Fantastic Mr Fox (Roald Dahl)

Fantastic Mr FoxMr Dahl was one of the greatest authors to ever put pen to paper during the 20th century. It’s fast paced with enough excitement, danger and momentum to appeal to children (and adults) who are considerably older than the usual 5 year old target audience.  And with gun-toting farmers on the prowl and terrible tractors wrecking havoc on the hill, it’s a particularly good story with which to entice reluctant boys away from computer or television screens. [Read more…]


Drive (2011 USA)

drive 4They cheered at Cannes, apparently. Surely that had to be a good sign?! Driver (Ryan Gosling) has a day job, he’s a Hollywood stunt man, but by night he makes the serious $$$ as a getaway driver for the criminal fraternity. Into his life comes married next door neighbour, Irene, and her little boy, Benicio, pitching him right into the middle of two wars. One is for his emotional worth, the other is with the criminal underworld.

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La Notte (1961 Italy/ France)

notte2This film was a product of a time and a place and a sensibility that is now long gone. But be that as it may, this is an excellent film about a married couple who have fallen out of love. OK, no one will be viewing this looking for escapist entertainment. Can anyone imagine someone making a picture like this these days? Michelangelo Antonioni was definitely firing on all cylinders of cinematic refinement in the early 60s. [Read more…]

Dirty Harry (1971 United States)

dirty_harry_contact-0-1080-0-0(This review is dedicated to the man over at  Firstly, what a penetrating musical score by Lalo Schifrin! One of the many great components of this classic movie. This is not fascism, more like realism. Throughout the 1960s violent crime had been spiralling out of control in America and the West, so by 1971 someone had to come up with an accurate portrayal of what the police have to deal with. Dirty Harry was the first film to deal with how supportive the law can be of criminals. [Read more…]

House Of The Long Shadows (1983 United Kingdom)

FRlongshadows10This is a half – entertaining mess for fans of Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee and Vincent Price. If you like to look at a cast with an average age of 105, staggering around a dark Welsh mansion, this is your thing. A plastic surgeon’s dream gone wrong: Peter has stretch marks on his liver spots, meanwhile Chris is battling those hot flushes as manfully as he can, and Vincent is going through his second hysterectomy…and you think you have problems. [Read more…]

The Woman In Black (Susan Hill)

The-Woman-in-Black-by-Susan-HillSusan Hill’s 1983 novel will rank alongside Henry James’s “The Turn Of The Screw” and Shirley Jackson’s “The Haunting of Hill House” as a truly great supernatural tale (the fact that there are so few exceptional ones out of the many mediocre shows what a hard genre this is to master). The plot of TWIB will sound familiar to anyone with a love of horror. [Read more…]

I’m Looking Through YouTube (For Funny Beatles comments)

beatles-1969Some people’s favourite band have always generated vast amounts of personal opinion from the public. It seems inexhaustible and I am guilty of adding to it here. Paul gets bashed the most, but I found insults aimed at all four. OK, most people tend to overlook Ringo because of his limitations. Yes, it can be much fun to read strangers opinions on all this analyzing of Liverpool’s Fab Three (+ Ringo)…with add – ons from this blogger. [Read more…]

Cat Girl (1957 United Kingdom)

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A blogger’s work is never done.  I’ve wiped the flour off my apron and lifted up my under-frock to let you have a perv at my new baby. Please read on while I go into post- review depression. On July 20 1957 British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan uttered these words: “Let’s be frank about it, some of our people have never had it so good.” By the time I was born a decade later the good was running out fast and my family emigrated to the colonies. But it must have been nice to be a teenager in the 50s and 60s. [Read more…]

Night Moves (1975 USA)

2705697_origWhat we have here overall is a nicely detailed screenplay and director on top of their game. Still a fascinating film noir after all these years. One of the superior 1970s thrillers, when happy endings were not always the norm. The overall result is satisfying though. [Read more…]

The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)

5182hLUkNRL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Susie passes on to another dimension, a world between Earth and Heaven. Until Susie can accept that she has died and that life will continue without her, she cannot pass on to Heaven. What unfolds is a story of love and grief, of mourning and anger. We see how her unsolved murder slowly rips her family apart, yet also forms bonds strong enough to last a life-time and how love can be stronger than death itself. [Read more…]

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