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  • Operation Corned Beef

    Operation Corned Beef

    ★★★½

    I’ve actually seen this French comic spy thriller several times and it still tickles my ribs.

    Reno is perfectly cast as a French agent who via various plot manipulations must keep neurotic psychologist Christian Clavier in tow. Matters get further complicated when Reno discovers that his fiancée has been ordered to sleep with the shrink who believes that he’s God’s gift to women and that his rival is impotent.

    This was the first pairing of Clavier and Reno followed by…

  • C'est la vie!

    C'est la vie!

    ★★★★★

    Apparently your wedding day is supposed to be the best day of your life - a concept that worried me as by implication, it would all go downhill from there and so much of the planning could go wrong.

    I got married in 1980 on a glorious July afternoon in Bordeaux with a modest reception in a quaint little hotel lasting well into the early hours of the morning.  Around 20 of my friends and family managed to make it…

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  • Nocturnal Animals

    Nocturnal Animals

    ★★★½

    I'm not surprised this film has divided opinions so widely as I'm not even sure I liked it!

    First I could have done without the opening sequence which was entirely unnecessary and exploitative.

    Secondly the story with a story was more engrossing and far longer than that from which it sprung.

    Several well known actors barely get a look in and I was feeling that perhaps Amy Adams was robbed of an Oscar Nomination until I realised that in the…

  • Thelma & Louise

    Thelma & Louise

    ★★★★½

    Are we absolutely sure this was directed by Ridley Scott rather his brother Tony? It’s much more in the latter’s lighter style (apart from the very intense early scene outside the nightclub).

    Admittedly Ridley’s output is at its best when there’s a great scriptwriter as here where for once  and as a result Mr Scott has given prize leading roles to women.

    Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis never surpassed their brilliant work here and their chemistry is so palpable.

    With…