Barbarian Days

I like to think I’m pretty adventurous. For a pussy. I lived on several continents and travelled to many countries but William Finnegan has me beat. His book ‘Barbarian Days’ chronicles a surfing life that saw him travel the world in search of the finest breaks, from his native Southern California to Hawaii, where he …

Narcos

It’s a tragic fact of life that secretly most of us would love to have a go at being a gangster. The sex appeal of violent men is well documented and people who for example argue that somehow the realness of gangster flicks like ‘Goodfellas’ really show how tawdry it all is are high on …

You Must Listen to This

In my late teens I happened across a battered copy of Kenneth Anger’s Hollywood Babylon in a second hand book store. It proved to be an inspired find and led me to the joys of old Hollywood history and scandal. Anger’s version of the past might have been highly disputable but what was beyond debate …

Sicario

The movie ‘Sicario’ hits you like an assassin’s bullet, right between the eyes with its powerful betrayal of the Mexican drug cartels and the men and women who try to bring them to justice. Emily Blunt plays an FBI agent recruited by a mysterious government official played by Josh Brolin, to take down a Mexican …