Category Archives: Comedy

Can You Forgive Me?

I am not a fan of film comedy, but when I saw the slew of Oscar nominations for Can you ever forgive me?, and recalled of Melissa McCarthy’s hilarious performance in Spy, I hastily booked a ticket.

Based on yet another ‘true story’, this time the book Memoirs of a Literary Forgerby Lee Israel, penned after her conviction for […]

Vice

It’s amazing what actors will do to win an Oscar. Christian Bale, renowned for his method acting (and good looks), put on 45 lbs to play Dick Cheney; the efforts have resulted in a spot-on resemblance to the real thing, due to the all-over prosthetics and an uncannily creepy performance, but also nominations for both […]

Stan & Ollie

Everyone of a certain age remembers Laurel & Hardy’s famous piano removal scene. It comes in the 1932 hit The Music Boxwhen the comic pair were the toast of Hollywood, and of their producer Hal Roach. This film starts a few years later in 1937 when their star is beginning to wane.

Stan Laurel (an astonishing portrayal […]

The Favourite

The Favouriteis ‘loosely based’ on history. So what of the film is true I wonder? Was Queen Anne really a lesbian? Did the rivalry between Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough and her cousin Abigail really exist? Before writing this, I realised I knew nothing of Queen Anne, save that she was the daughter of James II, […]

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Sequels are always tricky and normally flops.  John Madden has managed to pull off anything but second-best in his return to Jaipur and our jolly geriatrics living out their twilight years in Sonny’s Marigold hotel. With the engagement and impending marriage of proprietor Sonny (Dev Patel) to Sunaina (Tina Desai) as the main event in a […]

Magic in the Moonlight

Woody Allen seems obsessed with Europe, setting six out of his last seven movies there (I gave up counting after that).  Given that all six of these European films were mediocre at best, compared with the on-form Blue Jasmine, where Woody rediscovers his American roots and Jewish humour, I wonder what the attraction is.

So here we […]

The 100 foot journey

Very appropriate, really, to be sitting in a cinema that stank like a fast-food restaurant when we saw this gastro-pic. (Is this a new genre I wonder?) So bad that the woman sitting next to Husband turned to him and said, ‘God the smell of that popcorn!’ – or was this just a chat up […]

The Grand Budapest Hotel

Wes Anderson does it again! The Grand Budapest Hotelis as quirky as film as any, and stuffed full of wit and humour, all delivered by a fine ensemble cast of Anderson favourites (Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Owen Wilson, Bob Balaban, Jason Schwatrzman, with the addition of a hugely camp, as-you-have-never-seen-him-before Ralph Fiennes.  I had no idea he […]

Inside Llewyn Davis

The Coen Brothers are back in town but, alas, not on tip-top form. This is indisputably a clever film, artistically-speaking, with a great original, live, soundtrack, fine performances, and a show-stealing cat (well, five of them in fact). It has all the hallmarks of Coen movies with moody cinematography and an allegorical plot. It is […]

Her

The curse of cancer strikes! We arrived late as I had inadvertently booked the tickets for the day before, something I have never done even in this online era – maybe it was a message that it’s not a perfect world in Spike Jonze’s cyberspace. Thank you nice Everyman for giving us club seats all […]