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  • Appropriate Behavior

    Appropriate Behavior 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 18 Jul, 2015

    In this film (written, directed and starring Desiree Akhavan), Shirin is a young Iranian-American woman living in Brooklyn and trying (unsuccessfully) to have multiple identities. She wants to be a hip Brooklynite, have a successful career, and be a good Iranian daughter (which is why she hasn't told her parents that she's bisexual and in a relationship with a woman). At the start of the film, Shirin has just broken up with Maxine (a rather dour and serious woman who…

  • Love is Strange

    Love is Strange 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 04 Jul, 2015

    Such a sad, sweet, tender film. Ben (John Lithgow) and George (Alfred Molina) have been together for decades, but finally get married. Unfortunately, this leads to George being fired from his teaching job at a Catholic school, and they can no longer afford their apartment. Each has to live (separately) with friends, while they look for cheaper accommodation where they can be together.

    The film deals brilliantly with the difficult situation they find themselves in. Their friends obviously love them,…

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  • The Secret of Kells

    The Secret of Kells 2009

    ★★★★★ Watched 26 Nov, 2011

    Along with Grave of the Fireflies, I think this has to be the most beautiful animated film I've seen. I was entranced and stunned by the sheer style of it the whole way through. The story is based around the creation of the Book of Kells - an illuminated Gospel produced around 800 AD, but weaves in elements of Celtic mythology. The hero - a young monk called Brendan - lives in the monastery of Kells, where his Uncle is…

  • Venus

    Venus 2006

    ★★★½ Watched 12 Nov, 2011

    A blackly-comic film centred around three elderly actors, and the infatuation that Maurice (played by Peter O'Toole) develops for a young woman.

    It's such a treat to see a film focussing on older characters, and with such incredible actors, it becomes a privilege. For example, there are some wonderful scenes in which O'Toole, Leslie Phillips and Richard Griffiths sit in a cafe and chat. It's touching, funny, at times gloriously foul-mouthed, and I could watch an entire film in which…