The Friday Film – 92 in the Shade

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92 in the Shade is a 1975 American drama film written and directed by Thomas McGuane, based on his 1973 novel of the same name, it stars Peter Fonda, Warren Oates, Elizabeth Ashley and Margot Kidder.Wikipedia

A man must keep his “creedence”, even when he finds himself locked in a purgatory of his own choosing. Such is the throughline of novelist-cum-filmmaker Thomas McGuane’s sole feature directorial effort, 92 In the Shade (’75) — a languid Florida Keys character study which sees a collection of losers circling the drain, even as the sun continues to shine, tanning their already leathery skin. The life of a fishing guide is one of cutthroat repetition, as McGuane invites us onto their tiny motorboats and takes us out to sea, allowing the audience to cast their own line and take in the surroundings. The blues, greens, and slowly setting sun amalgamate into a beautiful Southern America tableau, as we scan the warm, clear waters for trophies. But the stink of gasoline and corruption starts to fill our noses the longer we stay out with these dead end men, who aren’t really bothered by the fact that if they don’t kill each other first, skin, lung or liver disease will surely snatch up their lives and whisk them away from the current oasis they wait for death in. – Birth. Movies. Death.

| Drama, Comedy | 29 August 1975 (USA)

Though set in Key West, Florida, a goodly portion of 92 in the Shade was filmed in England. Peter Fonda plays Tom Skelton, a bum who gets a job as a fishing guide in his old home town. Nobody wants to have anything to do with Skelton, least of all rival guides Nichol Dance and Carter (Warren Oates and Harry Dean Stanton). Faced with financial disaster and widespread hostility, he turns to his wealthy grandfather Goldsboro (Burgess Meredith) for help. – Rotten Tomatoes

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92 in the Shade contains a host of 70’s actors (Peter Fonda, Harry Dean Stanton, Warren Oates…) arguing and drinking whilst surrounded by boats. Everyone is hot and sweaty and the viewer is excited and confused.

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I felt as though there must have originally been ten times more film and that it had been ruthlessly cut down.

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Examining the Odd: Calling All Artists!

Examining the Odd is looking to feature work by strange or unusual visual artists, writers, musicians and filmmakers. I enjoy sharing my own doodles and poems alongside those of mostly dead people, but I’d love to be surrounded by living artists too.

Send an email to if you’re interested in seeing your work on the blog.


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The Mason Of Imagination by J.M.R


The Mason Of Imagination


Hello, here I am look me up tell me what you think.

See the man of 40 some years expose reality through imagination.

Come and listen to the tale, get a snack. Have a drink.

Listen to my story and of my contemplation.

I never came from money my mind my favorite toy.

These worlds I had inside my youth had no knowledge of reality.

As I grew I saw others let thier worlds go, seeing them as belonging to a girl or boy.

I watched imagination die I saw love burn yet did I let go, no.

Not me.

I go for positivity.

I fight for the right to smile and laugh.

I battle for the effects of coffee.

Euphoria I pour yet I’m the carafe.

I am a philosopher poet, artist and bard.

A genuine sineater placed in the world to compound hope.

Hope in the human race is hard.

Watch me! Watch me walk across this tightrope.
Take at look at his YouTube channel where you can find random videos of his art, spoken word, claymation and other things.
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The Friday Film – John Cage “Water walk”

This week’s Friday Film is John Cage’s Water Walk.

Did you know that John Cage created visual art too? Take a look – it’s quite lovely.

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5 Quotes from the Gormenghast Trilogy

Let’s have some quotes from Mervyn Peake’s beautifully disturbing Gormenghast trilogy. I love the books and, unlike many, I also really enjoyed the BBC adaptation, but there are rumors that Neil Gaiman is going to have a crack at his own TV version!



Lady Gertrude Groane, by Braen on DeviantArt
Lady Gertrude Groane, by Braen on DeviantArt

1. “He had no longer any need for home, for he carried his Gormenghast within him. All that he sought was jostling within himself. He had grown up. What a boy had set out to seek a man had found, found by the act of living.” Mervyn Peake.

Peake's notebook for Gormenghast, bearing his own illustrations
Peake’s notebook for Gormenghast, bearing his own illustrations

2. “Never having had either positive cruelty or kindness shown to her by her parents, but only an indifference, she was not conscious of what it was that she missed—affection.” Titus Groan, Chapter 37 “The Grotto”


Mervyn Peake
Mervyn Peake

4. ““She thinks she’s a lady.” And then he grinned until the very lake seemed to be in danger of engulfment. “Oh, dear!” the poor thing. Tries so hard, and the more she tries, the less she is. Ha! ha! ha! Take it from me, Fuchsia dear, The only ladies are those to whom the idea of whether they are or not never occurs. Her blood’s all right—Irma’s—same as mine, ha, ha, ha! but it doesn’t go by blood. It’s equipoise, my Gipsy, equipoise that does it—with a bucketful of tolerance thrown in.” Titus Groan, Chapter 65 “By Gormenghast Lake”

5. “Countless candles dribbled with hot wax, and their flames, like little flags, fluttered in the unchartered currents of air. Thousands of lamps, naked, or shuttered behind coloured glass, burned with their glows of purple, amber, grass-green, blue, blood red and even grey. The walls of Gormenghast were like the walls of paradise or like the walls of an inferno. The colours were devilish or angelical according to the colour of the mind that watched them. They swam, those walls, with the hues of hell, with the tints of Zion. The breasts of the plumaged seraphim; the scales of Satan.” Mervyn Peake



The Friday Film: Wakefield

Wakefield is a film about a man (Bryan Cranston) who abandons his family. The protagonist explores the issues of abandonment as well as other social problems.

Most people know Cranston from Breaking Bad (and those of us of a certain age, Malcolm in the Middle) and his character here is similar in that he’s really very unlikable, yet still fascinating to watch.

Wakefield (Cranston’s character) moves into the upstairs of his huge garage without his family knowing, and begins to spy on them. He starts to enjoy his new lifestyle, foraging for food in the neighbors’ bins and getting back to basics.

He goes from big-shot city man to homeless (ish) down and out. Wakefield sees the appeal of being unreachable by anyone, yet he’s still able to check up on those he cares about.

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LOUISE BOURGEOIS – documentary on a modern artist

Louise Bourgeois


Best known for her large-scale sculpture and installation art, Bourgeois was also a prolific painter and printmaker. She explored a variety of themes over the course of her long career including domesticity and the family, sexuality and the body, as well as death and the subconscious. Although Bourgeois exhibited with the Abstract Expressionists and her work has much in common with Surrealism and Feminist art, she was not formally affiliated with a particular artistic movement.

This biography is from Wikipedia under an Attribution-ShareAlike Creative Commons License.

“Louise Bourgeois was a significant artist of the last 50 years,” Schnitzer said. “She burst through a lot of glass ceilings.” – East Oregonian


The Friday Film – Beetlejuice (1988)

The film Beetlejuice is the home to everyone’s favourite family, the Deetz clan. It’s high on my list of Tim Burton favourites. It was obviously a huge hit and you can even get Beetlejuice Lego!

I’ve watched the film so many times and it delights me with every viewing. The Day-O dinner scene is one of the greatest comedy moments in the history of film.

To my delight and after months of excruciating waiting, TT Games and Warner Bros. have finally graced us with the Beetlejuice Fun Pack, a box consisting of the ‘Ghost With the Most’ in the flesh, as it were, and one angry Sandworm. As far as the actual toys go, Beetlejuice (or Betelgeuse, to be more accurate) comes outfitted with his signature black-and-white striped suit, ectoplasmic green hair and slightly rotten face. Saturn’s Sandworm also looks surprisingly representative of its counterpart fictional character, only in block form. The wriggly monstrosity can also be remixed into a delightfully Spooky Spider as well as something every creaky manor absolutely needs in its broom closet—a Haunted Vacuum. I mean, how else are you supposed to suck up all those stray spirits? Forbes

There’s also a Beetlejuice stage musical planned! Surely there’s no one as good as Winona Ryder (Beetlejuice was responsible for her teenage fame, along with Edward Scissorhands) to play Lydia, but I’d definitely give it a chance. Keep your eyes peeled.

Only Tim Burtons second full-length feature, it also starred Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, and Catherine O’Hara. Beetlejuice quickly became a pop culture phenomena and most recently has been brought to life as part of a pop-up themed bar, Beetle House, in Los Angeles. – Forbes


The Friday Film: Peeping Tom

This week’s Friday film is Michael Powell’s Peeping Tom. Protagonist Mark is subjected to constant surveillance by his father as a child under the guise of scientific research. This unusual upbringing results in Mark becoming the ultimate voyeur in adulthood. Working in a film studio by day, he captures scenes which are far more sinister in his free time. Mark films the murders of young women.

All this filming isn’t healthy. – Mrs Stephens, Peeping Tom

Causing anger on its release in 1960, this film is now a much loved classic. Film buffs will notice that this was also the year that Psycho was released and indeed, the two films have been compared many times. Personally, I think that Peeping Tom is a far superior film. It manages to get under your skin and is truly disturbing whilst remaining entertaining throughout.

It’s a long time since a film disgusted me as much as Peeping Tom. – C.A. Lejeune for The Observer

HOLLYWOOD—I recently revisited a classic in the cinematic universe that not many people are aware of. It’s a film that was quite controversial when it was released in 1960, and it preceded what many consider to be the movie that ignited the horror genre, “Psycho.”… The one thing I can say about “Peeping Tom” and many horror flicks before the 1970s is that blood was very tame to say the least. – Canyon News


Mark Lewis is a focus puller in a film studio. Severely disturbed as a result of his abusive and manipulative psychologist father, he is gripped by an obsessive voyeurism that leads him to murder. – BFI Screenonline

Director Michael Powell
Production Company Michael Powell (Theatre)
Screenplay and original story Leo Marks
Cinematography Otto Heller
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The Friday Film – In The Ocean

This week’s film is In The Ocean – A Film About The Classical Avant Garde.