LETTERS FROM LONDON
1. LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE:
I’m not going over to the dark side; I’ve seen the trailer. I’ve viewed Natalie
Portman desperately trying to act ...hysterical to horror back to hysterical back
to horror ad inf. She appeared to be saying to herself: “Look like you’re acting,
Natalie, look like your acting...acting crazy...acting sexually frustrated...acting
out. Oh Natalie. Do you want an Oscar or don’t you. Are you forcing me to self-
harm?”

Opinions have been clearly divided. The film is the most brilliant/extraordinary
ever made or it is utter tosh/crap.

Stridently taking the former position, the truly torturous to watch ‘presenter’
Claudia Winkleman gushed like a geyser on and on and on BBC Film
2011.

CW’s film-escort , the dismissed Danny Leigh is a proper film critic, not a silky
hair tossing, casually cosily curled up on the sofa, finger jabbing, shrilly smug
TV personality. You trust him. You know that you agree with him without seeing
the film(s) and he said it was rubbish. Director Darren Aronofsky’s gothic
attempt looks like an attention-getting student film inspired by Lars vonTrier’s
twisted neuroses.

“The lunatic is in my head.
The lunatic is in my head
You raise the blade, you make the change
You re-arrange me 'til I'm sane.
You lock the door
And throw away the key
There's someone in my head but it's not me.”  Pink Floyd

We know the awards given out at the Golden Globes are fixed and surely we
don’t believe for a moment that the Oscars are given on merit – do we. No. We
don’t – and never did.

I feel compelled to rent Polanski’s
Repulsion with the brilliant and so beautiful
Catherine Deneuve deteriorating before our eyes followed by
The Red Shoes.
Then I’m off to the cinema to see
Neds and The King’s Speech. That will fill my
day – and night.


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