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Film – Viceroy’s House

Film – Viceroy’s House

On seeing the trailer, I thought this may be a romanticised version of the events. I may have given it a miss if it hadn’t been directed by Gurinder Chadha who tends to direct films with a little bit of her story in them. And so is the case with Viceroy’s House, which very much […]

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Film: Fences

Film: Fences

The award-winning play about a black Pittsburgh couple in the 1950s has been turned successfully into a pretty long film. Troy is a sanitation worker (refuse collector to you and I) who believes he had what it took to be a professional baseball player if only they took blacks in the league then. He adores his […]

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Book – Please Mr Postman by Alan Johnson

Book – Please Mr Postman by Alan Johnson

I loved Alan Johnson’s first book which was about being a child in the 50s and 60s. Please Mr Postman continues to take me on a history lesson as I learn what was going on in the world during the author’s long tenure as a postman through the 1970s. By now he’s married and living […]

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Film: I, Daniel Blake

Film: I, Daniel Blake

This is a film about community, about kindness and what it is to be human. It’s about people helping each other even when they themselves have nothing but hope. Widower Daniel Blake is living alone and has just had a heart attack and so, obvious to most of us, he needs some time off to […]

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Film – John Wick: Chapter 2

Film – John Wick: Chapter 2

Rather than action, this ought to be filed under fantasy. Like the first film, this goes beyond the usual action film to an underground world where bad guys can kill a swathe of even worse guys in the street and no one will bat an eyelid. The game-like feel continues into the luxury Continental Hotel […]

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Film: 20th Century Women

Film: 20th Century Women

Based in 1979, this is the story of a mother, her teenage son and some home truths. Worried that she since the divorce when Jamie was still young he’s not getting all the parenting he needs, Dorothea (Annette Bening) decides to bring in some reinforcement. It doesn’t quite go to plan; the first 20th century woman is Julie, […]

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Film: Hidden Figures

Film: Hidden Figures

Based around the time when America was competing with Russia to get into space first, Hidden Figures are the three super-clever black ladies –Afro-American if you must – working at NASA. It turns out, no matter how much your country needs you to help with the space programme, you still had to put up with […]

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Book: Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen

Book: Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen

Well this has been a long time a coming. Spurred on by the Super Bowl appearance in 2009 – the one that I actually watched as I was in New York at the time. That seemed the epitome of success for the boss and this book started getting written. It’s written in the same prose […]

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Film – the Lego Batman movie

Film – the Lego Batman movie

The jokes are for the adults. The story line is for kids. This makes Lego Batman a perfect kids film with a gag – mostly funny – about 1 every 30 seconds Once the antagonism between Batman and Superman is laid out, the film pokes fun at every superhero from Iron Man to the Turtles […]

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Film: Moonlight

Film: Moonlight

I thought this would have been a tough watch but it was one of those that just went far enough with being graphic, then pulled back. I find I take more – learn more – from the story this way. It opens with the main character still a shy youngster, being picked on in Junior […]

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