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Tár & Babylon

Friday, January 27th, 2023 Film Reviews,

Last week I thought Michelle Williams was unbeatable for Best Actress at this year’s Oscars, but after watching Tár, it’s hard to see Cate Blanchett coming second. Todd Field’s film about a musical genius who falls for the seductions of fame and power, is a classic Faustian tale. Blanchett’s Lydia Tár doesn’t exactly sell her […]

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Emily

Saturday, January 21st, 2023 Film Reviews,

Emily Brontë remains one of the most mysterious figures in world literature. When she died at the age of 30 in 1848, she had written one novel and a sheaf of poems. The poems were immediately acclaimed for their “genius” but are little read today. The novel, Wuthering Heights, is a classic for the ages, […]

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The Fabelmans

Friday, January 13th, 2023 Film Reviews,

At a certain point in an illustrious career, many a writer has turned to autobiography. That moment usually arrives when an author has become so famous that he or she is more fascinating to the public than any work of fiction they may produce. It does, however, require a special kind of ego. Gore Vidal […]

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White Noise

Friday, January 6th, 2023 Film Reviews,

Some novels leave an indelible impression. I read Don DeLillo’s White Noise shortly after it appeared in the mid-1980s but can still remember whole passages and even certain sentences. It is a book of verbal gymnastics that Noah Baumbach has made into an equally wordy film, largely by quoting DeLillo verbatim. Baumbach shows an unusual respect […]

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The Banshees of Inisherin & A Man Called Otto

Thursday, December 29th, 2022 Film Reviews,

It must be a great relief for Colin Farrell to finally be in a film in which he can speak with an Irish accent. A tragi-comedy of insularity, Martin McDonagh’s The Banshees of Inisherin is set on a island off the west coast of Ireland. There is no actual place called Inisherin, but one assumes […]

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Triangle of Sadness & The Lost King

Friday, December 23rd, 2022 Film Reviews,

There’s a kind of shameful pleasure in seeing one’s own prejudices played out on screen, and this is precisely what we get from the films of Ruben Östlund. The Swedish director has struck the right note at Cannes, where his two most recent features – The Square in 2017, and this year, Triangle of Sadness, […]

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Avatar: The Way of Water

Thursday, December 15th, 2022 Film Reviews,

We are told “the Way of Water has no beginning and no end,” which sounds like a perfect description of James Cameron’s long-awaited Avatar sequel. Anyone who hasn’t seen the original Avatar of 2009, or like me, has forgotten most of it, will get the disconcerting feeling of having entered the film at the half-way […]

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Stars at Noon

Friday, December 9th, 2022 Film Reviews,

When the teenaged Margaret Qualley appeared as one of the Manson gang in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019), it was easy to predict we’d be seeing a lot of this young actor. That prediction has come true – literally – in Stars at Noon, a film in which she spends much […]

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She Said

Friday, December 2nd, 2022 Film Reviews,

Harvey Weinstein, co-founder of film production company, Miramax, was the driving force behind a string of Hollywood hits. From his prison cell in California, where he is currently serving a 23-year sentence for sexual offences, Weinstein must have taken cold comfort from the poor box office that greeted She Said, which garnered only US $2.2 […]

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The Menu

Saturday, November 26th, 2022 Film Reviews,

There is an entire genre of films devoted to food and restaurants, but The Menuis something different. A foodie horror movie, it’s also a comedy of the very blackest hue – darker than caviar and ladled out in equally parsimonious spoonfuls. It’s not the first feature that has remorselessly satirised trendy people paying a fortune […]