The Mighty One

Documenting a 1952 road trip from Buenos Aires, through Patagonia, up through Chile and the Atacama Desert, Macchu Picchu in Peru, the Amazon and ultimately Caracas in Venezuela, the movie The Motorcycle Diaries could have run like a NatGeo South American travelogue. Filming in over 30 locations (many of them haven’t changed much in the last half…

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Visit (Little) Britain

So it’s official: Edina and Patsy and Harvey Nicks are just the tip of the iceberg….. According to Sky News, Comedy Shows in the UK are being harnessed by the ever-inventive Visit Britain crowd to drive tourism across the country. Says Sky; They have published a comic map which includes Billericay in Essex, where comedy…

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Notting Hill

It’s hard to believe it’s been ten years since Julia Roberts graced the streets of London in Notting Hill. It was on TV again over the weekend: a “what happens” when a megastar meets and falls in love with quite a normal chap. Even if the chap is floppy Hugh Grant. What happens when a…

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Friday Night Lights

OK, so it’s been hectic and there’s not been a lot of time for movie watching. Instead, I did see the first couple of episodes of Holly Hunter’s first foray into TV, the oddly bi-polar Saving Grace. It’s part Walker, Texas Ranger, part Touched by an Angel. Though the drunk and wayward cop thing has been…

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An entirely different moral universe: Hackney

I loved David Cronenberg’s History of Violence, which was widely critiqued as a blistering commentary on all the aggression and brutality behind America’s “have-a-nice-day-now” civility. So I wondered what I’d make of Eastern Promises, Cronenberg’s latest movie, now that he turns his attention to London. Eastern Promises is set in a place called London Fields, a patch of parkland in the borough of Hackney next to Broadway Market. And…

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Atonement

Finally saw Atonement over the weekend. Hadn’t been until now, because I’m a noisy sobber, and I didn’t want to embarass myself with too much loud and protracted weeping. But: I’m glad I saw it. It’s a beautifully-made film, with a truly memorable score, great costumes and period locations that are recreated with vivid attention to detail….

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Shirley Valentine

We have a pet hate in our family; the incessant and omnipresent Greek Tourism ad that tops and tails movie news on CNN. At 59 seconds, the (admittedly well-produced) spot seems longer than the snippet of film news it supports. Now in comparison, last night we caught Shirley Valentine on tv. It’s a great little movie…

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