Category Archives: Film review

Lost in LaLa Land

As a Scot visiting Los Angeles for the first time I felt it wasn’t all that far removed from my first visit to Glasgow as a youth except with palm trees and better dental care. A Glaswegian friend tells of … Continue reading

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King Arthur – a review

This won’t take long. This alleged multi-million summer blockbuster would be better entitled ‘King Arfur’. Every subject director Guy Ritchie touches rings out the sound of Bow bells, Cheapside, every character he  creates, or reimagines, turns into a cockney geezer. Remember … Continue reading

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Elle – a review

I’m in two minds about Dutch director Paul Verhoeven. On the one hand he’s a populist who creates glossy material with a sly political message. He has a way of  giving the finger to various aspects of unsavoury capitalism. On the … Continue reading

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Lady Macbeth – a review

This is a British version of a Russian novel transposed to Northumberland, the novel a Russian transposition of Shakespeare’s story of Scotland’s well-loved King Macbeth and his over-ambitious wife, the Russian novel written from Lady MacBeth’s point of view, the story set … Continue reading

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Their Finest – a review

A choice of two films this weekend both annoyingly and unimaginatively navel gazing. They are obsessed with the movie trade. One is British, one American. To irritate all the more they have a women as the central plucky talent trying to make … Continue reading

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Personal Shopper – a review

My, my, two winners in one week; the surprise delight of the grisly horror show Get Out, this week the super-cool Kristen Stewart – among the most quicksilver of her generation’s performers – in Olivier Assayas’ Personal Shopper, a shape-shifting, resolutely … Continue reading

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Get Out – a review

This is the surprise movie of the month, more accurately of the year, so far. The poster isn’t very attractive, six fragmented images seen through the shattered prism of a glass mirror, or perhaps a window pane, the film’s title … Continue reading

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