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Murder by Decree is a Not-So-Ripping Yarn

The sight of Sherlock Holmes flirting with a "defrocked" dominatrix or wrestling with his personalised ringtone has proved irresistible to fans of the BBC's Sherlock. Call me a boring old traditionalist, but I prefer the World's Greatest Consulting Detective to… Continue Reading →

Film reviews

This is a handy guide to the film reviews I’ve written since 2009, including theatrical releases, DVDs and movies I have seen at the BFI London Film Festival. Most of the links below are to this blog, but those titles… Continue Reading →

Sherlock Holmes at the Museum of London

The Museum of London – a mid-70s hotchpotch of grubby concrete, white tiles and multi-level entrances – doesn’t look like the most obvious place to begin an excursion into the Victorian era. Hansom cabs being in short supply, I travelled… Continue Reading →

Claude Chabrol 1930-2010

Film School Rejects recently posted a list of the best — and worst — movie collaborations between directors and their spouses. It seems those capricious movie gods have decreed that for every Oscar-winning gem like Fargo (Joel Coen directs Frances… Continue Reading →

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