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The Flowers of War (2011)

The “Flowers of War” (2011) takes Hollywood on at their own game. This Beijing-produced war epic throws together the visionary director behind “Hero” (2002) and “The House of Flying Daggers” (2004), Zhang Yimou, the war-torn setting of 1937 Nanking, The Dark Knight himself (Christian Bale) and a budget of some $94 million to play around with. So would “The Flowers of War” come up smelling of roses? Continue reading

The Good, the Bad and the Weird (2008) – FULL REVIEW

Jee-woon Kim’s film, “The Good, the Bad and the Weird”, received plenty of acclaim when it was first released in 2008. Time Out London described it as “Thrilling as hell” while Ain’t it Cool news.com described it as “A pure piece of entertainment… a must see”. IMDB.com currently rate it at 7.3/10 while Rottentomatoes.com give … Continue reading

“Prater Violet” (1946) by Christopher Isherwood

Published by Methuen & Co Ltd This was my first experience of Christopher Isherwood. Or rather, of his writing. I was well aware of him before now. My close friends had read his work and always talked highly of him. I had seen the movies “Cabaret” (1972) and “A Single Man”(2009) – both of which … Continue reading

Good (2008)

Viggo Mortensen, Jodie Whittaker and Jason Isaacs star in this movie. Set in the Germany of the 1930s, Johnny Halder (Mortensen) is a man leading a complicated life. Caring for his highly-strung wife, their children, the house, a chronically-ill mother and holding down a job as a writer and literary professor – Johnny is more … Continue reading

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