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Notes On A Film: A Single Man


A Single Man is a day in the life of a middle-aged English college professor (Colin Firth) in Los Angeles in 1962 as he decides that he doesn’t want to live any more after the death of his long-term younger partner (Matthew Goode) in a car accident. During the day, he gives his lecture, has a conversation with a student…

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Notes On A Film: Solomon Kane


Solomon Kane was created by Robert E Howard a few years before he created Conan, and appeared in pulp magazines of the time (and in some comic books for Marvel in the 1970s). I mention this because I have read neither and didn’t have any knowledge of the character before watching the film. I like a slice of sword and…

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Notes On A Film: Youth In Revolt


The basic gist of this film is boiled down to ‘teen romantic comedy’ meets Fight Club – Michael Cera plays Nick Twisp, who invents a cigarette-smoking, thin moustache-wearing, smooth-talking alter ego called François Dillinger so that he can impress a girl. Therefore, the film needs a good central performance or, rather, two performances; fortunately, Cera is up to the task…

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Notes On A Film: Up In The Air


This was a good film in all aspects: the script, adapted from a novel, was sharp and warm and resonant, but without being preachy; Jason Reitman directs with a sure touch, light when needed, visually interesting when necessary (this now makes three really good films he’s made in a row, after Thank You For Smoking and Juno); the acting from…

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Notes On A Film: Sherlock Holmes


There is something so innately British to Sherlock Holmes, it always surprises me that the character is one of a handful of fictional creations known the world over. I love the well-written stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, but I am not someone who thinks that there is only one interpretation of Holmes. I grew up watching the Basil Rathbone…

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Notes On A Film: The Book Of Eli


Ever since Dead Presidents, I’ve looked out for Hughes Brothers’ films. It’s a shame they haven’t done that many – they have a strong visual approach and a focus on what stories they want to tell. I enjoyed From Hell on its own merits – it’s a period cop-on-the-edge movie – even though (a) it’s not an actual adaptation of…

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Notes On A Film: Daybreakers


Ethan Hawke is not someone I immediately think of when discussing the idea of an ‘action hero’ (even after the remake of Assault on Precinct 13), let alone someone who appears in obvious genre movies. However, his nervy sensitivity is rather appropriate for his character in this film, which is an enjoyable slice of vampire-based action. The film is set…

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Notes On A Film: Avatar


Avatar was the last film I saw in the cinema in 2009; there is some symmetry in this because Avatar was supposed to take us into the new era of cinema with its immersive 3D technology, wowing audiences the world over and changing the way we interact with movies. This was wrong: the only thing that has changed is the…

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