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Rocks

Rocks is a Year 11 teenager living in an East London council block with her single mum and younger brother Emmanuel. One day they both go to school and when they come home they find their mum has gone, leaving a hastily scribbled note and a brown envelope with some cash saying she just needs […]

Les Misérables

What better way to celebrate the return to the cinema after lockdown than going to see a truly mesmerising film. Armed with a gin and tonic and suitably distanced, wearing facemasks when not drinking, we settled in for a white-knuckle ride for a day in the life of a plainclothes anti-crime brigade in one of […]

Come as you are

This is a re-make of a Belgian film Hasta La Vista ‘based on a true story’ about a British disabled man, Asta Philpott, who went to Amsterdam in search of sex to suit his ‘special needs’. Apart from the similar plot-line centering on the road trip undertaken by three young men to a Montreal brothel […]

Family Romance, LLC

I came unprepared to this film, knowing nothing of its background apart from its famed director, Werner Herzog, and it is set in Japan, the home of so many good movies.

In the opening scene a smart-suited man is waiting in a Tokyo beauty spot for a 12-year-old girl dressed in a hoodie. She is his […]

Da 5 Bloods

I loved Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman for its use of comedy to portray a serious message about racism in America. Here he similarly mixes his genres to tell a story that has a deadly serious context but manages to make us laugh out loud some – but not all – of the time.

We kick off […]

Days of the Bagnold Summer

This is a must-see for anyone who has ever lived through their children’s teenage years. Adapted from the 2012 graphic novel by Joff Winterhart and directed by Inbetweeners actor Simon Bird (Will) in his debut, it tells the story of an interminable summer experienced by an archetypal odd couple.

Daniel (Earl Cave) lives with his librarian mum Sue […]

Moffie

In a week when #blacklivesmatter demonstrations have been taking to the streets, it’s strange to be reviewing a movie almost exclusively featuring ‘whites only’.  As its title suggests moffie, Afrikaans slag for the derogatory term ‘faggot’, is about homosexuality, but look deeper and the film’s context is the ruling white elite’s war against black freedom fighters […]

The County

Somehow I missed Rams  Grímur Hákonarson’s 2015 film about Icelandic sheep farmers which won great plaudits. The County has similarly caught the critics’ attention.

Like Rams it is set in rural Iceland. Reynir (Hinrik Ólafsson) and Inga (Arndís Hrönn Egilsdóttir) own a remote dairy farm, although as we later learn ‘owning’ is a misnomer as everything belongs to the Co-op. […]

Misbehaviour

It shows my age when I confess to remembering 1970’s controversial and eventful Miss World pageant. Admittedly I was only 12 going on 18 but, like all teenage girls – not to mention most women at that time – and as the film shows, we were all mesmerised by this extraordinarily successful creation of Eric […]

Tokyo Story

Continuing my fascination with Japanese cinema, we dug out Tokyo Story, available on Amazon Prime.  Made in 1953, and shot in rather jumpy black and white, Ozu’s film was rated fouth by the Guardian in its 2010 listing of Best Art House Movies. I suspect it would still be right up there, despite the intervening years.

Like our current favourite […]