Posts Tagged ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’

Don’t Be Bored: Another Take on Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

How do you top 1979’s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, the highly regarded BBC miniseries that wasted not one of its 290 minutes? Tomas Alfredson, the Swedish director behind the cutesy/creepy cult vampire flick Let the Right One In, was handed the unenviable job of condensing this sprawling espionage story, based on John le Carré’s 1974 novel, to [...]

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Some Final Thoughts

One of the many delightful things about the world of John le Carré’s fiction is that his superspies often resemble the nattering members of some great English department. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, for example, is mainly about a tubby and washed-up former spy who learns a great deal about the secret service by reading old files in the Hotel Islay. In the ‘60s and ‘70s, this approach was a conscious reaction to the fictional offerings of Ian Fleming; John le Carré wouldn’t be caught dead in a trick tuxedo, and neither would George Smiley.

Don’t Be Bored: On Weed Rappers

One way to get people to listen to your lyrics: Rap about weed, to the point where people call you a “weed rapper.” Then, if somebody asks if you mind being a called a weed rapper, note that your songs cover many topics, not just weed. The mild controversy will make you seem rounded, and [...]