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  • Napoleon



    One of my 1000 recommended films.

    I haven't seen this for quite a few years but today (all day) I watched this unique film on the big screen, in the 5 and a half hour Photoplay restoration with score conducted live by Carl Davis with the Philharmonia Orchestra.

    The story of how Kevin Brownlow has spent nearly half a century working on restoring this film to as close to Abel Gance's original vision as possible is well known - and…

  • West Side Story

    West Side Story


    One of my 1000 recommended films.

    Recently I saw the beautiful new print of this film directed by Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise, with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and can report that after fifty years it still looks amazing, with vibrant colours, a remarkably rich score, and performances that linger long in the memory.

    The doomed romance of the modern Romeo and Juliet, Polish American Tony (Richard Beymer, all teeth and eyelashes and so pretty…

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  • Akdong Musician's Musical Short Film

    Akdong Musician's Musical Short Film


    I L<3ve Musicals!

    Had to watch this K-pop musical drama-doc without subtitles, but I could follow it well enough after a bit of research into AKMU. They're a South Korean sibling duo - adolescent, and hugely popular in their home country.

    K-pop itself isn't just bouncy music for tweens, but is quite complex, taking a number of influences to build a new genre. It is now a major subculture which has spread across video platforms to global notice.

    Only really…

  • Across the Andes by Frog

    Across the Andes by Frog


    Michael Palin stars (and co-writes, with Terry Jones), this very silly Ripping Yarn, the spoof Boys' Own adventure series they created post-Python.

    With a colonial setting and a dash of political incorrectness, this really captures the spirit of old-time adventure films, except that the characters wants to, well, cross the Andes with a box of frogs.

    Don Henderson and Denholm Elliott add note-perfect support and Palin is the epitome of the English army gentleman abroad.

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  • Midnight Cowboy

    Midnight Cowboy


    This was one of the films on my list of shame, I had been long aware of it but had never got around to seeing it, until now.

    I knew the theme was Nilsson's 'Everybody's Talkin'' and that Jon Voight's character was a would-be hustler, and Dustin Hoffman's character was a low-down dirty rat. But that's about it.

    The film is nothing like I expected. It has some fantastic moments - the way Voight and Hoffman eyeball each other as…

  • A Single Man

    A Single Man


    This bittersweet film gets another star on a rewatch. It's Colin Firth's best performance in years as stuffy professor George Falconer ('it takes a long time to become George'), who suddenly finds himself bereaved by the sudden death of his partner Jim in a car accident, and finds it difficult to cope until he decides he needs to make a momentous decision.

    This being the 1960s he cannot talk openly about it, or even grieve, nor can he seek a…