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Headhunters (2011)

I participated in a list of non-English speaking movies and my Scandinavian contribution was Force Majeure, a Swedish drama that begins in a ski resort which  a rich young family visit. An avalanche descends and the wife decides that her husband’s main concern is to save his skin. This gnaws [...]

June 3, 2020 // 0 Comments

Dunkirk (1958)

I watched this film yesterday.  Although a traditional war movie in terms of cast, you can see it was made 18 years after the event as, especially at the beginning, there was much and merited criticism of the hapless British military initiative resulting in the rescue of  some  338,000 of the [...]

June 1, 2020 // 0 Comments

In Order of Disappearance (2014)

This is a Norwegian film reflecting Skandi noir at its best and most gory. The story is relatively simple. A noble citizen Nils Dickman (Stellan Skarsgard), who clears the snow with his snow plough , receiving a civic award for his work ,  has his son shot as he is mistakenly assumed to have [...]

May 30, 2020 // 0 Comments

Lust, Caution

Ang Lee is now an international director of renown ( Brokeback Mounatin) but the Taiwan cineaste  plied his trade with Far Eastern movies which I prefer to his more commercial works like Hidden Tiger, Crouching Tiger . One such I watched for the third time yesterday, namely Lust, Caution. Some [...]

May 23, 2020 // 0 Comments

Bill Naughton

I  was asked to submit films to a list based on the theme of “As good as or better than the book on which it was based”. One of my submissions Alfie was correctly rejected as it began life not as a novel but a BBC radio play. I should have known this as the writer Bill Naughton was a [...]

May 20, 2020 // 0 Comments

Peter Sellers

I have three none too proximate connections with Peter Sellers. My late father was once on a plane with Peter Sellers, a fellow passenger going to the South of France, when he experienced cardiac problems. My father did his best to tend to him but he was  none too impressed by celebrities as [...]

May 11, 2020 // 0 Comments

Bombon el Perro/Bombon the dog 2004

This is an Argentinian film about a mechanic (Juan Villegas) who loses his job as a mechanic and drifts round Patagonia to find a new one. In the course of various short term jobs he accepts a large white guard dog who turns out to be pure bred. An accountant in a bank he is visiting to cash a [...]

May 5, 2020 // 0 Comments

NOTORIOUS (1946)

I am sure that I have seen this Hitchcock/Selznick production starring Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman before but it was sufficiently long ago that I did not recall much of the plot. It was showing on the excellent Talking Picture channel. Ingrid Bergman plays the daughter of a Nazi convicted in a [...]

April 30, 2020 // 0 Comments

Something for the weekend?

The American pianist and entertainer Liberace (1919-1987) was famous for … well … er … apart from being Liberace, making a spectacle of himself and being a showy but – many highbrow critics alleged – pretty average to useless piano player and an increasing butt of [...]

April 24, 2020 // 0 Comments

Who Do You Think I Am?

This is the latest Juliette Binoche film set in social media and the fantasy relationships it can generate. Juliette Binoche plays Clare Milaud, a fifty something professor of French literature. After her husband leaves her for a younger woman and her lover Ludo rejects her, she tries a new [...]

April 20, 2020 // 0 Comments

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