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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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Film – Shape of Water

Film – Shape of Water

The second of this year’s unusual films that I have had the joy to see this year, Shape of Water is more surreal but demonstrates yet another example of humans being the worst-behaved of all the species. In 1962, Sally Hawkins plays Elisa, a mute night-time cleaner in a secretive government building alongside Zelda (Octavia […]

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Film – Black Panther

Film – Black Panther

Wakanda is an African country that could (would) have existed had slavery not happened. Far more technically advanced than today’s world due in part to ample supplies of vibranium, the thing that has been used in Captain America’s shield in the Marvel films preceding this one. A country hidden from the world, Wakanda’s tech enables […]

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Film – Early Man

Film – Early Man

Five weeks into 2018 and I’ve already seen my second animation. Early Man depicts the story of how football Fwas invented by the caveman/woman. Dug and his Stoneage tribe are ousted from their land – a familiar story today – by a more powerful man Lord Nooth who’s empire have moved on to bronze. One day, […]

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Film – Darkest Hour

Film – Darkest Hour

If like me, you are fed up of a lifetime’s worth of adulation for Churchill, a little bit of the other side of the story gets told here. I’ve long-maintained he was the wrong man at the right time as our wartime prime minister and Darkest Hour shows his first month is power. Everybody is […]

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Films of 2017

Films of 2017

 2017 turned out to be a great year for film. 43 films seen in all although 9 of these seen on-board flights making my plane tickets better value than my Cineworld card. However, a little better than last year’s 37 (5 on-board). WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES – maybe my first 10/10 PATTI CAKE$  MAUDIE […]

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