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  • Locke

    Locke 2013

    ★★★★★ Watched 28 May, 2016

    Do you fancy watching a film set entirely in a car as a man drives from Birmingham to London on the eve of Europe's largest concrete pour? No? Well, that might have been my initial response too, but Tom Hardy (and the excellent cast of actors who appear voice-only in phone conversations) carry this rather unpromising premise off brilliantly.

    Ivan Locke (a nod to the philosopher) is an experienced and very steady site engineer, responsible for the previously mentioned record-breaking…

  • Suffragette

    Suffragette 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 14 May, 2016

    Yes, it doesn't tell the whole story (for example, the idealogical differences between the suffragists and the sufragettes), yes, it focusses on an invented character, Maude, instead of the real historical individuals involved (though some like Pankhurst and Wilding Davison do feature). It's not a perfect film. Despite all that, I found it very moving and infuriating: what did the government of the day think would happen if they gave women the vote, that the world would end?

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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…