Category Archives: Films

Gumshoe (1971)

Dir Stephen Frears, with Albert Finney and Billie Whitelaw (DVD) Set in Liverpool, this film is the lovechild of The Maltese Falcon out of Billy Liar. Finney is Eddie Ginley, a bingo-caller with a penchant for imitating Humphrey Bogart. He … Continue reading

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Three billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

Written and directed by Martin McDonagh, with Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell Certainly a well-acted film, funny in parts, painfully truthful in others, but ultimately, to my mind, uneven in tone. It made me think of Calvary, which – I … Continue reading

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Suburbicon

Dir: George Clooney, with Julianne Moore and Matt Damon A very different film from Happy End, despite the common theme of intra-family killing. It was brightly coloured, expressive and satirical, with plenty of blood and not a few laughs. Despite … Continue reading

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Happy End

Dir: Michael Haneke, with Isabelle Huppert and Jean-Louis Trintignant Peak Haneke: the haughty bourgeoisie is just awful, and children are the canaries in the mine. Well, I can’t complain; I knew what I was letting myself in for. I didn’t … Continue reading

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Darling (1965)

Dir: John Schlesinger, with Julie Christie and Dirk Bogarde In Darling, Schlesinger moves away from Keith Waterhouse, Willis Hall and clever, working-class Northern lads and heads to upper-class London. In an episodic film, a beautiful, self-absorbed young woman in a vacuous … Continue reading

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The Sorcerer (1977)

Dir: William Friedkin, with Roy Scheider Having seen Clouzot’s The Wages of Fear recently, I was interested to see how this film would compare. Both are based on Georges Arnaud’s novel, and this one is possibly even bleaker than Clouzot’s. Differences: … Continue reading

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A Kind of Loving (1962)

Dir: John Schlesinger, with Alan Bates and June Ritchie (DVD) Another piece of northern kitchen sink drama by John Schlesinger with some of the same faces from Billy Liar (Leonard Rossiter, Helen Fraser). There are other overlaps: family life, the … Continue reading

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