Category Archives: Films

Funny Cow

Dir Adrian Shergold, with Maxine Peake, Paddy Considine and Tony Pitts A film about a female northern comic in the 1970s that wasn’t condescending or sentimental. The narrowness and joylessness of that kind of life was full-on, undercut with some … Continue reading

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City of God (2002)

Dir Fernando Meirelles This was May’s mystery film. I was tempted not to stay – I was pretty sure I’d already seen it, and gangsters in a Rio favela are not really my thing. But I stayed and admired it … Continue reading

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The Princess Bride (1987)

Dir: Rob Reiner, with Cary Elwes and Robin Wright Like The Damned United, this wasn’t something I would have chosen for myself, but I’d bought a ticket for this month’s mystery film and had to give it a go. And … Continue reading

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Sunset Boulevard (1950)

Dir: Billy Wilder, with Gloria Swanson and William Holden Probably the third time I’ve seen this film, and I still found plenty to enjoy. This time round, I focussed on the vast gap between the Hollywood of silent films and … Continue reading

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L’Eclisse (1961)

Dir: Michelangelo Antonioni, with Monica Vitti and Alain Delon (DVD) The third time I’ve seen this film. It’s both particular – the alienation of the Italian bourgeoisie in a fast-changing world gives it distance – and somehow universal through Vitti’s … Continue reading

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Phantom Thread

Dir: Paul Thomas Anderson, with Daniel Day-Lewis, Vicky Krieps and Lesley Manville Great title, and a beautiful-looking film. Day-Lewis is an incredibly fastidious, self-centred couturier and Krieps is a much younger waitress whom he moulds into his muse. The film … Continue reading

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The Post

Dir: Steven Spielberg, with Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks A thoroughly good, well-acted, inspiring film. Sometimes the axe-grinding was a little too loud, but what’s not to like these days about a film that presents in so attractive a light … Continue reading

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