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Best films of 2016

Best films of 2016

Films seen 37 (including 5 on flights to/from Hong Kong) – down from 42 last year For the first time in years, there are no films I’ve rated 9/10+ but these first two are the stand out films: Spotlight The Big Short The rest, as always, based entirely on enjoyment: Zootropolis The Accountant Sully: Miracle on the […]

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Books of 2016: A summary of the year’s book habit

Books of 2016: A summary of the year’s book habit

A summary of this year’s book habit Books read: 13 (up from 7 last year) Best autobigoraphy This Boy by Alan Johnson Most enlightening Black Roses by Jane Thynne Biggest surprise Food of Love by Prue Leith Also enlightening Who’s Afraid of the Easter Rising 1916-2016 by James Heartfield and Kevin Rooney Newish book of […]

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Film: Snowden

Film: Snowden

About a month before I went out to Canada, I booked tickets to ‘see’ Snowden who was ‘appearing’ in Montreal while we were there. It was unfortunate that when the confirmation came through, a seat was not guaranteed but rather it was first come first served. And queuing likely. The proverbial ‘why ask us to […]

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Film – Sully: Miracle on the Hudson

Film – Sully: Miracle on the Hudson

I was there. As I tell everyone who mentions this remarkable incident, I was just a couple of streets away in New York where Captain Sullenberger landed the US Airways Flight on the Hudson River. I tell them I took one look outside my apartment on this coldest of January days and decided not to […]

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Film: A United Kingdom

Film: A United Kingdom

The second of three true stories I’ve seen depicted for my cinematic pleasure in the space of a week. (I’ve been catching up after a month away from my Cineworld card in Canada). This episode in history has eluded me, although watching the recent #BlackandBritish season on the BBC, sadly a lot of the black […]

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Book – A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

Book – A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

I picked this to take with me on my recent trip as it has a Canadian connection.  I found Digging for America hugely reduced on the last day in Montreal in 2009. I’d not come across the author before but it’s not unusual for me not to have read books other book fans are extremely familiar […]

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Film: Arrival

Film: Arrival

   A sci-fi flick with family undertones – Arrival is this year’s Martian/Interstellar/Gravity. So there is a lot of heavy breathing from behind a mask. This one opens with Louise Banks (Amy Adams) watching her daughter grow up but then there is no sign of her- or is there? Soon Dr Banks has a visit […]

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Film: The Accountant

Film: The Accountant

  The interesting this film is learning how The Accountant, Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck) came to work for the world’s worst,  slickest criminal organisations. As an autistic child, he was given an opportunity to live in a research institute but his military father felt he needed to stand on his own and arranged self-defence lessons […]

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Film: Rush – Time Stand Still

Film: Rush – Time Stand Still

  A highlight of the Canadian trip. This limited release film was only shown on a few dates around the world before being released as a DVD soon after. It would have been perfect to see it in Toronto, their home city but in any case, I saw this in a very important and special […]

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Film: Storks

Film: Storks

Once upon a time, as we all know, storks used to deliver babies. Times changed and they were no longer needed for that – who knows how babies come to be now. So the storks are now employed by Cornerstore to deliver parcels for Cornerstore.com (AKA Amazon), changing with the times – unlike Woolworths, Blockbusters […]

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