Leigh Clark

Just a guy, writing stuff online, asking you to read it

Leigh Clark writes for his own blog Culturine which centres around cult film, literature, music and cult figures. After being the subject of a feature on BBC 6 Music, Leigh has gone on to freelance for a variety of film specific websites.

Interests include David Lynch, Los Angeles, Morrissey and dogs with a bad underbite. He abhors racism, bigotry, mushrooms and gifts from the cats. His views are fickle but almost always definitely right.

What I Talk About When I Talk About Transcendental Meditation

We're bombarded with information during our waking hours, and most of it is unsavoury, antagonistic and reactionary. By closing your eyes for twenty minutes, twice a day, with no distractions you'll find that the silence is a powerful way to filter out meaningless codswallop and a great way to help you think of new ideas and prioritise the things in life that really matter
05/10/2016 16:26 BST

A Top Ten List of the Best Films of 2015

Behind every sequel hungry, franchise captive in the picture house queue who's had to remortgage their house for a bag of stale popcorn, stands an overly critical cinephile with a yearning for something better and a secret bag of supermarket-bought peanut M&Ms in his pocket. This is a list for the latter.
15/12/2015 08:18 GMT

Film and TV Production Companies, Get Yer Sen to Hull!

With 2017 fast approaching, now is the time for you film and TV production companies to act, pull your socks up and provide us and the rest of the country/world with some original or adapted productions that commemorate our glorious, beloved city.
12/10/2015 14:22 BST

Hull: Not as Rank as It Could Be

Hull has finally and deservedly been recognised on a national level and is currently undergoing a much needed renaissance. It would be wonderful if Martin Green and the City of Culture team could take Rank's legacy one step further...
21/05/2015 10:14 BST

Save HBO's 'Looking': The Best TV Series You're Not Watching

Its second series ends this week and, as yet, there is no news of a third season being confirmed.<strong> Looking</strong> (Sky Atlantic, Thurs, 11.50pm) is not only entertaining and engrossing but it is the most revolutionary show currently on television, yet it seems hardly anyone is watching it. 
24/03/2015 14:49 GMT

A Top Ten List of the Best Films of 2014

Occasionally, beyond the ad campaigns, the merchandise and the arrogant multiplex, there is almost always something decent lurking quietly in the shadows. It is in these shadows (although, I may occasionally burst into Cineworld)  that I have compiled my annual top ten list of the best films of the year. The contenders  are based on quality, substance and ingenuity. 
17/12/2014 00:18 GMT

10 Alternative Rainy Day Films for Children

There has been a swift decrease in the quality of children's films over the years. It's something I have noticed both as a keen cinephile and as a concerned parent... With CGI claptrap, mindless sequels and remakes, the multiplex is packed with nonsense that calls itself children's cinema.
31/07/2014 17:05 BST

A Big Thank You to the Anti-Gay Critics of Disney's Frozen

THANK YOU for pointing out<strong> Frozen</strong>'s repressed lesbian allegory, because now my family and I can re-watch the award-winning film, and the many that came before it and consume them all from an enlightened fresh perspective. We can now enjoy Disney the gay way.
28/03/2014 16:35 GMT

A Top 10 List of the Best Films of 2013

I have compiled my very own top 10 list that's based on quality, quintessence and originality as well of course as entertainment. The following list is not recommended for people who refuse to watch films with subtitles because they 'can't read and watch a film at the same time' or for people who 'don't do' black and white.
31/12/2013 16:55 GMT

The Year of the Selfie - The Demise of Humankind

The inclusion of the word 'selfie' in the English Dictionary marks more than just the arrival of a new word, it marks the dawning of an unfortunate new era in narcissism. Einstein famously said, "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious." But he's a dead dude who didn't have an iPhone, let alone Snapchat.
04/12/2013 17:05 GMT

Back To School: A Parent's Guide to the Playground

I hate school. I'm 37 years old but have to go to school twice a day to take/collect my children. The playground contains my two least favourite things in the world en masse; parents and other people's children. 
01/09/2013 22:55 BST

How to Be Facebook Famous in 11 Simple Steps

Taking the bins out or feeding the cats is just a mundane duty to most of us, but we all know some people who do these everyday chores and receive wide recognition and rapturous applause. These people are Facebook Famous. They're the winners of the most competitive popularity contest on earth and every aspect of their life is so damn fantastic that it needs to be shared with their legions of adoring friends. But how the hell do these cocky little upstarts do it and how can you achieve similar glorification from your online acquaintances?
29/04/2013 17:42 BST

The Degeneration of Facebook in 10 Statuses

In the olden days, Facebook was a fun place to find out what old friends were were up to. A place to catch up with people you'd lost touch with and somewhere you would share a picture of your cute new kitten or your adorable puppy. Unfortunately, things changed...
09/04/2013 16:47 BST