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Cold Mountain

Cold Moutain (2003) written and directed by Anthony Minghella and based on a book by Charles Fraser. I’ve read the book and seen the film before, but in my usual way couldn’t remember either. I could remember Nicole Kidman, who can be plain and pretty and beautiful all at the same time, but I couldn’t remember Jude Law. So there it is. One goes to war, in this case The American Civil War and one waits. I’ll not spoil it by telling you which is...

Monsters (2010)

Monsters (2010) written by Gareth Edwards and starring Whitney Able and Scoot McNairy. I’m not sure with names like that which one is the girl and which the non girl, but whatever one it is she is hot, in a messed up Gweneth Paltrow kind of way. Yeh, I know, my age is showing with the term ‘hot.’ I suppose that maybe because she has blond hair, but there is always something sexy about someone that is blond and can speak another language, in this...

Star Trek (2009).

Star Trek has got a bit like Star Wars trading on nostagia rather than storyline, but the former goes back further and was there at the start of the telly universe. Star Trek (2009) I grew up with Star Trek. It was one of the highlights of my week, which just goes to show what kind of deprived childhood I had. An extra edge was given to it by knowing or not knowing whether we would be able to watch it. My brothers and sisters weren’t as addicted...

Tamara Drewe BBC 2

Tamara Drewe BBC2, directed by Stephen Frears, screenplay by Moiri Buffini. Tamara Drewe (Gemma Arterton) returns as a successful journalist to the small Dorset village she grew up in. Her one claim to fame is she had a nose-job, when she made it into the big time and she made that part of the story of her success. I don’t usually like flashbacks, but these were very funny. A young Tamara, for example, asking Andy, her old boyfriend, why he was...

End of 'The Killing'.

The end of ‘The Killing 2’. The original Killing was a mammoth investement in time. The Killing 2 is about half that, or is it, I just can’t remember? Anyway, in both series somebody gets killed. I suppose that’s axiomatic, whatever that means. But in the Killing 2 people get killed more regularly. There is not the same depth and it wanders away from Denmark and out to Afghanistan, as if it’s run out of ideas and a trip abroad might just be the...

Knowing (2009)

Film 4: Knowing (2009) directed by Alex Proyas and starting Nicolas as Nicolas Cage. Does he ever play anyone else? Well, sometimes he’s an astrophysicist, and why does he have to be an astrophysicist? Well, he needs to be a character that asks his students about why we’re all here, what’s it all about and say things like did you know if it was a few degrees higher or lower, or if the gravitational pull of the sun, blah, blah, and back to what’s...

End of 'The Slap' BBC 4.

The Slap BBC 4. Richie’s Story. (Blake Davis) I never knew Ritchie had a story. This is the last episode of the slap and it has probably been one of the best things on TV this year. It’s right up there with the trilogy of different Wallanders (obviously not any of the British efforts) and The Killing. Richie was a peripheral figure, on the outermost rim of the outmost rim of the pebble that was the original slap. The viewer knew that it was him...

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Black Mirror: 15 Million Merits

Channel 4 This comes from husband and wife Charlie Brooker and Kanak Huq, which one is the husband and which the wife I’m not sure. This reminded me a bit of They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? Not the 1935 book but the 1969 film with Jane Fonda. The first part of Black Mirror is the best, when the programme’s hi-tech credentials are established. Daniel Kaluuya and Jessica Brown Findlay are locked into a mirrored world that throws commercials at them...

El Classico

Real Madrid 1 Barcelona 3 El Classico. There are not many games that could make me leave the pub on a Saturday night. There are lots of Celtic games that could drive me to the pub. The problem, of course, is I’m already there. El Classico has 500 million viewers and 80 000 fans in the stadium. As the commentator kept telling us these are the two best footballing teams in the world and they have the best players in the world. Messi, of course, in...

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