Author: Charlie Phair

Call me Ishmael, or Charlie, some people even call me Chaz for short. Some years ago - never mind how long precisely- having little or no money in my purse, I started writing things on the internet. I thought I would write about movies and video games and see where it took me. It didn't take me anywhere really. But I enjoy the process none the less.
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High-Rise : Inner City Problems

One of the recurring images I remember from GCSE Geography was a silhouette of a lonely looking elderly person staring glumly from out of their window of their high-rise apartment. The image was from an old VHS video of a taped BBC documentary belonging to our teacher who was adamant about scorching this particular image into our retinas so that… Read more →

Trumbo

Trumbo – Life is unfair…

Oscar season naturally bring us the inspirational true story about how one person or a small collection of people overcame great hardship and ridicule to achieve a great victory of the human spirit. This year, we’ve already had this with Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies and to a lesser extent Alejandro Inarritu’s The Revenant. Trumbo is another example and has… Read more →

Spectre – Britain’s Got Talent

As is common British civic duty, every couple of years the British people flock to their nearest cinema to watch their favourite super spy sell them a plethora of high quality goods whilst killing legions of bad guys in various scenic locales. How we laugh and cry before returning home to our repressed British lifestyles, where we sleep in completely… Read more →

Macbeth – sound, fury and tragedy

When it comes to Shakespeare, every generation must have their definitive adaptation of the classic core texts. Macbeth is perhaps Shakespeare’s most revered tragedy, a timeless parable about the corruptive influence of power, self delusion and evil incarnate. In today’s climate of wealth disparity, frequent acts of terrorism and the inflation of the personal ego via social media this is… Read more →