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Skyfall (2012)

The Bond backlash had started before I even set foot into the cinema to watch “Skyfall”. After such universally amazing plaudits from critics and moviegoers alike, rumblings of discontent had started to emerge online and within earshot. The 23rd James Bond motion picture in the franchise’s 50th anniversary year clearly sought to capture a celebration of all things 007. Did they achieve that? Continue reading

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

Ginger and Rosa (2012)

Sally Potter’s latest film, “Ginger and Rosa” (2012), tells the story of two seventeen-year-old girls living in London in 1962. The flame-haired Ginger and her bosom pal Rosa have been raised almost as sisters; seemingly joined-at-the-hip by virtue of their mothers’ friendship as much as their own. Best friends forever: they are united in wanting … 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

TV VAULT – “Dexter” Series One (2006)

Back in the dim and distant past – 2006 to be precise – a new television series aired in the US and later throughout the rest of the world. Starring Michael C. Hall – who rose to fame playing a funeral director in “Six Feet Under” (2001 to 2005) – here he plays a more … Continue reading

Hobo With A Shotgun (2011)

A homeless man (Rutger Hauer) rides a freight train into a new town. World weary, this old drifter hopes for a quiet life in this new setting and modestly aspires to buy a $49.99 lawnmower. So far so “Straight Story”. Heartwarming stuff. Lovely in fact. “Welcome to F**ktown!” bellows the corrupt Chief-of-Police. It quickly transpires … Continue reading

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