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  • Napoleon
  • The Innocents
  • Gone with the Wind
  • The Devils

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  • Terminals

    ★★★½

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  • Napoleon

    Napoleon

    ★★★★★

    One of my 1000 recommended films.

    I haven't seen this for quite a few years but today (all day) I watched this unique film on the big screen, in the 5 and a half hour Photoplay restoration with score conducted live by Carl Davis with the Philharmonia Orchestra.

    The story of how Kevin Brownlow has spent nearly half a century working on restoring this film to as close to Abel Gance's original vision as possible is well known - and…

  • West Side Story

    West Side Story

    ★★★★★

    One of my 1000 recommended films.

    Recently I saw the beautiful new print of this film directed by Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise, with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and can report that after fifty years it still looks amazing, with vibrant colours, a remarkably rich score, and performances that linger long in the memory.

    The doomed romance of the modern Romeo and Juliet, Polish American Tony (Richard Beymer, all teeth and eyelashes and so pretty…

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  • Terminals

    Terminals

    ★★★½

    Distortion of sound and vision characterises this short avant-garde film from Sandra Lahire, placing the women who work in the nuclear power space in the front of her feminist text.

    The monotony of the work, the danger of it, the lack of control demonstrated, is all conveyed in just seventeen minutes. The visuals are strangely beautiful as is common across this director's work; the message strong and powerful.

  • Finding Your Feet

    Finding Your Feet

    ★★★½

    Fairly typical grey-pound gentle comedy, undemanding and tackling some topics like terminal illness, widowhood, divorce, and sibling estrangement without being too gloomy.

    A good cast (Imelda Staunton, Celia Imrie, Timothy Spall, David Hayman, Joanna Lumley, John Sessions) lift this one up, and although it does lapse into the typical late-life cliches, it does fit the bill if you want something entertaining without having to think about it too much.

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  • Midnight Cowboy

    Midnight Cowboy

    ★★★★

    This was one of the films on my list of shame, I had been long aware of it but had never got around to seeing it, until now.

    I knew the theme was Nilsson's 'Everybody's Talkin'' and that Jon Voight's character was a would-be hustler, and Dustin Hoffman's character was a low-down dirty rat. But that's about it.

    The film is nothing like I expected. It has some fantastic moments - the way Voight and Hoffman eyeball each other as…

  • A Single Man

    A Single Man

    ★★★★

    This bittersweet film gets another star on a rewatch. It's Colin Firth's best performance in years as stuffy professor George Falconer ('it takes a long time to become George'), who suddenly finds himself bereaved by the sudden death of his partner Jim in a car accident, and finds it difficult to cope until he decides he needs to make a momentous decision.

    This being the 1960s he cannot talk openly about it, or even grieve, nor can he seek a…