Dog Weepies 2

In the order in which I watched them: Old Yeller (1957); Dean Spanley (2008); All Dogs Go to Heaven (1991); Lassie Come Home (1943). Please click on image for reviews ...

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Bait

A strange intriguing scary but at times hilarious film in old-style monochrome from Cornish director Mark Jenkin about class war in a Cornish fishing village. Please click on image to read more ...

Dog Weepies 1

For my recent birthday I asked my daughters to get me as many as they could of the 10 DVDs ranked in the Guardian by film critic Anne Billson as the top ten Dog Weepies. My Dog Skip (dir: Jay Russell, 2000, starring Frankie Muniz, Kevin Bacon, and wonderful Enzo - who played Eddie in Frasier - as Skip, see above) is pretty much my idea of a perfect dog movie, touching as it does on a number of themes (coming-of-age, the construction of masculinity) and having at its heart a warm, believable, unsentimental relationship between human (boy) and dog. In the Guardian it was ranked at 7. How would the other films compare? Please click on image to find out ...

Don’t Look Now / Performance

The Watershed was showing these two Nicolas Roeg films in a double bill as part of its retrospective season of classics, curated by Mark Cosgrove. My friend Helen Taylor, who was introducing Don’t Look Now, invited me to see both of them with her. Please click on image to find out what we thought ...

I, Tonya

This is the funny, gripping, tragic, true tale of Tonya Harding, world champion figure skater and first ever to perform the Triple Axel in competition. Please click on image for full review ...

The Sisters Brothers

It’s some time since I saw Jacques Audiard’s previous films, A Prophet and Rust and Bone, but I seem to remember that in both of them we saw how some of the best aspects of human behaviour – generosity, thoughtfulness, idealism – can spring out of harsh and violent surroundings, and take us by surprise; so too, here, in the beautiful landscape of America’s west coast where the greed for gold drives all men. Please click on image to read more ...   

The Favourite

What a pleasure to watch this dynamic, colourful, stylish, noisy, tragicomic film about three remarkable women, played with élan by Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone; set in the court of Queen Anne, it is a psychological rather than a costume drama, but with utterly splendid costumes nonetheless ... Please click on image to read more ...

Shoplifters

This Palme d’Or winner is a film about loneliness and love in the modern world; it is at once specifically Japanese and yet simultaneously universal. Please click on image to read more ...

The Wife

Early one morning, when novelist Joseph Castleman and his wife Joan are still in bed, the phone rings. It’s Stockholm. Castleman has won the Nobel Prize for Literature. From there it all begins to unravel in this gripping, suspenseful, and at times very funny film. Please click on image to read more ...