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The art of keeping up and failing

It ill bodes anyone who ventures to predict the future – I’ll put my hand up straight away to having totally failed to foresee the way things might go when mobile phones and the internet first appeared in the 1970s/1980s – so you’ll excuse me for taking a deep breath before beginning [...]

March 9, 2018 // 0 Comments

A nod to ploughing your own furrow

It’s Oscar time this weekend – the awards season is coming to its annual close – and in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein eruption, the #MeToo, the Times Up movement and general Western World angst over sexist and/or power-abusive behaviour of any kind – the entertainment industry, and [...]

March 3, 2018 // 0 Comments

and the Academy Award goes to….Paul Gambaccini

I am often critical of “film reviewers” who showboat their egos or supposed wit -the two Rosses, Jonathan and Deborah, are the worst examples – but do not understand the grammar of cinema. I would exclude Paul Gambaccini who presents a show on radio 4 on Saturday mornings around [...]

March 2, 2018 // 0 Comments

Joan Collins on current cinema

Along with The National Rust, my magazines of choice are The Week and The Spectator.  I like the former for its balance, 3/4 views on every topic and its scope – covering politics, the arts, travel, sport and business. I do not always chime with the High Toryism of The Spectator [...]

February 16, 2018 // 0 Comments

Phantom Thread

Ten minutes into this film I was truck by its similarity to a much better film Rebecca. There is the same three-way power struggle, the taking of a young awkward woman in servile employment into a house where she is made unwelcome and the debonair but unreliable Reynolds Woodcock resembles Maxim [...]

February 7, 2018 // 0 Comments

Churchill ( again)

Yesterday when I did the morning supermarket shop and was looking for the over-priced ink cartridges for my printer, I passed the DVDs displayed which only reminded me how disconnected I am from modern cinema. However I saw a DVD of Churchill – starring Brian Cox and Miranda Richardson [...]

January 31, 2018 // 0 Comments

The Darkest Hour

I came to this film late and was determined neither to be influenced by the favourable reviews nor the more negative critique of this  organ and several friends. The one scene that the latter did not like was that of Churchill on a tube. I liked the scene and would say it was pivotal to the film. [...]

January 30, 2018 // 0 Comments

View from the future

It’s always interesting to see a film set in the past but also produced in a different time as it tells you about both epochs. With this in mind I revisited this week Oh What a Lovely War! (1969)  and The Day of the Jackal (1973). Although no expert like Henry Elkins I am confident in [...]

January 25, 2018 // 0 Comments

Veteran film stars

In the week I had lunch with a film buff who spoke highly of  All The Money In The World and in particular  of Christopher Plummer who, aged 88, turned out a stellar performance. The interesting thing about Christopher Plummer is that he is best known for Fritz von Trapp in The Sound of [...]

January 20, 2018 // 0 Comments

Not nearly as good as the advance media verdicts would have it

Being an admirer of Winston Churchill – for all his faults, regarded by some who should know enough to judge these things as one of the all-time greatest Englishmen – and having listened to the media jungle drums over the past month or two, I had made a decision earlier this week to break the [...]

January 14, 2018 // 0 Comments

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