Category Archives: Film

History, Mythology And All Other Destinations #film #review #Aladdin

Never go back, they say. Don’t re-read that favourite book, or visit your old home. It’ll be disappointing. It goes for film, of course. Not all but quite a few to make the cliche work for its living, at the … Continue reading

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Climate Of Opinions #womanatwar #filmreview

There’s a point in the film, Woman At War where the heroine, a formidable Icelandic environmental warrior, Halla, is bombarded by the adverse public opinions that her economic terrorism generates. It’s visceral and hurtful and managed by government spin but … Continue reading

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Feelgood, Think Slow #filmreview #fishermansfriend

When the Life of Brian first came out it was accompanied by a cartoon short from Terry Gilliam’s stable and a mickey take of the Travelogue genre that, but for John Cleese voicing the commentary, felt like the sort of … Continue reading

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All I Never Wanted To Know About Wrestling #filmreview #fightingwithmyfamily

Many moons ago, when the Lawyer was seven or so he took a shine to wrestling. Not the black and white, saggy pants variety that ITV showed on a  Saturday afternoon involving luminaries such as Mick McManus and Giant Haystacks. … Continue reading

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The Language Of Cliches #filmreview #greenbook

I struggle with language. The correct forms of address. The other day, for instance, I was chided over using ‘blackboard’ and not ‘chalkboard’. I suppose there’s now a derivative for ‘white board’ though it wasn’t mentioned. But I try to … Continue reading

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Guilty v Forgiveness – It Depends #filmreview #canyoueverforgiveme?

There are stories you know well that get remade countless times on screen – D-Day, for instance – and which are inevitably based on character development, on finding an angle to explore. Often these get bogged down in their own … Continue reading

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Being Dick #filmreview #vice

When it came to politics my old man and I didn’t agree on a lot: getting rid of the death penalty was a good thing; voting on party lines was morally vacuous; and beware conviction politicians because they will inevitably … Continue reading

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