Cameron’s Comic Relief

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So I happened to glimpse the omni-shambles of One Direction’s Red Nose Day anthem “One Way or another (Teenage Kicks)”, and guess what I saw? Amid the soulless, tween-pop-on-tour, cringe-athon, one disreputable mug stood out. I couldn’t believe it – Britain’s very own thief-in-chief, Prime Minister David Cameron, stood smugging up a storm outside number 10, flanked as always by thickets (albeit thickets with full heads of hair on this occasion), in the name of Comic Relief.

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Beasts of England – Kett’s Head Article

Not film related but it is about radical politics, and I fancy spamming this all over the web just to annoy the remaining party loyalists.

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Congratulations to the esteemed Central Committee of the Socialist Workers Party for your revolutionary victory in silencing dissent and evading justice over allegations of sexual assault and rape by a leading member. On a completely unrelated note, Jack Brindelli brings you a cautionary fairytale before bedtime. 

Around the country, beasts of all shapes and sizes crowded around glowing screens, their mouths gaping. Despite the months of censorship and bullying systematically directed at them, they had still, somehow, held out hope. Hope that Delta, the spring-heeled swine who had evaded due process for alleged sexual offences  could be held accountable by mass pressure; even if other members of the Porcine Committee (PC) had his back. But the horses, donkeys, calves and flocks of birds could only stare now, aghast at what confronted them in grim Arial typeface.

The simple message read “Lost 400 to 140” but simultaneously it said so much more…

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A Pervert’s Guide to ‘The Lion King’ by Slavoj Zizek… ish (Dec 2011)

A mock-article I wrote when my media studies covered psycho-analysis in cinema. Still rather enjoy tormenting fans of Disney with this now…

A leaked extract from Slavoj Zizek’s new book “How to make love and alienate people”, available in all strange book-stores in the New Year.

Even in a children’s film seemingly innocent as The Lion King exhibits examples in which psychoanalysis can be used to analyse a singular film. Consider the Oedipus complex (named after the ancient Greek play by Sophocles where Oedipus unknowingly murdered his father and married his mother) Freud theorised about. In the early years of its life, a young boy often has an extraordinarily close relationship with its mother; it essentially loves its maternal figure, to the extent it develops a sexual interest. Continue reading