My favourite films from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s

Recently I got into a conversation with my partner about old films. Classic films. And it turns out I’ve not seen that many, so I can’t really call myself a cinephile. Because – and here’s where I ‘fess up – I’ve seen ALMOST NOTHING from before 1950. It’s an issue I’m – very slowly –… Continue reading My favourite films from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s

American Hustle: another stone cold zinger from David O. Russell?

Big hair, big actors, big performances and small dresses. That’s what you get from this latest offering by writer-director David O. Russell – the man behind award winning films, Silver Linings Playbook and The Fighter. Set in the ’70s and loosely following the FBI Abscam operation, we start with our main character, conman Irving Rosenfeld… Continue reading American Hustle: another stone cold zinger from David O. Russell?

Rush: fear, rivalry, a playboy and a rat

‘With fear, you must prevent nor cure. Fear must not be allowed to take hold in the first place. If you are in a canoe, never listen to the roar of the rapid ahead before you let go of the river bank. Just do it!’ Sir Ranulph Fiennes Some great men and women are defined… Continue reading Rush: fear, rivalry, a playboy and a rat

Bittersweet biopic – The Look of Love

I saw this at an advance screening back in November 2012. It doesn’t come out till the start of March in the UK, but as that’s realistically not that far off, let’s review! The Look of Love is about the life and career of Paul Raymond aka the ‘King of Soho’, played by Steve Coogan.… Continue reading Bittersweet biopic – The Look of Love