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  • L'affaire Dominici par Orson Welles

    L'affaire Dominici par Orson Welles

    ★★★½

    The best episode of Around the World with Orson Welles (1955) never aired, but a reconstruction is included on the Blu-ray, as the centrepiece of a documentary that explains the background, while never really clearing up why it was shelved. I doubt it would have been an all-time classic piece of TV, as there are too many holes in its storytelling, but it is valuable, and eerily fascinating, in featuring interviews with most of the key players in the Dominici…

  • Around the World with Orson Welles

    Around the World with Orson Welles

    ★★

    The pretentious bullshitter was always one of Welles' least appealing incarnations, one he'd roll out when under-prepared or out of his depth, and the persona dominates this spectacularly half-arsed TV series, now given the deluxe BFI Blu-ray treatment because it's Orson Welles.

    Made for the launch of Britain's first commercial TV channel, ITV, in 1955, it sounds promising: a mixture of travelogue, personal essay and occasionally art film, with its creator journeying from the Basque country to Vienna, Paris, London…

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  • Ghost World

    Ghost World

    ★★★★★

    You can take your Juno, your Scott Pilgrim, even your Heathers, and chuck them in a skip, because Ghost World just does it all so much better. Well, all of it that's worth doing. I'm beginning to think this melancholy, bitingly hilarious crystallisation of teen ennui might be the only film I'll ever really need.

  • Sideways

    Sideways

    ★★★★★

    Wine is probably the most boring subject on Earth, so how come Payne’s film about a lonely, bitter best man (Paul Giamatti) taking the soon-to-be-groom (Thomas Haden Church) on a week-long tour of vineyards is so bloody good? Perhaps because of Giamatti’s astonishing characterisation, which imbues an arrogant, self-destructive, self-hating pseud with a completely disarming humanity. Or perhaps because it’s not really about wine at all, but love and friendship and the choices that people make that end up deciding…