Monsieur Lazhar review

An inevitably melancholic film — the eponymous Monsieur Lazhar is the new teacher who replaces one who has committed suicide — this remains a tender well acted movie. The classification as comedy may leave some a bit confused. I found even the lightest comic relief to be thin on the ground and this does underline Continue reading Monsieur Lazhar review

Class not race is the key to America’s drift leftward

Met with overwhelmingly with relief, President Obama’s victory in last week’s election may at first sight appear a flimsy thing: the electoral college may have been overwhelming, but the popular vote was narrow. Yet there is some genuine cause to be more optimistic for America: even The Spectator believes the US is heading leftward, ‘whoever the candidate might be’. Continue reading Class not race is the key to America’s drift leftward

Nadine Dorries Nude

UPDATE: Looking for Nadine Dorries topless? Visit Buff the Banana with Paul Dacre for that stuff. Earlier today, while discussing Nadine Dorries’ suspension from the parliamentary Conservative Party following her plan to appear on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, I mentioned that the last time I had written about Nadine Dorries was Continue reading Nadine Dorries Nude

Scarlett Johansson’s lucky tattoo… looks a little unlucky

You might imagine that a tattoo would make life difficult for an actor, severely limiting the roles that might be able to take up. But perhaps that is a not such a concern for once you’re an a-lister like Scarlett Johansson who can rely on someone in special effects to deal with it. Anyway. Scarlett Continue reading Scarlett Johansson’s lucky tattoo… looks a little unlucky

Obama election relief as Tea Party hits its high watermark

The overwhelming reaction to Obama’s election victory is relief. Relief that the election was decisive enough to avoid a repeat of 2000’s shenanigans, but relief primarily that the US has not voted for a UK-style double dip recession: that is they have not voted to cut the public sector too far too fast and so remove demand from the Continue reading Obama election relief as Tea Party hits its high watermark