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Americans Pretending To Be British
By Fraser McAlpine | Posted on May 8th, 2012
You know how this feature works. I pick an example of someone either trying a British accent or developing a snooty faux-English attitude, throw a few snarky lines around, giggle a bit and we all get on with our lives.
By Fraser McAlpine | Posted on May 1st, 2012
Or Mrs Doubtful, as Scottish people have dubbed her. I mean who is this woman? Where is she from?
By Fraser McAlpine | Posted on April 24th, 2012
The producers of the 1998 Disney remake of The Parent Trap must have been terrified when they first started casting for a child actress who could pull off a decent English accent, especially knowing she would have to play against ...
By Fraser McAlpine | Posted on April 17th, 2012
Always a hilarious bit of business for an American sit-com. If your character has nothing better to do, why not engineer a MacGuffin (incidentally, what is the verb involved with the creation of MacGuffin, do you suppose?
By Fraser McAlpine | Posted on April 10th, 2012
Here’s a curious thing. For someone with a decent intimate working knowledge of both the upper-crust English accent and the accents of North-Eastern America, Gillian Anderson appears to have little or no control over which one ...
By Fraser McAlpine | Posted on April 3rd, 2012
Ah, stand-up comedy, how I love you. Where else can you bear witness to someone attempting to describe an idea no one even knew they thought, or express political thought in a puckish and teasing fashion, or to admit to an embarrassing ...
By Fraser McAlpine | Posted on March 27th, 2012
For reasons which are probably caught up in the 1970s and hedonism and Led Zeppelin and all that stuff, whenever Hollywood thinks about the classic rock star, it’ll be a cadaverous British guy, in black leathers, behaving like a ...
By Fraser McAlpine | Posted on March 20th, 2012
Spike Lee is quite a film-maker, is he not? Capable of stirring powerful emotions, capturing simmering tensions within communities and generally nailing the grit, spit and gittishness of city life.
By Fraser McAlpine | Posted on March 13th, 2012
Have you heard about this great lost cartoon band from the ’60s? They were called the Beatles, right, and they had some amazing songs.
By Fraser McAlpine | Posted on March 6th, 2012
Every high school has one: the student who loves old books and Brief Encounter, the bookish prig with the cut-glass accent who considers him or herself to be a cut above everyone else. The slightly pompous loner with the withering stare ...