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The Master (2012)

Paul Thomas Anderson’s last film, “There will be blood” (2007), swept Daniel Day-Lewis to deserved Oscar glory and there is every indication that this latest movie will do the same for its stars; Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman. “The Master” has also generated headlines for its purported subject matter: the early days of Scientology. But is the film as ‘masterful’ as other reviewers have made out? Continue reading

Argo (2012)

Ben Affleck directs and stars in this 1970’s political thriller about the extraordinary real-life efforts by the CIA to rescue 6 US citizens caught up in the storming of the US embassy in Tehran and the 1979 revolution engulfing Iran as a whole at the time of the return of the Ayatollah Khomeini. Read on to see if this pot-boiler of a story boils over… 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

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

Beyond the Black Rainbow (2010)

In some parallel part of 1980’s America, the Arboria Institute exists. There a young woman called Elena is kept sedated and kept prisoner under the watchful eye of polo-necked Dr. Barry Nyles. The pretext for this is that she is too unwell to see other people and is being ‘treated’ at this futuristic “happiness” institute. … Continue reading

“Endgame: The Spectacular Rise and Fall of Bobby Fischer” (2011) by Frank Brady

I feel bereft. After 4 or 5 days of reading Endgame there is no more Bobby Fischer in my life. For most of us Fischer is two things; the greatest chess player the world has ever seen and a ranting madman. To write a biography of such an unpleasant character and about the intense, niche … Continue reading

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