Via Netflix, I’ve been working my way through every episode in the first four series of the British TV series “MI-5“. (That’s the US title; in Britain it’s called “Spooks”.) The DVDs for series 5 will be released in the UK in September, but there’s no date yet for the US release. Putting aside my…Read More Just finished MI-5 (aka "Spooks") – what next?
Today I went to see Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett (and the wonderful Bill Nighy) in Notes On A Scandal. (Warning: that link probably opens on a page that will start audio pouring out of your speakers. I wish web browsers had a “mute” button – some blasted advert started blaring as I was trying…Read More Notes On A Scandal
Just finished watching V for Vendetta (my first NetFlix DVD, actually). I remember reading the original graphic novel years ago, set in a post-Thatcherite world. Updated for the 21st century, it’s even more disturbing. “Terrorist as hero”. Hmm. As John Hurt said in the “making of” documentary, all forms of war are awful – but…Read More V
Most of the population of Seattle seems to have been glued to their TVs for some (American) football game or other; I decided to go to see The History Boys. It was wonderful. Yes, of course it was produced and directed like a play rather than a film: when you’ve got one of the best…Read More The History Boys
Two weekends, two films. Last Saturday I went to see “The Queen” up on Capitol Hill. When I told my mother about it the next day, she was incredulous: how could Helen Mirren play Liz? She looks nothing like her! Well, all I can say is that it worked. Helen Mirren was wonderful, and after…Read More Two terribly English films
I was actually planning to go to bed early tonight… and then while scanning the TV listings I saw that Joan Littlewood’s “Oh! What a Lovely War” was being shown at 10:20. I’m not sure why, but this film has always been extraordinarily important to me. It’s hard to refer to it as a “favourite”…Read More Finally! "Oh! What a Lovely War" on DVD
A few days ago I bought the DVD+CD release of Live at the Union Chapel, recorded by Procol Harum in December, 2003. I listened repeatedly to the CD in my car (and on my iPod), but it wasn’t until tonight that I sat down to watch the whole 139 minute concert video. Brilliant. Just wonderful.…Read More Quick music plug: Procol Harum "Live at the Union Chapel"
Herewith three items of Sun memorabilia: two photos, and a video clip. The photos were scanned at 600 dpi from prints; you can click through to get the full-res images. The video clip is a 25MB MPEG4. The first is a group shot taken at a country club somewhere in the Greater Boston area, with…Read More Sun memorabilia
On the hottest day of the year so far in the Boston area (over 94 in Waltham, MA), the fellowship went to see Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth. Our verdict: four enthusiastic thumbs up. The critics are right, this is an outstanding movie. As Roger Ebert put it: When I said I was going to…Read More An Inconvenient Truth
I had lunch with Josh in Burlington today, and afterwards I decided to go and see United 93. Yes, I had reservations. And yes, it’s hard to watch at times. Nevertheless, I’m really glad that I did. And I’m glad that the film was made, and that it was made now, and that it was…Read More United 93