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You Must Remember This – misogyny, madness and monomania in Hollywood

I’ve forgotten where I first heard about You Must Remember This, ‘the podcast dedicated to exploring the secret and/or forgotten histories of Hollywood’s first century’. Despite that clunky tagline, this show, which is devised, written and presented with breathy enthusiasm by… Continue Reading →

Unman, Wittering and Zigo – anarchy in the classroom

As a rebellious teenager, I read the play Unman, Wittering and Zigo at school in the late 1970s with a mixture of relish and disbelief. Giles Cooper’s story about a class of arrogant public school pupils who threaten to murder… Continue Reading →

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

  Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a Molotov cocktail of a movie, propelled by brilliant performances from Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell. In a week when the gender pay gap has hit the headlines again, it was cathartic to… Continue Reading →

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool is the film adaptation of a memoir by English actor Peter Turner about his two-year affair with veteran Hollywood actress Gloria Grahame. This movie, which stars a luminous Annette Bening opposite the excellent Jamie… Continue Reading →

Call Me by Your Name

Critics have fallen head over heels for Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me by Your Name. Usually I’d be suspicious of any movie that was being lauded as “ravishing”, “triumphant” and “sublime”, but this time the hype is justified. I saw this… Continue Reading →

BFI London Film Festival 2017: Journey’s End

If you like war movies that are big on spectacle and gung-ho action, with a bit of romance thrown in, then Journey’s End may not be your cup of tea. Set in the trenches of northern France towards the end… Continue Reading →

Our Brand is Crisis

In the cinematic equivalent of a busman’s holiday, I took a break from tedium of the EU referendum to watch Our Brand is Crisis – a movie about cynical electioneering. While we’re talking buses, I should probably warn you that… Continue Reading →

Victoria – reckless youth and a roving camera

A night out clubbing in Berlin takes a detour into armed robbery in Victoria, a heist thriller that’s been attracting rave reviews for its innovative, single-take camerawork. But despite a great central performance and a few heart-stopping action sequences, I’m… Continue Reading →

High-Rise delivers Brutalism and bloodshed

Fans of Brutalist architecture and man-of-the-moment Tom Hiddleston will find plenty of visual stimulation in director Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise. The star of The Night Manager sheds his clothes, daubs himself in blue paint and caresses the gorgeous concrete surfaces of… Continue Reading →

Spotlight on old-fashioned reporting

Is it the smell of newsprint or the (virtual) absence of the internet that makes the Oscar-nominated newspaper drama Spotlight feel so old-fashioned? Set mainly in 2001, this investigation into a child abuse scandal in the diocese of Boston seems like… Continue Reading →

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