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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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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 […]

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Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris

Friday, October 28th, 2022 Film Reviews,

One wonders what the late Jean-Luc Godard would have made of Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris. When the famous avant-garde director died last month, the tributes were predictably fulsome, but I can’t believe anyone actually enjoyed sitting through anything Godard made after about 1965. For the vast majority of people there is only one reason […]

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Amsterdam

Saturday, October 8th, 2022 Film Reviews,

It’s hard to pinpoint where Amsterdam starts to go wrong, but once that sinking feeling sets in, it never leaves. I’ve come to think of David O. Russell as one of the very best contemporary American directors, but this film swiftly leaves the shining path and wanders off into the wilderness. It’s 1930, and we […]

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Ticket to Paradise & Moonage Daydream

Thursday, September 15th, 2022 Film Reviews,

George Clooney and Julia Roberts have bought a ticket to Paradise, but which Paradise is that? They think they’re in Bali but someone has sold them a pup, because it’s actually Queensland – the Whitsundays to be precise. Their confusion is understandable because they seem to have landed in a colony of Balinese people, all […]

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Official Competition

Saturday, July 23rd, 2022 Film Reviews,

Hubris, which comes from Greek tragedy, means “excessive pride or self-confidence”. Official Competition begins with a grand display of hubris, as a billionaire businessman commissions a movie as a monument to himself. It won’t be just any old flick but an instant cinema classic intended to win prestigious awards and stand the test of time. […]

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The Good Boss

Friday, April 15th, 2022 Film Reviews,

It’s a wonder there are not more movies like The Good Boss. Every small to medium-sized business is a potential comedy series, as management tries to maintain the illusion that a company is one big happy family, at least until the employees ask for a pay rise. Javier Bardem’s Julio Blanco is a master operator […]