999, Jim Carrey played Andy Kaufman in Man on The … Continue reading Jim & Andy (& Hume)

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Mamma Mia 2 and Why I am Wrong About Everything

It would take a real prick to not be bowled over by Mamma Mia 2. And for a long time, I thought I was that prick. All my life I have thought of musicals as derivative nonsense that should be treated with huge piles of scorn; it didn’t matter if it was Les Miserables or … Continue reading Mamma Mia 2 and Why I am Wrong About Everything

Edge of Seventeen and Teenage Identity

John Hughes reinvigorated the ‘teen’ movie by tapping into stereotypes. His series of adolescent dramadies – including Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – introduced the idea that us youngsters are exclusively jocks, nerds or cheerleaders. These categories then became cemented in the 90s and reached their apex in films like 10 Things I … Continue reading Edge of Seventeen and Teenage Identity