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Sir Dickie takes the Big Sleep

Sir Dickie takes the Big Sleep

With the summer gone, it is time to take stock of some of the summer movies, for whose sake I have sadly neglected the arthouse fare: it is my one chance of the year to catch up with popular cinema, as Ipswich Film Theatre tends to revert to one-show-a-night at 7.30, too early for a […]

Opening Credits

Opening Credits

What with exam marking and report writing it has been a pretty fallow month on the cinematic front so, if I may be permitted an indulgence, I thought I would take my cue from Sight & Sound’s very successful ‘closing shot’ series at the end of their monthly magazine and turn my attention to film […]

RIP Gordon Willis

RIP Gordon Willis

Although he had not worked in movies for nearly two decades, the death from cancer last month of Gordon Willis marked the passing of one of the great cinematographers from the modern half of film history.  Celebrated for his collaborations with Francis Ford Coppola on the Godfather films, and with Woody Allen, he was dubbed […]

Seven Days a Week

Seven Days a Week

Last week I saw two very different films, both built around the concept of one week’s events, and both using the days of the week as chapter titles up on the screen.   The first was Jaume Balagueró’s psychological horror, Mientras duermes (SleepTight), available to view on Amazon Prime, if you have that.  The horror […]

Rich pickings this month

Rich pickings this month

First off, I owe Matthew McConaughey an apology, having scoffed at his body transforming antics in Dallas Buyers Club last month.  Having since viewed the film, I can honestly say he carries all before him without compromising what remains an impressive film drama.  Clearly Mr Woodruff was a highly charismatic personality, and McConaughey marshals his […]

Anglo-American Hustle

Anglo-American Hustle

Yep, it’s that time of year again, and has been since Christmas.  We have had the Golden Globes and the BAFTAs, with the inimitably imitable Stephen Fry, still the best of hosts, despite the occasionally misguided off-the-wall fancy that brings back memories of A Little Fry and Laurie.  You may remember that 12 Years a […]

The Talented Mr Hoffman

The Talented Mr Hoffman

Obituary: Philip Seymour Hoffman (1967-2014) We were all shocked and saddened at the beginning of the month to hear of the untimely death of Philip Seymour Hoffman from a drug overdose.  One of the most impressive actors of his generation, he was anything but a conventional leading man; his bulky physique and unkempt presentation destined […]

Elf-girl Power!

Elf-girl Power!

I went to see the second instalment of Peter Jackson’s epic visualisation of Tolkien’s The Hobbit – The Desolation of Smaug – the other day.  It is clearer than before that he is not just concerned with translating the book to the screen – in all its detail – but with providing a bridge to […]

Sorrentino Roma

Sorrentino Roma

The cinematic event of last September was for this viewer undoubtedly Paolo Sorrentino’s new film, La grande bellezza (The Great Beauty).  This portrait of a writer in the throes of middle-aged ennui recalled the extravagances of the director’s 2008 Il divo and had me reaching for the likes of Fellini in search of comparators.  All of […]

The Weary Death

The Weary Death

Death holds out his hands for the innocent babe’s life, but the heroine after some hesitation demurs.  This still, which you would have seen brought to life had you been at Ipswich Film Theatre on October 30th, seems to portray a glowering figure of Death, ready to snatch the infant from its mother.  It shows […]