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May 20, 2020

I've been doing a #30DayFilmChallenge, and day 20 is a 'Film that changed your life'. It was a tough one as I couldn't initially recall a pivotal film that in some way 'changed me'. So, I've been mulling over key moments or decisions in my life that were in some way li...

August 14, 2019

With the Chichester International Film Festival scheduling a screening of Monsoon Wedding on 20 August at 20.45 I thought I'd post a review of the film I wrote for the now defunct clickwalla.com website back in 2002 (I haven't re-edited it).  At the end are images from...

May 21, 2015

150 years ago, people read for the first time Alice’s immortal line “And what is the use of a book, without pictures or conversation?”  How she would have loved the movies!  

On Saturday 23 May 2015 I'll be giving a paper at the Wonderlands: Reading/Writing/Telling...

May 14, 2015

Last year I invested (via kickstarter) in London Symphony, a brand New Silent Film about the Culture and Diversity of London.  The director/editor Alex Barrett referenced some of my favourite films as his influences inlcuding Man With a Movie Camera (1929) and Night Ma...

May 7, 2015

With the UK release of Christophe Gans new version of the Beauty and the Beast myth still a few months away, thought I'd revisit Cocteau's 1946 classic.

La Belle et La Bete (1946)

Director: Jean Cocteau

For those only familiar with the Beauty and the Beast fable from Disn...

May 4, 2015

I have always had a soft spot for the MGM musical extravaganzas of the 1950s, particularly those starring Esther Williams, the swimming superstar.

 

Reading her autobiography reveals a fascinating story of heartache and triumph behind the fabulous smile.

 

 

The Million Dol...

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