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A review of the new film “Everything Everywhere All At Once”

May 23rd, 2022 by Roger Darlington

I’ve been viewing films on a regular basis for some six decades and have clocked up almost 3,000 in that time. This particular one must be a strong candidate for the most weird and wonderful work that I’ve seen. The title itself is marvellous, up there with “Doctor Strange In The Madness Of The Multiverse” […]

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A review of the 2008 movie “The Incredible Hulk”

May 21st, 2022 by Roger Darlington

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) was kicked off with “Ironman” in the summer of 2008 and the latest addition to the immensely-successful franchise is “Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness” in the summer of 2022. In the intervening 14 years, there have been no less than 28 MCU movies and I’ve seen everyone at […]

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A review of the new movie “Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness”

May 8th, 2022 by Roger Darlington

Any film that has one of the words ‘strange’, ‘multiverse’ or ‘madness’ in the title is going to attract my interest and one that features all three in the title is cat-nip to me. Anyway it’s a Marvel movie and I never miss one of these. So expectations were high when I booked an early […]

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A review of a war film with a difference: “The Forgotten Battle”

April 12th, 2022 by Roger Darlington

There have, of course, been numerous films about the Second World War, but this 2020 offering is a bit different: the conflict in question was in The Netherlands, it is a Dutch production, and it is the first Dutch film from Netflix.  Inspired by true events, this is a portrayal of the Battle of Scheldt […]

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A review of “Operation Finale”, a film on the abduction of Nazi leader Adolf Eichmann

April 6th, 2022 by Roger Darlington

I was 13 when, in 1961, the Nazi leader Adolf Eichmann – a major architect of the Holocaust – was tried in Israel and I remember reading about the proceedings in the newspaper. This 2018 film is largely about the operation, conducted by agents of Mossad and Shin Bet, to abduct Eichmann from his home […]

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What is the sacred secret of what women want?

April 4th, 2022 by Roger Darlington

I recently caught up with the 2007 film “P.S. I Love You” [my review here] and I enjoyed this exchange of dialogue: Daniel Connelly: I don’t meant to throw this at you from left field, but what do women want? I mean, I can’t figure it out. They want us to ask; they, they don’t […]

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Have you ever visited – or wanted to visit – the Peruvian site of Machu Picchu?

April 4th, 2022 by Roger Darlington

Well, as this recent article explains, a new academic paper argues that, since its rediscovery in 1911, the site has been known by the wrong name. A Peruvian historian and a leading US archaeologist argue that the UNESCO world heritage site was known by its Inca inhabitants as Huayna Picchu – the name of a […]

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A review of the new Norwegian film “The Worst Person In The World”

March 31st, 2022 by Roger Darlington

Joachim Trier is the co-writer and director of this Norwegian-language, Oslo-set, award-winning romantic drama which managed to secure – but not win – Academy Award nominations for Best International Film and Best Original Screenplay. Structured in 12 chapters with prologue and epilogue, it tells the story of Julie, who becomes 30 in the course of […]

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A review of the new film “Passing”

March 21st, 2022 by Roger Darlington

The title of this film refers to the practice of a light-skinned African-Americans passing themselves off as white, a situation which apparently was quite common in the 1920s when this story is set. The central characters are Irene (Tessa Thompson) and Clare (Ruth Negga), former New York City school friends who meet after a long […]

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A review of the new film “Ali & Ava”

March 19th, 2022 by Roger Darlington

This British film, both written and directed by Yorkshire-born Clio Barnard, is a tender love story – but an unconventional one in many respects. First, the setting: the work was shot entirely on location in Bradford with its terraced houses and grim vistas. Then the structure: while it follows the classic three-part narrative of friendship, […]

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