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The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest

I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in this series, kind of enjoyed the second book and gave up on the third one after a couple of hundred pages. My enjoyment of the film series is totally reversed. This is, by a small country mile, the [...]


Farewell, Shirley…

The sad news has reached me that Leslie Nielsen has passed away. As I wasn’t alive for most of his golden years and have certainly never seen his earlier, more serious, work, please permit me to remember him for his work as the master of [...]


Live Review: Mark Kermode

Mark Kermode is as close to a personal hero as any film critic in the world. Sure, he’s no Roger Ebert when it comes to the written word, he’s more comfortable on film than on paper and his hair is, quite frankly, terrible; but he [...]


Another Year

Mike Leigh’s films are so intensely British that it is sometimes difficult to understand why they appeal to us. Do we really want to see old people drinking tea? Do we really need to see how reserved the British are in the face of death? [...]


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One

Sitting in the Cineworld Fulham Road I found myself in a difficult position. I’m a diehard fan of both the books and the films; I take joy in even the smallest moments of magic or the tiniest relations to the books. But I’m not a [...]


Feature: The Magic Begins

The magic started in 2001 with the release of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Sorcerer’s Stone for our American friends), but before the movie was even released an amazing vibe had gathered. With Richard Harris, Maggie Smith, Alan Rickman, Robbie Coltrane, Richard Griffiths and [...]