It’s not that Where Eagles Dare was a family favourite, one we all sat down to watch together. My mother never much cared for action films; my dad fancied himself a bit of an arthouse buff – the films I recall watching with my family were the old seasons that BBC Two used to show: Hitchcock, Chabrol, Malle and so on. (I just tried thinking of sitting in the living room with my whole family, and the film that sprang to mind was Lacombe, Lucien. Pretentious, moi?) Maybe I loved Where Eagles Dare because it was mine, my solitary pleasure. … [Read more...] about My favourite film aged 12: Where Eagles Dare
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In keeping with this, although the concealed intention of the mission is to weed out top-ranking double agents, its most immediate consequence is gratuitous murder and mayhem on a huge scale. They trash the schloss, wreck the surrounding infrastructure (the cable car is a write-off) and, by the end, are so addicted to the thrill of vandalism that, instead of driving politely through the entrance to the airfield, Baader – I mean Burton – smashes through the perimeter fence (I love the way it gets dragged along after the bus) before achieving the ultimate goal of any self-respecting 1970s terrorists: destroying some stationary planes. … [Read more...] about Geoff Dyer on Where Eagles Dare
But Tory interest in Thaler has not stopped there. When he arrived in London last week to do some teaching, five senior Conservatives met him for more than an hour to discuss his ideas and how they might work together. Steve Hilton, the party's head of strategy and Cameron's chief ideas man, was there, as were director of research James O'Shaughnessy and Oliver Letwin, MP and head of the party's policy review. … [Read more...] about From Obama to Cameron, why do so many politicians want a piece of Richard Thaler?
The first five minutes of One Man, Two Guvnors seem quite deliberately as if you’re in Carry On-land. What I remember most vividly is those first minutes in the first preview, feeling the audience’s jaws on the floor, as if they were asking: how can they be doing this? The moment they got it is in when James comes in, throws a peanut in the air and does a kind of dazzling thing that he and Cal worked out – falling backwards over a chair, catching the peanut in his mouth and springing straight back up again. There was a kind of collective decision in the audience: Oh, it’s this kind of show! … [Read more...] about One Man, Two Guvnors: Nicholas Hytner on the joy of farcing around
The argument that markets generally work best has been made by successive governments, Tory and Labour, over the last three decades. And they have moved to introduce and extend markets in more and more areas of public life – from hospitals to schools to water suppliers. And it's happening again with universities, where the Browne review takes as one of its fundamental assumptions that "students are best placed to make the judgment about what they want to get from participating in higher education" – a lovely example of market-speak. … [Read more...] about Cameron’s hijacking of Nudge theory is a classic example of how big ideas get corrupted