Category Archives: Film

Film Review ~ Paddington 2 (Hugh Grant and All Star cast)

This is a wonderful family film. When I went there were a few children but a significant number of adults who were thoroughly enjoying the experience. Insofar as there is a storyline it’s puerile and it doesn’t matter one little … Continue reading

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Film Review ~ Call me by your name (Armie Hammer and Timothee Chalamet)

Call me by your name is an outstanding coming-of-age film of a gay adolescent. Elio (Timothee Chalamet) is a teenage high-flyer. Multi-lingual and with outstanding skills in music he has a hot-house life with exceptionally talented people. His American father … Continue reading

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Kevin Spacey isn’t as pure as driven snow: So what?

In November 2017 Kevin Spacey has been accused of low level sexual predation* in London and the USA. He doesn’t appear to be denying the offences and he’s suffered enormous reputational and financial damage. His masterly series House of Cards … Continue reading

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Hollywood films in China

Hollywood executives can rattle off the rules for getting a movie approved by Chinese censors: no sex (too unseemly); no ghosts (too spiritual). Among 10 prohibited plot elements are “disrupts the social order” and “jeopardizes social morality.” Time travel is … Continue reading

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Film Review ~ The Graduate (Anne Bancroft and Dustin Hoffman)

The Graduate was re-released in Summer 2017, which is a tremendous accolade. But was that an act of homage or is it a great film? Anne Bancroft as Mrs Robinson is wonderful. From the very first scene when Benjamin (Hoffman) … Continue reading

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Film Review ~ The Death of Stalin (Steve Buscemi and Simon Russell Beale)

The court of Stalin was populated with cringing, bullying, mediocre psychopaths. Psychopath-in-chief Beria (Simon Russell Beale) moves from a boozy, jocular meeting with Stalin straight to the torture chambers of ‘his’ prison. Throughout the film he jokes about torture. Lists … Continue reading

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Film Review ~ In The Heat Of The Night (Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger)

The iconic 1967 Civil Rights film In the Heat of the Night when viewed fifty years later appears unsubtle. It has sledgehammer scenes triple underlining the insanity of racism and the general third world nature of the Deep South. There … Continue reading

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