1916, Some Questions

1916, Some Questions

Did I celebrate or commemorate 1916? No, I didn’t go to any of the organised events.

Did I boycott the events, taking the view that the Rising was neither justified nor effective? No, I didn’t. I’m unsure about my feelings. I’m not great on those commemorations anyway, especially those organised by the establishment (whatever that is). I had other things on.

Speaking of Boycott, wasn’t he a 19th Century absentee British landlord who evicted his tenants over some Land League organised action of theirs, the kind of persecutions that the Republicans rose up against in 1916? Yes, that’s the fellow.

So, they were justified in The Rising? I don’t know. Continue reading “1916, Some Questions”

Hail, Caesar! The Coen Brothers: would that TWER so simple

Hail, Caesar! The Coen Brothers: would that TWER so simple

Hail, Caesar! is the new film written, directed and co-produced by the incomparable Coen brothers, and their first since the atmospheric and moody Inside Llewyn Davis in 2013.

It’s the fourth instalment of the Knucklehead trilogy (I know, I know – must be a Coen thing) after Burn After Reading (2008), Intolerable Cruelty (2003) and O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000).

And what a breath of fresh air it is: funny and witty and giddy and flakey and thoughtful as only these fraternal auteurs can be. Continue reading “Hail, Caesar! The Coen Brothers: would that TWER so simple”