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  • EMI: The Inside Story

    EMI: The Inside Story

    ★★★½

    From cameras, computers and radar to one of the top music labels, EMI (originally standing for Electric and Musical Industries) was at the top of the tree from 1931 to 2012, with artists like Alma Cogan, Helen Shapiro, The Beatles, the London Symphony Orchestra, Frank Sinatra, Cliff Richard, and more.

    The company also got in early on the television boom, with the EMI-Marconi system, and in diversifying their music operation into easily identifiable brands (HMV, Parlophone, Columbia, Capitol) and in…

  • Song Without End

    Song Without End

    ★★

    #51 in The films of George Cukor.

    I have always thought about this film as "Film Without End" because of its intermidable length and complete miscasting of Dirk Bogarde as Liszt.

    It has an interesting supporting cast, with Capucine, Patricia Morison, Lyndon Brook and Geneviève Page, but sadly it just isn't very good. Charles Vidor was the original director, but died during production, being replaced by George Cukor who did what he could with the stodgy screenplay by Oscar Millard.…

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  • 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…

  • Licence to Kill

    Licence to Kill

    ★★★★½

    One of my favourite Bond films, this one shook off the Moore-era humour and instead had something far more violent and realistic.

    Carey Lowell is a wonderfully sparky girl associate for 007, even if Talisa Soto is a bit of a drip. The basic premise of this one is that Bond goes solo and rogue after witnessing the murder of his friend Felix Leiter's bride on her wedding day, and the mutilation of Leiter.

    The bad guys are an international…