Tag Archives: Spalding Gray

Swimming to Cambodia

While the death of the monologist in modern society may be sorely missed by those that remember their high point, the work of Spalding Gray is an admirable comfort. His passing was the final nail in the coffin of this career style, and while his vast backlog of work is with us, the man of fresh invention and engagement is not. His beautiful wordplay will never grace a hall, theatre or club again, which makes Swimming to Cambodia sore to watch. We have been deprived of a great artist, a superb lyricist and a formidable public speaker who could spin the most tranquil of tales into a bombastic, sentimental and imaginative piece of beauty.

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True Stories Review

A return to a small town in Texas wishing to celebrate their specialness was inevitable. True Stories is an infectious piece of great fun. But, upon returning to it, it is clear to see that director and musician David Byrne is taking aim at the quality of life and, by extension, the quality of people. Oddities of the world all convene at one point, growing up alongside each other. A believable, yet eccentric tale of consumerism and community. How the two interlink is just as important as the characters Byrne’s direction and writing brings to life, with a backdrop of good music and great technical aspects bringing this scathingly good condemnation of tabloid living to life.

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The Killing Fields Review

My brief flutter of studies of the Vietnam War at a GCSE level was enough to kindle a flame of interest in this brief portion of American conflict history. Roland Joffé presents and directs us through The Killing Fields, a recount of events from the eyes of two journalists right in the heart of Cambodian conflict. A script adaptation from Withnail and I director Bruce Robinson is a certainly strange name to hear attached to such a serious project, but he along with producer David Puttnam and an impressive cast of big-name actors pool together the terrifying story of two journalists looking to survive the fallout and immediate issues surrounding the Cambodian struggles.

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