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Contemporary cinema (3): “The Post”, “Baby Driver”, “Blade Runner 2049”

February 6th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

I’ve now attended three more weekly sessions at the City Literary Institute in central London of an evening course called “Contemporary Cinema: The Best Films Of The Year” conducted by the American John Wischmeyer. So far, the pattern has been that we view and discuss clips from an acclaimed recent film and then compare it […]

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A review of the new film “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

February 2nd, 2018 by Roger Darlington

When so many movies are franchise works or sequels or remakes, it’s such a pleasure to find a genuinely original film like “Three Billboards”. The plotting is unconventional with unexpected developments and most of the characters are complex (unfortunately two young women are presented as stereotypically dumb and a black cop as overly honourable). This […]

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Visions of light: a course on film technique and style

January 29th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

This weekend, I spent a day at the City Literary Institute attending a course by John Wischmeyer which examined film technique and style. We began by watching the opening scene of “Jaws”, discussing it, and then watching it again to notice better all the techniques deployed by director Steven Spielberg. The rest of the course […]

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A review of “The Couple Next Door” by Shari Lapena

January 24th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

This novel by Canadian writer Lapena is a domestic suspense drama in the vein of “Gone Girl” and “The Girl On The Train” and indeed some have dubbed it “Gone Baby”. It has been a major best-seller but, in spite of a strong opening and a racy style, it is not as satisfactory as the […]

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A review of the new film “The Post”

January 23rd, 2018 by Roger Darlington

Steven Spielberg is one of the most commercially and critically successful directors in the history of Hollywood. Meryle Streep and Tom Hamks are among the very finest actors of their generation but, until now, have never appeared in the same movie. So a work which brings together these three titans of the screen has to […]

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A review of the new film “Darkest Hour”

January 21st, 2018 by Roger Darlington

“Darkest Hour”, an account of Winston Churchill’s premiership in the few weeks before the evacuation from Dunkirk in May 1940, can be seen as complementary to two other recent films: “Dunkirk” by director Christopher Nolan and “Churchill” with Brian Cox in the eponymous role. It may be a coincidence that all three works have appeared […]

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A review of the new film “All The Money In The World”

January 19th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

This is an oddity of a film for at least three reasons. First, it tells an incredible story – except that it is true – of how the world’s richest man J Paul Getty refused to pay the ransom after his 16 year old grandson was kidnapped by the ‘Ndrangheta in Italy in 1973. Second, […]

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Ever wanted to catch up on some classic earlier movies?

January 17th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

Regular readers of NightHawk will know that I’m a massive film fan and review all the films I see for this blog and my web site. Most of the movies in question are current releases but, over the years, I’ve seen some classics and reviewed them too. If you wanted to buy, rent, or stream […]

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Contemporary cinema (2): “Dunkirk”

January 16th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

Last week I began another of the many courses that I’ve attended over the years at the City Literary Institute in central London. It is called “Contemporary Cinema: The Best Films Of The Year” and the lecturer is the American John Wischmeyer. The plan is that most weeks we will see and discuss clips from […]

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Contemporary cinema (1): “Detroit”

January 10th, 2018 by Roger Darlington

This week I began another of the many courses that I’ve attended over the years at the City Literary Institute in central London. It is called “Contemporary Cinema: The Best Films Of The Year” and the lecturer is the American John Wischmeyer. It is an evening course with one session each week for 10 weeks. […]

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