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contains mild spoilers for the film and for the tv show dollhouse

Demons of the mind

This is the last part of a brief exploration of three films starring Paul Jones, ex-vocalist of the pop group Manfred Mann.

The film is a period set horror exploring the minds and lives of the troubled Zorn family ruled tyrannically by Robert Hardy whose terror of a supposed inherited madness leads him to imprison and mistreat the children he believes may be in its thrall. 

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The second of the three films starring Paul Jones is as equally obscure and, in its way, just as disturbing as his debut feature Privilege. It is a comparatively minor key role but, for my money, a superior piece of acting. With the music performed by Pink Floyd and Arthur Brown, Jones is free to focus on delivering a fully rounded character role – and one with plenty to say.


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The World that Jones Made: 

Part one:

In the early 1960s Paul Jones was the singer with Manfred Mann singing on hits such as – 54321, Pretty Flamingo etc. Quitting the band in 1966 Jones conducted a brief foray into films before settling into a comfortable seeming groove with his own Blues Band, radio spots and reborn Christianity (of which more later).

As an actor he comes across as a little pallid and unassuming – but believable enough in the roles he took, roles that conversely were in at least three very difficult ‘outside’ productions. Obscure for many years, these films are finally available on official DVD releases. Films such as The Committee, with its Pink Floyd soundtrack and maverick cameo by Arthur Brown and a script by a professor from the London School of Economics  (then a ‘revolutionary’ hotbed and the very antithesis of what it is today).

The director of that film was a young buck called Peter Sykes and he cast Jones again in his film Demons of the Mind, a late Hammer horror film of unusual thematic complexity (written by the late Christopher Wicking) and visual assurance.

Jones made his debut in 1967 with Privilege ostensibly a typical rise and fall of the pop star saga but actually a strange, controversial and prophetic narrative from Peter Watkins whose previous film The War Game, (now critically feted of course) had been banned by the perennially gutless BBC.  In fact the film that Privilege most closely resembles is one upon which it was clearly a major influence, Alan Parker’s Pink Floyd movie The Wall.
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How many films about the Beatles does the world need?

The band split 40 years ago and Lennon himself died 20 years back and yet, what with Paul McCartney's touring theme-park of concerts, the never ending repackaging of material (Let it Be Naked, Love, One ad infinitum) and the steady flow of dramas and documentaries, it's as if they never went away.

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And a farewell to Francais, Franglais, Denglish - call it what you will...

i have been stumbling onto some interesting material recently, just following my interest in language and music.

Anyone that knows me well will be aware of my fascination with language (i have a profound love/hate relationship with Semiology*!) and also with the work of Wittgenstein (blows kiss to Melissa) who posited that there could be no such thing as a private language.

Private language? Think Tina Turner singing; "I'm your Private -"

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More insomnia, more Rolling Stones, more much maligned Goats Head Soup and standing with a slack guitar in one hand and a cigarette in the other with my back to the speaker - can you hear the music? - and letting the heat build humid like the thick scented air from Montserrat - "We got a nice view of the sea didn't we?" glancing up from the grand piano.
"Yeah we did."
And the sun beating through the curtains, another sunny afternoon for the boys - this is a playground after all, just ask the war weary women peering through the yellow haze. "I think - I don't think - but I was - there, I think…" Amnesia as self defence - invisibility cuts both ways. Revenge comes from the ones already exiled – Marianne Faithfull who will make more important records than the Stones a few years down the line. Invisibility cuts.
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- and i guess you could call this motel music - the true feeling of the road is being lost in some place too small to have a name, just some place under the glower of humid clouds... and airless like;
"You wanna breathe get back in the motel god-dammit -"
"Got all the air we need in there, that's why they call this place the oxygen tent."
"Oh really?"
And the wired laughter of the band and their flunkies and their attitude and the nervous eyes of the man behind the counter. And maybe that's a cop lounging in the back there too...

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The X-Files : I Want to Believe

Report no. X.2/1 - Agent Croft Introductory remarks.

I want to believe.

A catch phrase found fading from a million rolled posters that hung from doors and walls throughout the 90s.
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Internet Jet lag - aka Net lag

 

This can happen – especially if (like me) you are a natural insomniac already.

 

The upside to realizing that you have sent your own body clock to another timezone

 

(apart from the fun you can have actually messing with time itself)

 

is feeling like you have travelled and visited ACTUAL PLACES (ooh!).

 

So, par example;

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