Film & TV

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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