Archive for July, 2011

This isn’t going to be a review, exactly. In fact, if you haven’t seen The Secret In Their Eyes I’d prefer it if you didn’t read this at all. My sales pitch was posted here a year ago. This is going to be more of a brief analysis, a handful of thoughts it’ll only be worth […]


Looking back at my original review of Inception, I don’t think there’s a word of it I would want to change. My reaction has, of course, since been tamed, and repeat viewings will never live up to the first. But that doesn’t change the fact that, having seen it for the first time, I think […]


Brigitte Bardot (Juliette Hardy), Jean-Louis Trintignant (Michel Tardieu). Screenplay by Raoul Lévy and Roger Vadim. Directed by Roger Vadim. Rating: PG. Running time: 95 minutes. Simone De Beauvoir famously proclaimed Brigitte Bardot to be the most liberated woman in post-war France. That is, of course, a controversial view, but it’s wholly in line with Beauvoir’s […]


Two more months and we’ll be on the home stretch towards the awards season again. Everybody knows that if it’s a year Christopher Nolan is busy filming rather than releasing, cinema practically dies from the end of the Oscars in March until the beginning of October. I’ve found a few exceptions, but this year is […]


I know I rarely do posts that aren’t reviews, but there are three big biopics coming up this year, each concerning a hugely important woman, and that felt worthy of a break from tradition. This looks to me like 2011 will be a good year for actresses, and about time too. I can think of […]


I have seen The Social Network seven times now, and I’m still astounded by how I remain hungry for more viewings, eager to immerse myself once again in the richness of the world it portrays. I still insist it was the best film of 2010, and, There Will Be Blood aside, it might well be the best film since […]


I suspect I’ll say nothing new here that wasn’t already implicit in what I wrote last month. Back then I showered There Will Be Blood in praise. I couldn’t quite fathom the depth of its magnificence, and I was left spellbound by Day-Lewis. Bardem in Biutiful was something, as was Vivien Leigh in A Streetcar. But, those aside, I probably […]