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Red Dust, Employees’ Entrance, Taxi!

The BFI is showing a season of pre-code films. These aren’t the respectable ones like King Kong but the “naughtier, rougher-edged and more shocking” ones. Not that King Kong is particularly respectable when you think about it. Red Dust (1932) … Continue reading

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Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1931)

I saw this at the BFI on Friday 10th January after a gap of (at a guess) 30 years since I first saw it. My tolerance for the depiction of domestic violence and sadism is much, much lower than it … Continue reading

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Hud

When I’m in the mood I write brief thoughts on films in notebooks which then get transferred to my bag where they get forgotten. Well, I dug them out and I’m going to transcribe and tidy up those thoughts because … Continue reading

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The Hours

When I’m in the mood I write brief thoughts on films in notebooks which then get transferred to my bag where they get forgotten. Well, I dug them out and I’m going to transcribe and tidy up those thoughts because … Continue reading

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The First Born

When I’m in the mood I write brief thoughts on films in notebooks which then get transferred to my bag where they get forgotten. Well, I dug them out and I’m going to transcribe and tidy up those thoughts because … Continue reading

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Underground

When I’m in the mood I write brief thoughts on films in notebooks which then get transferred to my bag where they get forgotten. Well, I dug them out and I’m going to transcribe and tidy up those thoughts because … Continue reading

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Time After Time

I think New Year’s resolutions are a bit pointless because they tend to be quickly forgotten but I will make just one and that might be to blog more often. I may even start watching Buffy again. 2011′s Hootenanny might … Continue reading

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Meryl Streep channels Brad Pitt

There is a scene in The Hours where Meryl Streep’s Clarissa anxiously discusses the perceived triviality of her life with her daughter and she waves her hands about in a way that is just like Brad Pitt’s Jeffrey Goines in … Continue reading

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Winter’s Bone (2010)

When will I learn that a film about poverty described with such adjectives as chilling, searing, rawest, gritty, genuine, shabby, grimly and unflinching, is not a film for me? And I’m not sure the poor people of the Ozarks deserve … Continue reading

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Arrietty (2010)

My expectations for this were set too high by the general tone that headed my way via the Internet. It is certainly a lovely simple film for children but really it is no more than that. It looked gorgeous and … Continue reading

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