Category: Film

Covert nature of abuse in its various forms

There are a number of films available on Amazon dealing with the theme of sexual and other types of abuse. It’s a subject we hear quite a lot about nowadays. While the material doesn’t generally make for comfortable viewing it’s something we shouldn’t shy away from. Miss Violence was widely acclaimed at the Venice film…

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Curiosities of the Netflix phenomenon

I joined Netflix against my better judgment. People kept telling me I was missing out on a lot, that it had anything and everything. Maybe, I thought to myself, that’s the problem. I was accused of being snobbish when I said it reminded me of the cinematic equivalent of Woolworth’s. That was my first impression.…

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International intrigues from present and past

Compartment No. 6: We don’t hear much about glasnost or perestroika since Vladimir Putin’s invasion of the Ukraine but they’re applicable to this. It explores the friendship between a Finnish woman (Seidi Haarla) and a Russian man (Yuriy Borisov) on board a train bound for the Arctic Circle in the late 1990s. Directed by Juho…

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Re-Joyce for Jimmy’s Ulysses centenary

February 2 was the centenary of the publication of James Joyce’s Ulysses. You might be interested in seeing the film version if you haven’t done so already. It was directed by Joseph Strick in 1967. Ten years later, Strick directed A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Joyce’s earlier novel. Opinions differ on…

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Beginning the new year with a bang

When you cut off sound, everything you hear afterwards becomes more precious. Maybe that’s why A Quiet Place resonated with so many people. Or why we laughed so much when mime artist Marcel Marceau spoke the only line of dialogue in Mel Brooks’ Silent Movie. Tilda Swinton has all but cornered the market on quirky…

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Highlights of an unusual year in films

Film Review 2021 “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” For the first half of the year, Covid-19 had us under house arrest. Starved of cinemas we found sustenance in mini-series, box-sets, the occasional gem from streaming platforms. The Oscar ceremonies went ahead in February in the kind of funereal…

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