Movie & TV Reviews and Comments

Well Now….

I just thought I would share a couple of things I have enjoyed recently: 1. Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything. These days I have a thrice weekly commute. It’s not massive but it is deserving of an audiobook. I got this on a whim at my local library and I love it! […]

Recent Recommendations: Film

On Saturdays I have tracksuit trouser night. This involves exchanging every iota of basic pride in appearance for the unabated joy of elasticated waistbands, velour, huge t-shirts, lying star-shaped on my couch and eating Snickers. It’s an attractive picture isn’t it? It’s probably best that the mister is out working on tracksuit trouser night or […]

Oh Simple Thing

I’m being simple at the moment. I don’t know if it is all the uncertainty (visa applications pending) or the new baby or just a time to reprioritise but I have slowed right down and for now, I have let a lot of things go. I have, however, been spending a lot of my snatched […]

Pavlov’s Theme Tune

I had forgotten that it is a rarity with a new baby to get time with both hands. Most of my emails these days don’t feature the two-handed feat of capitilisation. With all of this chair-bound, one-handed time, I have watched lots of re-runs of The Office (U.S), so much so that Quinn now stops […]


Reading: The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien. Gratefully reading it, I should say. That and Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe – sigh, bit hard to get into but yes, I am relieved that my moral character won’t be tainted by reading it. Drawing: These are the (very) raw beginnings of a couple of bits […]

My Top Ten Films of 2010

1. Bright Star (beautiful, lyrical, subtle, watch it again and again and it will continue to reward.) 2. The Wrestler (tragic and truthful). 3. Frost/Nixon (love a good meaty character exploration and in the words of Neil Young, “even Richard Nixon has got soul”) 4. A Collection of 2007 Academy Award Nominated Short Films (I […]

Treasure for your chest # 4

Bright Star. Oh I love this film, deeply. Jane Campion made this film about Keats, not because she was particularly fond of his poetry but because she connected with his way of seeing the world and being an artist: he said he wanted a life of sensations, not thoughts, and I understood that I was […]

Epiphanies not comedies

I watched Up In The Air last night. Something is happening with narratives of late. Something good. I’ve noticed it in a lot of films that have been made in the last couple of years (i.e. 500 Days of Summer, Adam, Punch-Drunk Love, The Wrestler, Lars & The Real Girl). They all leave things in […]