Archive for February, 2012

So I never got around to making Oscar predictions this year. Partly because I lacked time, partly because I realised I care even less than you. Besides, I haven’t even rounded off the year by watching The Descendants, and given that was meant to be a decent contender for the top prizes, judgement felt unfair. Anyway, […]


Leonardo DiCaprio (Jack Dawson), Kate Winslet (Rose DeWitt Bukater), Kathy Bates (Molly Brown), Billy Zane (Cal Hockley), Bill Paxton (Brock Lovett). Screenplay by James Cameron. Directed by James Cameron. Rating: 12. Running time: 194 minutes. I want to say so much, and really feel the film deserves it, but lacking time right now brief comments alone will […]


Charles Chaplin (A Tramp). Directed by Charles Chaplin. Rating: U. Running time: 87 minutes. City Lights is the first Chaplin film I’ve returned to since I’ve discovered, fallen in love with and grown to idolise Keaton. And it is, alas, not better than most of Buster’s brilliantly humorous work. In the debate in The Dreamers as […]


Cary Grant (Nickie Ferrante), Deborah Kerr (Terry McKay). Screenplay by Delmer Daves et al. Directed by Leo McCarey. Rating: U. Running time: 119 minutes. Textbooks on classic cinema, encyclopedia entries on the history of romance in film and dictionary definitions of ‘charming’ all exclude An Affair to Remember at their peril. That’s the consensus, and with only minor […]


This isn’t a review per se. I’ve done that before, and looking back it is strange to feel so distant from my former self of merely 18 months ago. Oddly, I think I got it completely right whilst missing the point entirely. I was right to find it furiously imaginative, and second only to Empire. […]


Faye Dunaway (Diana Christensen), William Holden (Max Schumacher), Peter Finch (Howard Beale), Robert Duvall (Frank Hackett). Screenplay by Paddy Chayefsky. Directed by Sidney Lumet. Rating: 15. Running time: 121 minutes. There’s an old debate in Plato’s Republic (‘old’ is putting it mildly; we’re talking BC here) on the question of whether the function of a craft is […]


Better now than never, I guess: Visions of Ecstasy showed 16th Century Spanish nun St Teresa of Avila as she caresses Jesus’ body on the cross. Definitely want to see this.