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The Long, Happy Life of Pero Jelinic

Deep in the South African outback, the hunter drew a bead. The lion paused and was perfectly situated in his crosshairs. Bang! The hunter dropped to the ground. He was an old man who would hunt no more. He was dead. The restauranteur named Pero, who was from Croatia, had gone to Africa to shoot lions, not to tame them. He had already hunted everything that could be hunted in Europe, his friends said. So…

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Your Mother Should Know, Jennifer Lawrence

  VENICE – Does her mother know where she is? Her latest film begs the question, showing that Mother does not always know best. Here’s the thing: It would be hard to find a more refreshing Hollywood personality than Jennifer Lawrence.  She has trouble being anything other than who she appears to be – a spirited, talented, and charismatic young woman with a taste for mischief. That’s an astounding feat for someone working in a film…

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Blade Runner 2049: The Great Escapism

Doctor Labyrinth, like most people who read a great deal and who have too much time on their hands, had become convinced that our civilization was going the way of Rome. He saw, I think, the same cracks forming that had sundered the ancient world, the world of Greece and Rome; and it was his conviction that presently our world, our society, would pass away as theirs did, and a period of darkness would follow. “The…

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The Name is Blonde, Atomic Blonde

Has the world discovered its next big action hero? It may come as a surprise to audiences and film industry observers alike that Charlize Theron is laying claim to the title of Hollywood’s biggest, baddest, kick-ass star. The statuesque (5’10”) South African actress was looking particularly energised and enthusiastic – not to mention sublimely beautiful – when she attended the recent SXSW Festival in Austin where she dazzled fans on and off the screen. Her…

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Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?

Sometimes I wonder. A friend of mine arrived recently from the USA with a wrist watch telephone. I said that it reminded me of Dick Tracy, the popular old comic strip which became a movie starring Warren Beatty in the early 1990s. My friend looked at me as if he were a dog, I’d just showed a card trick. Who is Dick Tracy? Who indeed? The very idea that the wrist, the traditional 20th-century place…

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