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A review of “The President Is Missing” by Bill Clinton and James Patterson

June 13th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

“Billed as “With details only a president could know and the kind of suspense only James Patterson can deliver”, this political thriller has been a best-seller and is set to to be turned into an ongoing drama series for television. So does it justify the hype? Of course, not.  On the plus side, it is […]

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A review of the classic 1930 film “The Blue Angel”

June 11th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

This was the film that acted as a bridge from the silent to the sound era for the career of noted Austrian-American director Josef von Sternberg and propelled to stardom its female lead, the then little-known Marlene Dietrich. It was produced simultaneously in German and English language versions and I saw it in German as […]

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Went to see “The Blue Angel” last night and heard this in German …

June 11th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

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A review of the new superhero movie “X-Men: Dark Phoenix”

June 9th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

Including “The Wolverine” and “Logan” but excluding spin offs (the Deadpool” films), this is the 10th “X-Men” movie and it looks like the last. Set in the early 1990s a decade after the events of “X-Men: Apocalypse”, the story revolves around the acquisition of extraordinary powers by Jean Grey (aka the eponymous Dark Phoenix) played […]

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A review of “The Last Temptation Of Boris”

May 31st, 2019 by Roger Darlington

The Park Theatre in London’s Finsbury Park is a small venue but puts on some interesting plays. This week, I went to see the deeply satirical play “The Last Temptation Of Boris” written by Jonathan Maitland and starring Will Barton in the eponymous role with most of the other actors playing more than one character. […]

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A review of the new film “Rocketman”

May 30th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

Inevitably, this bio-pic of British singer/songwriter Elton John will be compared with “Bohemian Rhapsody”, the film about British rock group Queen, since both were directed by Dexter Fletcher and they were released with less than a year between them. But Dexter only worked on “Bohemian Rhapsody” for three weeks, following the firing of Bryan Singe,r […]

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A review of the newly re-released 1964 film “Dr. Strangelove” (1964)

May 24th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

“Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb” – to use its full title – was directed. co-produced and co-written by Stanely Kubrick with the other writing credits going to the author of the book on which it was based (“Red Alert” by Peter George) and noted satirist Terry Southern. […]

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Word day: folderol

May 22nd, 2019 by Roger Darlington

I had never heard this word until I saw it used in the House of Commons today by Conservative Member of Parliament Jacob Rees-Mogg. It means “nonsensical fuss” and was used in the context of the current state of the Brexit fiasco.

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The spellbinding voice and tragic life of the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin

May 21st, 2019 by Roger Darlington

“Amazing Grace” is a newly-released documentary that few will see on the big screen but I was fortunate enough to catch at the cinema at the weekend. “Amazing Grace” was the title of the best-selling album of the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin. It was recorded over two nights in January 1972 at the New […]

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The growing success of the “John Wick” film franchise

May 19th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

First, there was “John Wick” [my review here]; this was followed by “John Wick: Chapter 2” [my review here]; and, now newly-released we have “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum”. The word ‘parabellum’ is Latin for ‘prepare for war’ and also a calibre of bullet so, even if you haven’t seen the previous two films […]

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