In the late 1950s, Britain was a country in transition. The destruction caused by two world wars remained evident but the economy was booming and unemployment was at an all-time low. Popular music was bringing diverse groups of individuals together and creating a sense of unity among the youth. Despite the overall prosperity, the stark differences separating the ‘haves’ from the ‘have-nots’ were more apparent … Continue reading ANGRY CINEMA: THE BRITISH NEW WAVE


“The only performance that makes it…that really makes it…that makes it all the way…is the one that achieves madness.” – Turner aka Mick Jagger in Performance (1970) If someone asked me the proverbial question: “The Beatles or The Rolling Stones?” I’d pledge my allegiance to the bad boys of rock and roll in an instant. The first concert I ever attended was a Rolling Stones’ show at Candlestick … Continue reading THE MANY ROLES OF MICK JAGGER

Culture Clash: RUDE BOY (1980)

“We felt that the whole machine was teetering on the brink of collapse. Some amazing things went down in Britain during the ’70s—the government decided they could disempower the unions by having a three-day week, for instance. Can you imagine that? … There were garbage strikes, train strikes, power strikes, the lights were going out—everything seemed on the brink, and looking through youthful, excitable eyes … Continue reading Culture Clash: RUDE BOY (1980)

An 80s Pop Music Extravaganza: Absolute Beginners (1986)

I recently wrote about the often overlooked 1980s pop music extravaganza ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS (1986) for The Cultural Gutter. The film has grown on me a lot over the years thanks to a central performance by the one and only David Bowie and a a growing respect for what (I believe) director Julien Temple was trying to achieve. Here’s an excerpt: “The film’s ‘80s inspired neon … Continue reading An 80s Pop Music Extravaganza: Absolute Beginners (1986)

January at the Movie Morlocks

Had planned on posting this a few weeks ago but it slipped my mind. Still trying to get back into the swing of things around here. What follows is a list of my January posts for TCM’s Movie Morlocks blog: – Peter O’Toole: A Hellraiser Remembered Excerpt: “I can’t speak for my fellow Morlocks but I often find it very difficult to write about the … Continue reading January at the Movie Morlocks

In Celebration: Elvis Presley at 79

Today is January 8th and it would have been Elvis Presley’s 79th birthday if he was still with us. I often spend this day listening to my favorite Elvis albums so today I thought I’d share 5 of my favorite Elvis songs from 5 of my favorite Elvis movies. Enjoy! “Jailhouse Rock” – from JAILHOUSE ROCK (1957) “Crawfish” – from KING CREOLE (1958) “Bossa Nova … Continue reading In Celebration: Elvis Presley at 79

Young Americans (1967)

The Young Americans (1967) From my latest piece at the Movie Morlocks … “In 1968 five documentary films were nominated for an Oscar but you’d never know that from looking at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences website. The site claims to feature a complete list of all the Oscar nominees and winners, but on the official web page for the 41st Oscar … Continue reading Young Americans (1967)


Controversial film director Ken Russell passed away suddenly this week at the age of 84. Russell has long been considered the bad boy of British cinema or the original ‘enfant terrible’ of the empire, but for almost as long as I can remember he’s been one of my favorite filmmakers. I was introduced to his work as a young pre-teen in the late 1970s after … Continue reading KEN RUSSELL: IN HIS OWN WORDS

A Light that Never Went Out: The MTV Legacy of Derek Jarman

One of the most fascinating and overlooked aspects of Derek Jarman’s impressive filmmaking career is his collaborative work with musical artists. These projects materialized as experimental short films as well as music promo videos that regularly aired on MTV throughout the 1980s. Jarman appreciated the money he made directing videos but he wasn’t particularly happy about doing work for hire and said that it was … Continue reading A Light that Never Went Out: The MTV Legacy of Derek Jarman