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The Post – Steven Spielberg

Tweet    The Post – Steven Spielberg The Post is good; occasionally very good and well worth seeing. That it does not live up to the hyperbole of its promotion is due to many factors; not least Steven Spielberg himself. Spielberg is unsurpassed as a storyteller especially of adventure and action narratives. He is […]

Molly’s Game – Aaron Sorkin

Tweet  Molly’s Game – Aaron Sorkin Aaron Sorkin doesn’t so much write dialogue, as compose it.  He hears music in the rhythms and patterns of our speech and with it fashions scenes, dialogue and the occasional ‘solo’ monologue with all the care of a composer with a clear sense of not just narrative intent […]

Battle of The Sexes – Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris

Tweet   Battle of The Sexes – Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris In my lifetime the presumed sexual hegemony of heterosexual relationships has first been questioned, then doubted, undermined and finally fragmented to the point where gradually we are beginning to embrace the idea that individual, personal human relationships should be valued by the […]

Star Wars – The Last Jedi

Tweet   Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi: Rian Johnston George Lucas is the Michael Palin of movie producers. No matter how many times we poke and prod the Star Wars franchise and beat it mercilessly on a hard critical surface producing not a glimmer of life; nothing will persuade him, like […]

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri – Martin Mcdonagh

Tweet Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri – Martin McDonagh Some movies wear their pitch on their sleeves.  This movie is technically first class: writing, direction, cinematography, even the occasional evocative country music insert – all work well to create a sharp, black, ironic and at times scabrously funny film. However, McDonah, unlike his previous […]

Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool – Paul McGuigan

Tweet    Film stars Don’t Die In Liverpool – Paul McGuigan There is a brief scene late on in this film that lifts it above what had thus far been a simple touching and poignant if unlikely, age-gap romance between Oscar-winning Hollywood actress Gloria Grahame (Annette Bening) and young scouse actor Peter Turner (Jamie […]

Our Last Tango – German Kral

TweetLAST TANGO – GERMAN KRAL Love doesn’t make the world go round: desire does. Love is a state of being; desire a life force that sustains it. Transcending both is passion: love and desire conjoined to create a power that can both enhance and even threaten life itself. The extraordinary Maria Nieves Rego is passion […]

The Revenant – Alejandro González Iñárritu

Tweet   The Revenant – Alejandro González Iñárritu Verisimilitude is not Art. The universal critical acclaim The Revenant is attracting, reflected by its 12 Oscar nominations is surpassed in absurdity only by the bewildering 10 nominations for Mad Max – Fury Road. That is beyond parody. The Revenant, if successful on the night will be […]

45 Years – Andrew Haig Patronising, Depressing Stereotypes

Tweet      45 Years – Andrew Haig  (Beware – semi-spoiler alert) “I think it needs a new ballcock”.  If there is a film that can survive giving space to this deathless line – 45 Years isn’t it.  In one if their periodic moments of collective lunacy, UK critics have unanimously awarded 5 stars […]

DOMINION – Poem Sousse

Tweet   DOMINION It is time, in all conscience Human conscience Not to pray. In God’s name deny Next world promises Man-made toxic lethal lies Of a Man-imagined paradise Heaven’s rivers in spate with hate run red with human blood Murderous metaphysics multiply Myriad-worded menus Without a scrap of food And blood for wine Sustain […]

Jurassic World – email to BBFC 26th June 2015

Tweet   Email to British Board of Film Censors – 26th June 2015 JURASSIC WORLD  –  Colin Trevorrow I have just watched a performance of this film in a crowded cinema at Cineworld Stevenage. I see around 3/4 movies a week and have written over 400 reviews at my blog and posted to the […]

Mr Turner – Mike Leigh Over-rated, over-praised

Tweet       Mr Turner – Mike Leigh Probably the most over-praised, over-rated film of the year. Despite a languidly and tediously long-drawn out 150 minutes, Mike Leigh manages virtually no insights, no illumination of Turner the artist or his Art. A clunking, almost unplayably self-conscious ‘literary’ script serves a misconceived effort to ‘recreate’ […]

Lord Melvyn Bragg – Q & A at Curzon for Sky Arts South Bank Originals

Tweet     Lord Melvyn Bragg – Q & A at Curzon for Sky Arts South Bank Originals We are used to hearing Melvyn, Lord Bragg, interviewing others. Over the 50 years or more of his presence on our screens and airwaves he has informed, educated, entertained and at times enthralled us by sharing the […]

Poem – ‘I’

Tweet    ‘I’ I am happy – and sad sometimes good and yes, sometimes bad I am who I am but have a duty to he who I might be I am tethered – yet free I am me I am loved – and love know unrest – but am still blessed I am curious […]

Another Spring – Poem

Tweet    Another Spring Age is like a non-returning Spring full of passion that will not be satisfied full of hope that will not be fulfilled full of love that will not be returned full of life that will not be survived And full of longing for another Summer, Autumn, Winter and yes, oh yes […]

The Amazing Spiderman 2 – second rate computer game without the interactivity

Tweet      The Amazing Spiderman 2 – Marc Webb   Dramatic tension, suspense depends on imperilment, uncertainty of outcomes. The flaw in the super-hero genre which this Spiderman suffers from more than most, is that because the impossible can be convincingly depicted, outcomes are either certain, therefore predictable; or unconvincingly plotted to tidy up […]

Thoughts On A Son’s 30th Birthday

Tweet    Thoughts On A Son’s 30th Birthday Our children are the best of us as theirs one day will be too their task is to surpass us ours to love them when they do Like sparks, then embers, adrift in a darkling sky we blaze, and burn, then glow a flame of life and […]

Pete Seeger: 1919 – 2014 RIP

Tweet      If I had a hammer Where Have all the flowers gone? We Shall Overcome   Pete Seeger A fine soul passed today returning to the earth he loved and graced He hammered out freedom He hammered out justice no guns just roses this gentle gentleman embraced We are the better for his […]

Philomena – Stephen Frears – Touching, moving – but where’s the anger?

Tweet    Philomena – Stephen Frears The real Philomena Lee was in the audience with her family when I saw this at the wonderful Rex Cinema in Berkhamsted. She took part in a question and answer session after the showing. She revealed herself to be intelligent, articulate, perceptive and wise. These qualities perhaps developed by […]

Blue Is The Warmest Colour – Over-hyped, over-long and under-sexed

Tweet  Blue Is The Warmest Colour – Abdellatif Kechiche Filming fictional sex is very much like filming fictional sport. It doesn’t work – because it is a contradiction in spirit. Nothing planned and scripted can ever, by definition, capture the immediacy of the drama of sport in which the unpredictability of outcome is the very [...]

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