Hamish Todd

June 2009

Theatre, Life, Death, God, Love and Faith - yet an un-Bergmanesque Bergman

As with many Bergman characters, Helen’s profession as an actor is her life. Among the deleted scenes are several soliloquies where she says that her life is a masquerade, putting a shocking spin on what is seen in the film version.

Film

Passing through

Wendy’s car becomes an interesting symbol. Without it she can’t take her dog anywhere, and it’s devastating to find out that the cost of repairing it is more than she can afford. It is never seen being driven, and this combined with her dependance on it suggests it represents employment.

Film
April 2009

Chocolate covered broccoli

Jonathan Blow, one of the greatest minds in the gaming industry today once stated that ’games inherently teach’. These teachers did little with this fact.

Essays
March 2009

Metalheads

On the one hand the other set pieces are made to be real and they’re all real people even if they sometimes do unrealistically apt things. But on the other hand it’s completely insane in context and nearly too funny to be true.

Film
February 2009

Dancing with depth

If you want to know who killed Nancy then this is the film for you. If you want a humourous and interesting exploration of the eclectic lives of rock musicians then you could do worse, but they could do a lot better.

Film

Culture Wars was included in creativetourists’ Top 25 UK Arts & Culture Blogs 2009.