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  • The Death of Stalin

    The Death of Stalin


    The darkest of dark comedies, this manages to be both hilarious and chilling at the same time. A fantastic ensemble cast, a script that whips along at a terrific pace, and a plot that highlights the horrific aspects of Stalin's regime by making jokes around those aspects (but never directly about them).

    I also loved the fact that there was no attempt by the mostly British and North American cast to put on Russian accents. This works perfectly: a Cockney…

  • The Dresser

    The Dresser


    With two acting greats like Anthony Hopkins and Ian McKellen, and great support from Emily Watson, Sarah Lancashire, and Edward Fox, it’s hard to see how this could fail as a film. An amazing, claustrophobic insight into theatrical life, we see ‘Sir’, and old, theatrical warhorse nearly on his last legs, and his devoted dresser, Norman, trying to persuade him into one more performance of King Lear. The interplay between the two characters was superb, and each by turns was…

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  • The Secret of Kells

    The Secret of Kells


    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



    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…