Spencer Leigh

Spencer Leigh

Spencer Leigh Quick Links

News Film RSS

The Last Of England Review


Terrible
"Impressionistic" doesn't have to mean "bad" -- but when the images are disjointed, clichéd, and disgusting, it pretty much does. The Last of England, an experimental film by the late Derek Jarman, begins with a man masturbating on a poster and goes downhill from there. The images include sequences of terrorists holding hostages (but we never find out who they are), kids standing on piles of rubble, a bride cutting her wedding dress with a pair of scissors, homoerotic (but not very erotic) sex scenes, and a pale, skinny naked man eating a dead bird. It's graphic and disorienting, yet also totally trite.

In the early part of the film, a narrator solemnly intones Eliot-like observations about the decline of England, post-industrial anomie, growing up in the Midland suburbs, or whatever. He rages against the upper class, the bureaucracies, or who knows what. Maybe The Last of England is supposed to be a comment about Thatcher (after decades of socialism, the British Left somehow managed to blame Thatcher for rampant unemployment and poverty). But it's hard to infer anything from endless, out-of-focus looped footage of demolished buildings and dancing drag queens. The title's right, though. If this film is any indication, the country that produced the Industrial Revolution, Newton, Darwin and Shakespeare is barely registering a cultural pulse.

Continue reading: The Last Of England Review

Aria Review


Bad
Every decade or so, those wacky independents try this stunt -- getting a bunch of Big Name Directors together to make a collaborative movie. Invariably, it sucks (see Lumiere and Company), but rarely does it suck so hard as it does in Aria.

The conceit this time: Each director takes a piece of classical music and sets it to film -- mostly without dialogue and invariably without any sense whatsoever.

Continue reading: Aria Review

Spencer Leigh

Spencer Leigh Quick Links

News Film RSS
Advertisement

Occupation

Actor


Suggested

'Black Mirror' Season 5: Possible Release Date and Interactive Enjoyment

'Black Mirror' Season 5: Possible Release Date and Interactive Enjoyment

We're far too excited about the new season of this epic anthology series.

Advertisement
Westlife Announce Reunion Tour And New Music

Westlife Announce Reunion Tour And New Music

After a couple of weeks of speculation, the Irish quartet are getting back together for the 20th anniversary of their 1998 formation.

Remembering That Time Steve Buscemi Helped Fire Fighters After 9/11

Remembering That Time Steve Buscemi Helped Fire Fighters After 9/11

Once a fire fighter, always a fire fighter.

The Distillers Release First New Music In 15 Years

The Distillers Release First New Music In 15 Years

Brody Dalle's band dropped their first new music since 2003's 'Coral Fang'.

Advertisement

Spencer Leigh Movies

Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.