Archive for the ‘Cultural issues’ Category


A review of the novel “Tightrope”

February 19th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

“The Girl Who Fell From The Sky” [my review here] was a very well-written work that introduced us to a fascinating character, newly-recruited wartime SOE agent Marian Sutro. The novel ended dramatically and the sequel “Tightrope” explains what happened to Marian and what she did next. It is an excellent work which I have reviewed […]

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A review of the film “Maggie’s Plan”

February 18th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

I bet you missed this film which was released last year. It came in under the radar and disappeared too quickly for me to catch it at the cinema. But now I’ve seen it on the small screen and I feel that, as well as being under-known, it’s under-rated. You can read my review here.

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“Love Actually” revisited – love it!

February 16th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

We loved the characters in the the 2013 Christmas film classic “Love Actually”. But what has actually happened to them in the intervening 13 years? Well, it seems that we are about to find out in a 10-minute special catch-up being produced to boost charity appeals in Britain and America. Titled “Red Nose Day Actually”, […]

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And the winner is .. the 2017 BAFTA AWards

February 13th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

This evening, I spent a very enjoyable two hours watching the BBC1 coverage of this year’s British Academy Film Awards. In Stephen Fry’s hosting and in the acceptance speeches, there were lots of allusions – some direct, others indirect – to the arrival of Trump in the White House and the role of cinema in fostering understanding and […]

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A review of the film of “Me Before You”

February 12th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

I haven’t read the book, but I have now seen the film and you can read my review here.

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Three very different films on my three-day weekend

February 5th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

As those who know me will attest, I’m a massive movie fan and rare is the week when I don’t see a film either at the cinema or on television. This weekend, I managed to view a film each day and they were very different. On Friday, it was “Chappie” – my review here. On […]

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A review of the novella “Of Mice And Men”

February 3rd, 2017 by Roger Darlington

It’s taken me 68 years but I’ve finally got round to reading Steinbeck famous classic and you can read my short review here.

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My review of “La La Land”

January 28th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

You’ve heard so much already about the new musical which is storming the awards ceremonies and you’ll hear a lot more, but does it deserve the hype? Time for you to read my review here.

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Reviews of the book and the film “The Girl On The Train”

January 26th, 2017 by Roger Darlington

Seven months ago, I read the novel “The Girl On The Train” by Paula Hawkins and reviewed it here. I have now seen the film adaptation starring Emily Blunt and reviewed it here.

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Word of the day: Selah

January 22nd, 2017 by Roger Darlington

According to the relevant Wikipedia page, Selah is a word used 74 times in the Hebrew Bible – 71 times in the Psalms and three times in Habakkuk. The meaning of the word is not known, but it is probably either a liturgico-musical mark or an instruction on the reading of the text, something like […]

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