Written in Stone, When All Stones Erode

Often, we think of an artwork as absolute. Picasso’s work, for example, is simply Picasso’s work; unchanged over time. We’re aware that a digital JPEG of a painting will lose all of its tangible resonance, such as its finer brushstrokes. Yet, we still consider it to be a fair representation of an essential absolute. Those with a passing interest in art may even have some peripheral sense that a long life would naturally degrade the brilliance of a piece. But, outside of the exclusive world of art criticism and appreciation, it’s rare for us to consider the ways that an individual expression can evolve.…   [continue reading]

Blade Runner 2049 [TRAILER REACTIONS]

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I eventually saw Blade Runner 2049, and subsequently wrote about it here.

I am absolutely the right person at Secret Cave to write this.  That’s something I believe both Bens would yield to, well aware of my lifelong love for Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner.  It’s been my favourite film since I was around sixteen years old.  Even before that it was ever-present in my upbringing.  A favourite of both my Dad and Brother, I knew its opening crawl well from a young age.  The very idea of a sequel to that masterpiece was frightening, but it’s now something I can’t deny or avoid.  …   [continue reading]

Live-Tweeting Reactions to ‘Alien’ (1979)

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After several not-so friendly pokes in the ribs from Lee, I’ve caved and watched Alien.

I have no idea how I evaded it for so long, and it’s something I’m pretty ashamed about. However, I jumped at the chance to watch it as a way to write something a bit different for Secret Cave.

Scroll past my proper-writer analysis below to read the condensed, live-tweet version.

Shamefully late Alien first impressions

Unlike audiences at the time, or even the majority of normal people on Earth today, I’d been exposed to countless Alien imitators, but never the genuine article.…   [continue reading]

Alien

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Ridley Scott’s Alien is one of the most obvious science fiction classics ever committed to film.  Every single aspect of this masterpiece is tightly woven and meticulously constructed.  It’s probably that, along with its great tale, keeping it so richly alive over the years since its release.  Now drowning in accolade, it seems the critics most definitely do get things right from time to time.  It’s still the best film in the series that followed it too, itself a notable collection of flicks (even if it does devolve across its course).  …   [continue reading]