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  • Just Jim

    Just Jim 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 19 Nov, 2016

    A very assured directorial debut from Craig Roberts, with a quirky, downbeat, dark, but often funny film about not fitting in. Sometimes I think you can judge the quality of a film by the tiny incidental characters, and the guy on the bridge walking his dog broke my heart. There was just enough suggested about him that you really wanted to know more.

  • Borrowed Time

    Borrowed Time 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 05 Nov, 2016

    Touching and funny comedy drama about a basically good-hearted but rather hapless lad in trouble meeting a man who has given up on life. Ninja Nigel will stay in my mind for a while...

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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…