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  • Under Capricorn

    Under Capricorn

    ★★★★

    'I hate costume pictures... I was once asked at the San Francisco press club why I didn't make costume pictures, and I said: "One, I'm not good at it and two, for me, nobody in a costume picture ever goes to the toilet!"' (Alfred Hitchcock)

    Brief Synopsis: An impoverished cousin of the new governor of Sydney (Michael Wilding) becomes embroiled in the lives of a dipsomaniac Irish aristocrat he new years ago back in the 'old country' (Ingrid Bergman) and…

  • The Music Box

    The Music Box

    ★★★★★

    'Yes, officer, he kicked me! Right in the middle of my daily duties!' (Lilyan Irene as the nursemaid)

    So when my son-and-heir - aged 23 months and 5 days - decided it would be a really superb idea to wake up at 5 o'clock this morning and then stubbornly refused to go back to sleep, even after listening to my (admittedly) tuneless rendition of Elton John and Bernie Taupin's timeless song Daniel, I admitted defeat and took Daniel - for…

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  • In a Lonely Place

    In a Lonely Place

    ★★★★★

    5 Reasons why this film is a masterpiece:

    1. It's the best film Nicholas Ray ever made; a noir-tinged drama rendered in dark visuals of exhilarating beauty.

    2. It showcases probably the greatest performance of Bogie's career as the short-fused screenwriter Dix Steele, a character he imbues with a neurotic edge that is frightening in its intensity.

    3. This dialogue: 'I was born when she kissed me. I died when she left me. I lived a few weeks while she loved me'.

    4. Gloria Grahame is in it.

    5. It just 'is', OK?!

  • Trouble in Paradise

    Trouble in Paradise

    ★★★★½

    Here we have a typically sophisticated and fashionable comedy graced by the renowned Lubitsch 'Touch'; a film which wears its amorality as a badge of pride and notable for the quickfire wit and acting skills of Miriam Hopkins and Herbert Marshall as they portray jewel thieves plying their trade across Continental Europe.

    This is a production of such elegance and lightness that we can only weep for an art form seemingly lost forever..