Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Crocodile smiles

A friend of mine once shared with me these words of advice that his father gave him as he was about to embark on a challenging new phase of his career:
Remember that not everyone that shows you their teeth is smiling.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Just Musing by Augustine Lungu

Pure comedic genius: Augustine Lungu's Just Musing columns are back online.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Rafa's analysis

Rafa Benitez analyses the final of the 2012 African Cup of Nations.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Happy Endings

This past weekend I took my son, the aspiring filmmaker, to see Martin Scorcese's Hugo. He loved it. And so did I. It's a wonderful (literally wonder-full), tender and lovingly made story. And an homage to early filmmakers and filmmaking. Scorcese's best in my opinion. It's certainly a radical departure from his normal work which, as we all know, never gets rated PG (like Hugo). The entire cast is superb. (Well, almost the entire cast. Sorry Sacha.) The performances of Sir Ben Kingsley, Asa Butterfield and Michael Stuhlbarg are especially good, excellent even. At one point, Georges Méliès, Ben Kingsley's character, expresses his deep disaffection with the way his life has turned out: "My life has taught me one lesson: Happy endings only happen in the movies." Without giving away too much, the whole story is about how Monsieur Méliès is cured of this cynical view of life through the efforts of the eponymous Hugo Cabret (Asa Butterfield) and Prof. Rene Tabard (Michael Stuhlbarg).

I remembered this later on in the weekend when I watched a second happy ending: