Australia

Osama doesn’t matter any more

28 January 2006 12:00 am

Mark Steyn says that only Democrats and Europeans will be fooled by the offer of a truce from the ‘exiled Saudi dissident’

Beyond good and evil

28 January 2006 12:00 am

Twenty years ago George Jonas wrote a book called Vengeance, about the targeted assassinations of various murky Arab figures that…

Meet the moppets

21 January 2006 12:00 am

Years ago a movie buff pal said to me he couldn’t understand why I liked the theatre. ‘A great show…

Bleak portrait

14 January 2006 12:00 am

‘You know I ain’t queer,’ Ennis Del Mar says to Jack Twist. ‘Me neither,’ says Jack. Then they get back…

‘Asians don’t hug’

10 December 2005 12:00 am

Eric Ellis on the background to the hanging in Singapore last week of an Australian drug-dealer

I back Black

26 November 2005 12:00 am

Mark Steyn says that Conrad Black will beat the rap — provided he gets a fair trial

Missing Magic

26 November 2005 12:00 am

Formula gets a bum rap from critics, but I’m rather partial to it myself. In the Bond movies, it’s pretty…

Out of step

5 November 2005 12:00 am

‘The motto of the British Air Force Special Services,’ announces Orlando Bloom, ‘is, “Those who risk, win”.’ Close enough, I…

Fantasy land

22 October 2005 12:00 am

Hollywood’s two biggest animated features of the month both take place in England, or ‘England’ — in the case of…

Spaced out

8 October 2005 12:00 am

Joss Whedon is believed to be the first ever third-generation TV writer. In the Fifties, his grampa John Whedon wrote…

Tame at heart

23 July 2005 12:00 am

In my neck of the woods, Madagascar was the first drive-in movie of the summer. Me’n’the kids clambered on to…

The ultimate movie pro

16 July 2005 12:00 am

I happen to be writing this on board ship, in a little café, at a table by the window, with…

Un-American activities

9 July 2005 12:00 am

Mark Steyn says that the plans for Ground Zero are a wimp-out and a betrayal of Western values

Back to basics

25 June 2005 12:00 am

Every culture creates heroes in its own image: it’s difficult to imagine transferring the British adventurers — Rudolf Rassendyll and…

Marital stress

18 June 2005 12:00 am

We Don’t Live Here Anymore is very faithfully adapted from a couple of Andre Dubus novellas I read a long…

Slow lane

11 June 2005 12:00 am

I love Australia, and I used to love Australian movies. But a certain stiffness seems to have set in. Swimming…

Feel the farce

28 May 2005 12:00 am

Vengeance is mine, saith the Sith, whith thoundth like Violet Elizabeth Bott. No such luck. Instead, it’s George Lucas, with…

Remembering John Mills

30 April 2005 12:00 am

The Mills family, according to David Thomson, has ‘crowded us out with insipid, tennis-club talent’, which is a cruel verdict,…

Chemistry desert

16 April 2005 12:00 am

Until James Bond came along in the Sixties, the most successful movie series to date had been the Road pictures…

Too much sand

12 March 2005 12:00 am

The Flight of the Phoenix rises from the ashes. Remember the original? James Stewart, Richard Attenborough, Ernest Borgnine, Peter Finch,…

Bush means business

29 January 2005 12:00 am

It was a grand inaugural speech, says Mark Steyn. By the time the President leaves office four more dictatorships will have gone

Romantic quest

22 January 2005 12:00 am

In John Buchan’s The Three Hostages, Dr Greenslade explains his theory of successful thriller writing to Richard Hannay: ‘Let us…

Wishful thinking

15 January 2005 12:00 am

The first thing to be said is that, if you object to swearing, copious fecal matter and vigorously inventive explicit…

History mystery

1 January 2005 12:00 am

I always like it when some fellow has a kid late in life and two centuries later you wind up…

In praise of ‘Jesusland’

18 December 2004 12:00 am

Whatever their faults, says Mark Steyn, America’s Christian fundamentalists are a lot smarter than Eutopian secularists