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  • The Body Beautiful

    The Body Beautiful

    Yesterday I spent the day with my mother and brother, we'd got together to visit my aunt who is dying. As I sat by my aunt's bed holding her hand we talked about our family's bodies. It's so strange to see this film so soon afterwards as Ngozi and her mother discuss their bodies and how they're different or similar and how sickness can affect feelings about a body.

    My aunt was until recently so strong and now she can't…

  • Hommage à Zgougou (et salut à Sabine Mamou)

    Hommage à Zgougou (et salut à Sabine Mamou)

    Agnes Varda loves cats, they often show up in her films and her relationship with and love for her own Zgougou is shared in this short. "She's an old angel with a kitten's soul". The other cat in the house, Bernard, accepts that she's the queen, as we all must accept the will of the cats in our lives.

    It's an extra on The Gleaners and I disk of Artificial Eye's The Agnes Varda Collection Volume 1 and is also on YouTube.

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  • Titanic

    Titanic

    Today marks the 5000th day I've been with my partner. I was going to celebrate by writing about a film we shared and loved together but instead I'll write about our meeting.

    In 1997-1998 I worked in a cinema ostensibly to save money for university but I actually spent it all on booze. We persuaded a colleague to hold an Oscar night party and so my workmates and I watched the 1997 Oscars together. One workmate brought a friend who…

  • The History Boys

    The History Boys

    ★★½

    Bizarre film in which a witty script is undermined by the message that the very best, most inspirational teachers fondle their students.

    It did make me want to watch Brief Encounter again though.