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  • The Duke of Burgundy

    The Duke of Burgundy 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 22 Aug, 2015

    I think this might end up being one of my favourite films of all time.

    Full review here.

  • X+Y

    X+Y 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 01 Aug, 2015

    Our hero is Nathan, a young boy who has been diagnosed on the autistic spectrum and is also brilliant at maths. He has the chance to be selected for the UK team for the International Maths Olympiad, and is tutored by a teacher with MS (played by Rafe Spall), who also entered the Olympiad, back in the day.

    Meanwhile, his mother struggles to get any connection with him, as Nathan is withdrawn, feeling like he doesn't fit in anywhere, until…

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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…