Film & TV

We* went to see Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow yesterday. Wonderful! Visually it’s an art deco treat, from the searchlights over the skyscrapers to Polly’s aluminium-framed dark glasses, from the Royal Navy’s “air ships” to the ray gun. (“Just shake it.”) And film buffs will have so much fun identifying all of the…

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So as I blogged last month, I’ve seen the Control Room. I’ve seen The Fog of War. I own the DVDs of OutFoxed and Uncovered. I missed The Hunting of the President, but I read the book. This is clearly the summer of the political documentary. So yesterday we were planning to go to see…

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While looking up one of my favourite movie quotations*, I was inspired to try to put together a top 10 list. Several classic musicals, several recurring names. In no particular order: The Lion in Winter [1968; K. Hepburn, P. O’Toole] The African Queen [1951; H. Bogart, K. Hepburn] Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner [1967; S.…

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The Golden Globes went to the good guys tonight. Lord of the Rings, Lost in Translation, and Mystic River all won in the film categories, while Angels in America cleaned up in the TV section. There were even a couple of awards for that bizarre British comedy series The Office.

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I picked up the DVD of About A Boy yesterday. It’s based on the novel by Nick Hornby, one of the most incisive novelists observing contemporary England. For some reason I missed it when it was in the theatres. Anyway, it’s beautiful – and very, very English. It’s easily the best thing Hugh Grant (Will)…

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This weekend has been dominated by emotionally draining film experiences. First, I saw Lord of the Rings: Return of the King twice, on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon. The first time was with my dearest friends with whom I saw the first two LotR films – we call ourselves “The Fellowship of the Fellowship”. The…

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