And at the end he tells the crusading lawyer: "All you did was weaken a country tonight." Sorkin may claim he is avoiding the trap of moral melodrama. But I was reminded of Herman Wouk's The Caine Mutiny Court Martial which ends with a defence of the paranoiac Captain Queeg and an attack on the bookish intellectual who exposed him. … [Read more...] about A Few Good Men
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Left wing: Saïd Benrahma (Brentford) Perhaps the player of the season, despite failing to showcase his quality when it mattered most at Wembley. Benrahma’s tricks and flicks have lit up the division for successive seasons but he has developed into a more rounded player, improving the defensive side of his game. Last season he was impressive, this campaign breathtaking, scoring 17 goals and providing eight assists. Bryan Mbeumo, one-third of Brentford’s fabled ‘BMW’ attack, also deserves credit after an outstanding debut season. … [Read more...] about Who makes our Football League teams of the season for 2019-20?
Wales were aggrieved they never had a chance to double their advantage from the penalty spot when Martin Skrtel, trying to shepherd the ball out of play, elbowed Jonny Williams in the face. That incident went unpunished, unlike the poor defending that Duda exposed to equalise shortly after he came on. Robert Mak got away from Aaron Ramsey and Dave Edwards far too easily on the Slovakia right and the winger’s neat cut-back was dispatched by Duda, who drilled a low shot across Ward and into the far corner. … [Read more...] about Hal Robson-Kanu strikes to give Wales opening victory over Slovakia
Whately and Bowie had known each other for almost two decades, having worked together on a short film at the beginning of Whately’s career, and the pair regularly kept in touch over email. It was an exchange mainly of book and film recommendations, everything from Pulitzer-prize winning novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz to the 1973 BBC documentary series The Ascent of Man. Whately said Bowie would consume a book a day. … [Read more...] about David Bowie did not know he was dying until final few months
My Pure Land is just the latest in a string of feminist new westerns – repurposing a form in which women were once silent chattels. Female strength and male hubris feature in films from the Coen brothers’ remake of True Grit to the austere Meek’s Cutoff, directed by Kelly Reichardt. Others flip the script on men who spent the original westerns killing to protect the honour of their wives and daughters – now they are the predators against whom women must defend themselves. That was the engine of The Keeping Room and Jane Got a Gun, and now here’s another movie – Brimstone, a lurid tale of a preacher and his reign of terror over a series of young women. … [Read more...] about Under fire: how cinema’s new breed of cowboys are taking aim at the old west