This is an odd idea for a project: ‘Let’s see how the financial crisis of 2008 affected people of extreme wealth’. The Siegels are not your ordinary family. David Siegel is a billionaire who owns Westgate Resorts, the biggest privately owned timeshare real estate company in the world, which David plans to expand in Las… Continue reading Queen of Versailles 2012: Economic Tragedy as Farce
Within two days of each other both HMV and Blockbuster announced that they were going into administration. Now, I don’t mean to be flippant but when we are constantly told that the cinema is dying and we have both the U.K’s major physical retail outlet for media (not just films but music and games) and… Continue reading The Collapse of HMV and Blockbuster or, The Destruction of Cinephilia.
So it is that time of year (again) where we must pay more attention than is required or deserved, more attention than usual, to the self-congratulatory fashion parade that is the Academy Awards. I have communicated my feelings on the awards before* and explained what they really exist for, but every year it seems that… Continue reading A note on the 2013 Oscar noms