Category Archives: Film review

The Irishman – a review

If there is an aspect to The Irishman pundits and critics alike are talking about more than anything it’s the films three-and-a-half hour length. Yes, it is an indulgence, a mighty one, one many a master filmmaker falls prey to … Continue reading

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Monos – a review

‘Monos’ is Spanish for monkeys. That out of the way, the next thing to report is, critics who say a new talent has emerged in cinematic art are correct, even if it is Alejandro Landes’ third film. But whether he can learn … Continue reading

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Joker – a review

A “masterpiece” scream giant, in-your-face billboards in Edinburgh, white on black, night illuminated, ranks of 5 stars above newspaper titles. That’s pretty impressive, pretty bold, confident, but is it nothing more than Hollywood hyperbole? To cut to the summation: the acting and … Continue reading

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Pain and Glory – a review

This is one of those films that critics call a ‘personal’ work, meaning autobiographical. It contains scenes and relationships lifted from the filmmaker’s life woven into the story, some events are true, some fiction. I guess you could call it … Continue reading

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Rocketman – a review

To be honest; of new rock and pop talent I am the last to take notice for I’ve never been a fanatic follower. I’m a jazz and classics man, old and new compositions. That love issues from my background, brought … Continue reading

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Once Upon a Time – a review

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is reported Tarantino’s last movie, his ninth. On the strength of this one he probably is wise walking away. This one is a retread. Now there is talk of a tenth. I hope it … Continue reading

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Never Look Away – a review

Two films seen in succession, each too long to see them flow seamlessly and satisfy fully, Angus McFadyen’s brave dissection of uncertainty in a battle worn man of action, Robert the Bruce, and now writer-director Florian Donnersmarck’s Never Look Away. Warning: … Continue reading

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