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  • Their Finest

    Their Finest


    March Around the World 2018 #17 UK

    Chosen because of the WW2 setting and film making subject. Plus the protagonist works for the Ministry of Information which is now my workplace.

    Included in the challenge because after a day of staring closely at a computer screen my eyes couldn't cope with subtitles.

    Disappointed that Senate House is only shown briefly. Loved Catrin and Phyl, and Helen McCrory's character. Was overall better than I expected. The film within a film, the…

  • Hasan Arbakesh

    Hasan Arbakesh


    March Around the World 2018 #5 Tajikistan

    Chosen because it’s one of 10 films in the set “Two epochs of national self-determination in Central Asian cinema, the 60s and 90s”. I saw two great films from the collection last year so resolved to see the rest.

    Hasan Arbakesh tells the story of a man who makes his living driving a horse-pulled cart and taking passengers or goods. Hasan is a good man and clearly liked by his neighbours, but he’s…

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  • 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


    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.