I Believe

How the US Soccer team made me love my adopted country To get to the fields where I coach my daughter’s soccer team you drive to the edge of town and pull into a disused horse-racing track. Go past the collapsing ticket booth and park in the dirt lot, before walking through a tunnel that goes […]

All Grown Up – Minority Report reviewed

Wednesday, August 14, 2002 ‘What happened to our sense of wonder?’ mumbles Van Morrison in his song ‘On Hyndford Street’, and Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report answers that question with a degree of pain and pessimism we’ve not seen from him before.  Spielberg was famously the Peter Pan of Hollywood, his films warmed by the sense […]

Black Hawk Down – TGF

Tuesday, January 22, 2002 There was a moment in the middle of Black Hawk Down when it dawned on me what I was watching – it was a TGF. Those of you unfamiliar with US military slang will have to take my word for this, but it wasn’t that Friday feeling I was getting as […]

It’s not easy being green – Shrek reviewed

Sunday, July 01, 2001 ‘Shrek’, it’s funny, it’s cute, it’s clever; a modern style fairytale with enough gags to please both the kids and the grown-ups in the audience, it offers an alternative view of dragons, princesses and ogres, topped off with amazing animation. I’m still marvelling over the texture of Eddie Murphy’s fur, and […]