Category Archives: Review

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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Book Review: Mark Billingham ~ Love Like Blood

Detective Inspector (DI) thriller novels follow a predictable path. Firstly there is a hideous murder, then a maverick brilliant dysfunctional DI wades in, followed by a denouement. So far so predictable. So why are they so popular? Apart from the … 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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Book review: Timur Vermes ~ Look Who’s Back (Translated by Jamie Bulloch)

A satire about Adolf Hitler, by a German, breaks new ground. Vermes brings Hitler back to 21st century Germany, as though the previous 70 years had never happened. Hitler retains his oratorical abilities. His rhetoric makes him an attractive showbiz … 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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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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Book Review: John le Carre ~ A Legacy of Spies

With unhappy memories of dinosaur rock bands trading on their illustrious past, I wondered if this was a literary version. ‘Is it possible that Smiley et al can be successfully mined?’ was a nagging thought before I opened the book. … Continue reading

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