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A touch of class

Some Hollywood comedies of the 1930s. Among my favourite films are the romantic comedies of 1930s Hollywood. A group of 12 of them I think of as among the greatest … Continue reading

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Monday, 8 February, 2016 · Leave a comment

Way to survival

In 1946 a remarkable British film was released. A Matter of Life and Death combined fantasy, romance and philosophy in a way only equalled ten years later by Ingmar Bergman. … Continue reading

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Wednesday, 20 January, 2016 · Leave a comment

Another look at Bladerunner

I’ve just watched Bladerunner again (the so called international theatrical release of 1982), one of my favourite films, and this is what I thought afterwards. One of the things that … Continue reading

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Monday, 31 August, 2015 · 4 Comments

Mike Leigh, super-realist

Like a lot of folk I enjoy people watching. I’ve met hundreds, as you do, and noticed the extremists: schizos who condescend then seem to lose all self confidence;  manic-deps … Continue reading

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Thursday, 11 June, 2015 · Leave a comment

The sixties

Where were you in the 1960s? If you were a baby, or still deciding to be born, it is a fascinating period to explore. The Sixties is a 2014 10-part … Continue reading

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Saturday, 11 April, 2015 · 4 Comments

John Lennon, saint or devil

I watched a documentary on John Lennon recently. It was called The Real John Lennon, and it was my original intention to review it here. I do so below. But … Continue reading

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Wednesday, 1 April, 2015 · 2 Comments

The emperor’s clothes

Do you know Hans Christian Andersen’s fable about the Emperor’s new clothes? It suggests we sometimes avoid the truth out of self interest or cowardice. Right now the Emperor seems … Continue reading

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Saturday, 21 February, 2015 · Leave a comment