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Hugo

Maybe that’s why a broken machine always makes me a little sad, because it isn’t able to do what it was meant to do… Maybe it’s the same with people. If you lose your purpose… it’s like you’re broken. Hugo tells the story of an orphaned boy Hugo Cabret (played by Asa Butterfield) living in the […]

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Precious

My name is Clareece “Precious” Jones. I wish I had a light-skinned boyfriend with real nice hair. And I wanna be on the cover of a magazine. But first I wanna be in one of them BET videos. Momma said I can’t dance. Plus, she said who wants to see my big ass dancing, anyhow? […]

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Katy Perry: Part of Me (seriously…)

Be yourself: everyone else is already taken. – Oscar Wilde Seriously?! Seriously!? Are you seriously going to write a post about Katy Perry: Part of Me? Well, yes. If only to show that not all the films I watch are worthy of attention. Some clearly are utter dross. In one of those mad moments, I […]

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What’s your Christmas movie?

Leon the Snowman: Why the long face, Buddy? Buddy: It seems I’m not an elf. Leon the Snowman: Of course you’re not an elf. You’re six-foot-three and had a beard since you were fifteen. Everyone has their favourite Christmas movie. For some, it’s an integral part of their advent preparations sitting down to watch that […]

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The Way

You don’t choose a life, dad. You live one. – Daniel A film about both loss and spiritual quest, ‘The Way‘ is one of the most moving films I’ve seen this year. It follows Martin Sheen taking a pilgrimage along the El camino de Santiago after the death of his son who was walking ‘the way’ […]

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How’s it going to end?

We’ve become bored with watching actors give us phony emotions. We are tired of pyrotechnics and special effects. While the world he inhabits is, in some respects, counterfeit, there’s nothing fake about Truman himself. No scripts, no cue cards. It isn’t always Shakespeare, but it’s genuine. It’s a life. – Christof A modern classic, The […]

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Tyrannosaur

Hannah: I feel safe with you Joseph: Nobody’s safe with me Every so often you come across a beautiful film that on the face of it is incredibly bleak, yet manages to convey so much about personal journey and relationships. If you haven’t seen Tyrannosaur, I’d urge you to get hold of it. This 2011 […]

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Do you love films?

When I started this site, I proposed to use Wednesday’s to talk about movies that I have watched that were worthy (or not) of comment. I’ll return to the real purpose of Wednesday’s next week, but permit me an indulgence today. In 1997, I subscribed to Sky TV. From the outset of this story it’s […]

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He didn’t fall? Inconceivable!

Last week I shared my all-time favourite – this week, it’s my close second place. The Princess Bride is yet another film that I could easily watch with the sound down (this time, missing a cracking soundtrack by Mark Knopfler) as I’m pretty confident that I could provide the dialogue. [you’ve got to note here […]

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Wednesday is a day for the movies

The holes we leave behind. We all have favourite movies. It’s funny how some of them stay with us through life? The movie I often claim to be my ‘favourite’ is the 1979 Peter Yates film ‘Breaking Away‘. It takes the top spot for me for a number of reasons, and I know there have […]

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