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The best films ever made

I’ve been looking at lists of best films again. As before, I noticed how unsatisfactory they are, with no criteria for selection given, and some strange titles both omitted and … Continue reading

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Sunday, 27 January, 2013 · Leave a comment

Favourite American Cinema

This list combines a number of accepted cinema classics with quite a few films of the 30s and 40s I feel are under-appreciated: this was, it is generally admitted, the … Continue reading

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Friday, 24 July, 2009 · Leave a comment

Singers: the best sellers

Best selling recording artists – not the best, nor the most influential, nor the ones you like. Here are the best sellers, ever. The oldies had a smaller fan base, … Continue reading

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Thursday, 9 July, 2009 · Leave a comment

The good books

Personal culture is, well, personal, so a list of writers who have been most important to me in my 50 years of reading may well not resonate with anyone else. … Continue reading

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Tuesday, 7 July, 2009 · 1 Comment

Documentary film: my picks

THE BEST documentary film has all the qualities we appreciate in feature films: drama, excitement, suspense and a vivid appeal to our imagination. Films that content themselves merely with imparting … Continue reading

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Wednesday, 1 July, 2009 · 1 Comment

Recommendations in Asian cinema

This is a survey of Asian cinema I have enjoyed. The emphasis is on drama, not on martial arts or special effects (the staple of cinema all over the world) … Continue reading

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Tuesday, 30 June, 2009 · Leave a comment