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

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  • Nolly

    ★★★★

  • The Most Hated Man on the Internet

    ★★★

  • Lemon

    ★★

  • Not Quite Hollywood

    ★★★

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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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  • Nolly

    Nolly

    ★★★★

    Noele Gordon (1919-1985) was the goddess of cheap UK soap opera, and one of my earliest TV memories was of her departure from 'Crossroads' in 1981, waving from the QE2.

    This was as bonkers as it sounds, and this drama dramatises the events around Noele's exit and what happened after.

    Helena Bonham Carter doesn't have a great deal of range, and is nothing like the real actress (the same can be said of Mark Gatiss as Larry Graysonl, but this is a nice tribute with some laughs and a sense of the proposterous.

    Recommended for those who remember wobbly sets and soap divas.

  • On a Paving Stone Mounted

    On a Paving Stone Mounted

    ★★★★

    An absolutely fascinating experimental film from Thaddeus O'Sullivan which marks the debut or early appearances of many actors including Stephen Rea, Gabriel Byrne, Miriam Margoyles, Paul Copley, Billy Murray and Peter Caffrey, plus a barnstrorming musical performance from a young Christy Moore.

    On the face of it, this looks at Irish immigrants in London, but it thrives on the strong tradition of storytelling and is an engrossing watch from beginning to end, with black and white photography and some interesting camera and sound choices.

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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…