Category Archives: Films

Der Müde Tod (1921)

Dir: Fritz Lang, with Lil Dagover and Bernhard Goetzke This film gave you a sense of the creative range that early filmmakers must have sensed in the still-new medium. Nowadays cinema has largely solidified into realism and genres, but this … Continue reading

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Mindhorn

Dir: Sean Foley, with Julian Barratt It made me laugh out loud. A cheesy TV detective from the days when they all had to have a gimmick gets involved in a real-life case many years later. It’s a bit derivative, … Continue reading

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Lady Macbeth

Dir: William Oldroyd, with Florence Pugh and Naomi Ackie The setting is somewhere on the Catherine Cookson/Wuthering Heights axis and the plot requires indulgence, but I didn’t care because it was so well filmed and directed. Katherine opens the film … Continue reading

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Their Finest

Dir: Lone Scherfig, with Gemma Arterton and Bill Nighy A film set in WWII about making a morale-boosting film of the retreat from Dunkirk. Judging from the rest of the audience in the cinema, it’s a big hit with the … Continue reading

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Get Out

Dir: Jordan Peele, with Daniel Kaluuya This started so well: African-American man is taken by his white girlfriend to meet her family somewhere at the back of beyond. In the city Chris knows the territory and the codes; if he … Continue reading

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The Salesman

Dir: Asghar Farhadi An Iranian film that left me wondering if my take on it was a mistake. A teacher and his wife; the foundations of their apartment block are undermined (metaphor alert!) and they are forced to find a … Continue reading

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Free Fire

Dir: Ben Wheatley, with Cillian Murphy and Brie Larson Foul-mouthed and very bloody, but fun. Was there a plot? Something about IRA men buying guns in a disused factory that quickly deteriorated into a chaotic shoot-out. Basically it was adrenaline-fuelled … Continue reading

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