Category Archives: Film & cinema

Never Let Me Go

11°C Sun CK:44 miles. From the same writer who gave us Remains Of The Day, this is a sad but beautifully shot film with a rather forgettable name. For me, the film stood out for the feeling of inevitable doom, … Continue reading

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The Artist

3°C, light cloud. light wind Film: The Artist. A lot of people will be put off going to see this film. It’s black & white, barely any sound, and it’s a homage to pre-talkie cinema and worst of all, it’s … Continue reading

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44 Inch Chest

1°C, clearing to ice Film: 44 Inch Chest: more like a play with fine acting from established British actors like John Hurt. It was all atmosphere and dialogue a story about a group of London old criminals. My fellow audience … Continue reading

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Entrance exam

6°C, clear & calm. Entrance exam at work. Lots of anxious 10 year olds, and even more 40 something olds (parents). The kids sit an IQ test after their parents have dropped them off. By the time they have finished, … Continue reading

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We Need To Talk About…

13°C, clear, fresh colourful You know a good film when you talk about it on the way home, a great film has you chewing over it all of the next day too. We Need To Talk About Kevin had this … Continue reading

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Animal Kingdom

14°C, grey sky. Film: Animal Kingdom. Review. It had all the tension of a David Lynch film, I was gripped and genuinely anxious about what would happen next. The film contained violence but didn’t indulge in a butcherfest as some … Continue reading

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Four Lions

17C, rain then bright. Just a quick note this time. I know most of my posts are short, terse even. Film: Four Lions, a comedy about some none too bright would-be suicide bombers from Sheffield. I say ‘comedy’ since that’s … Continue reading

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True Grit

14°C+, getting warmer. Film: True Grit (Cohen brothers). Good to see that dreadful John Wayne western based on a Charles Portis book has been updated with one that really is based on the book. Why was John Wayne ever famous? … Continue reading

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Weekend’s sleep spoilt

16C, clearing up, still windy. Been away: on work’s DofE trip. Now I’m sleep deprived, the first walk didn’t finish until 8pm so the kids were still cooking at 10pm. Other teachers didn’t eat until after that. Such an arrangement … Continue reading

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Blood Diamond

Heavy rains & light suns Film: the story of a diamond smuggler in Africa. At times compelling, at others cringe-some, clichéd and often peppered with an enormous body count. The scenery was stunning and Djimon Hounsoue’s acting was unflinching. Di … Continue reading

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