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It’s been a while…

…. probably because 2017 held very few outstanding moments in film for me. Am I not looking hard enough? Am I distracted? Sally Potter’s THE PARTY was acerbic and arresting but pretty minor and as 2018 begins it’s clear we … Continue reading

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Jackie

The monumental shock and dislocation of Jackie’s loss. An utterly believable and engaging car ride from hell. An evocation of this woman’s horror from first to last frame. Clear, empathetic, penetrating. Great music, editing, directing, design, costume, hair and make-up, … Continue reading

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Solaris revisited

Watching this beloved film again at the Rio this evening, it’s like rummaging through my own half remembered past. The wondrously cheap sets, bits of crockery, string and old wire only enhance the sense that the battles of the future … Continue reading

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Solaris (1972)

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Jungle Book

For me this is a father and son thing: my Dad took me to see the first Disney version when I was a kid and last night I took Dovid to see the 2016 remake. We bathed in the warmth … Continue reading

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VICTORIA 

If only the fact that there are no edits made up for the even bigger fact that we’re watching a bunch of idiots running round Berlin in two hours twenty minutes real time. Call me very old fashioned, but a … Continue reading

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The Hateful Eight

An exercise in sheer pointlessness.

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The Revenant

The utter domination of the male gaze over Hollywood. This film is a convulsion of violence embedded in great natural beauty and accurately portrays the birth of a nation. The great struggle for money, life and space is played out … Continue reading

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Steve Jobs

Lazy thought that saves me burbling : I agree verbatim with Peter Bradshaw’s review in The Grauniad, even though I despair of their copy editors: Levis will NEVER have an apostrophe. My one caveat is that this is still a … Continue reading

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Brooklyn 

Don’t see it for the yards of extras, frocks, endless 50s vehicles chugging through frame. See it for the way we linger on Saoirse Ronan’s face, exploring the meanings, depths and dilemmas between the lines. A terrific film which does … Continue reading

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