I have just been to see this wonderful and very funny film that is wicked in its dark humour content. It takes every day situations, six of them, and exaggerates their outcomes. The film was produced by Almodovar and has his style stamped all over it. While waiting for the film to start there were several Hollywood trailers that featured many special visual and audio effects, car chases and killing people. In comparison then it would appear that Hollywood has not only lost the plot but lost all the plots. In Britain it would be nice to see some of the independent film makers products. The slops that Hollywood produced can’t be everything that comes out of the US.
David v Goliath might be the next Hollywood blockbuster, they must be making it after having made Noah etc, but in the real world Goliath Inc, Goliath Corp and Goliath PLC kill and trample all over David the good guy. And here is just another tale of the little guys losing out to the corporate monsters. So let’s start with a couple of photos to illustrate who the good guys are. This is the canal boat, Word on the Water, a floating bookshop and poetry venue. And this is the cat that lives on the boat. The photos were taken near one entrance of Paddington station on the Grand Union Canal. In an article titled, “Paddington bare”, Private Eye explains that the Canal and River Trust have selected British Land to take two new permanent trade moorings and you can guess where :-). They plan to open a floating coffee shop and “Welcome centre” in the two moorings. The article adds that there are already more than a dozen coffee outlets in the area including one on a canal boat. So huge evil corporation that has spent £470 million (how much of that is debt?) buying up the local area versus a small independent business and cultural space. It doesn’t take a genius to work out the ending and it isn’t a Hollywood one. Story copyright of Private Eye. Buy it, you will be amazed.