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Film – Funny Cow

Film – Funny Cow

The story of a comic learning her craft in the sexist, racist working men’s clubs of the north in the 1970s is told with a side helping of an unmistakable soundtrack by Richard Hawley. In a similar way to the other film about an abused daughter, I, Tonya, Funny Cow tells her story (almost) to camera […]

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Book – The Long and Winding Road by Alan Johnson

Book – The Long and Winding Road by Alan Johnson

This is the third and final exhilarating instalment of fascinating memoirs from Alan Johnson, the one where he got into politics. As stated before probably when talking about This Boy and Please Mr Postman it’s surprising how much agree with Mr Johnson considering he is a union man. Even this book states ‘if minimum standards […]

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Film – Rampage

Film – Rampage

  I was promised gorillas and I got them from the start of this incredibly silly but surprisingly fun film. Unfamiliar as I am with the science-fiction monster genre, Rampage managed to mix it well. We start in space with a research mission (well, they’re all research missions) going wrong and dangerous samples falling out of […]

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Film – Ready Player One

Film – Ready Player One

There was much excitement in the area of Birmingham I live when some of the scenes of this were filmed last year. They made our area (even more) run-down and Americanised our signage (even more) to represent Columbus, Ohio. The second film I’ve seen that’s set in the future after Isle of Dogs, although this […]

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Film – Ghost Stories

Film – Ghost Stories

Three characters plus three stories with a fair few clichés I know from the horror genre that I ordinarily never watch but I can see it is done so well here. Professor Philip Goodman has spent his life disproving that the paranormal. Indeed, the film opens with him making a documentary showing the simple tricks physics pull […]

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Film – Isle of Dogs

Film – Isle of Dogs

In the latest stop-motion animation, we are in a future universe where cats rather than dogs are man’s best friend and a Japanese Mayor deems them pests that carry an incurable plague. They are evacuated to the Isle of Dogs, ordinarily where waste goes and left to fend for themselves until their inevitable extinction. But […]

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Film – I, Tonya

Film – I, Tonya

Part biography, part comedy, I’m unclear if we’ve learnt the true Tonya Harding story from this. It matters not though, as I, Tonya is entertaining and enlightening. Before the Nancy Kerrigan incident that finished her ice skating career, we see Tonya (Margot Robbie) growing up with a domineering, abusive mum (Allison Janney – everyone’s mum […]

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Film – Peter Rabbit

Film – Peter Rabbit

Having been put off seeing this by hearing how rubbish it was from people who haven’t seen it, this week, I went anyway. Sure, it isn’t Paddington but it has it charms. It may not be exactly how Beatrix Potter imagined her characters coming to life but come to life they do. I recall Peter […]

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Book – The Great British Dream Factory by Dominic Sandbrook

Book – The Great British Dream Factory by Dominic Sandbrook

This book should be in the school curriculum. It’s also a great one to give to anyone moving to the UK, even if some of it may have them asking more questions rather than getting answers, like why were people snooty about giving the Beatles MBEs? It opens with cinema and how Mr Rank, a […]

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Film – Lady Bird

Film – Lady Bird

  Lady Bird (Saoirse Ronan) is the teen in a catholic school who deems herself from the wrong side of the tracks, reminding me of the Pretty in Pink scenario. So it’s worth seeing just for that. This is also a sweet film looking at senior year covering first boyfriend, turning 18, the prom, losing […]

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