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  • Napoleon

    Napoleon

    ★★★★★

    One of my 1000 recommended films.

    I haven't seen this for quite a few years but today (all day) I watched this unique film on the big screen, in the 5 and a half hour Photoplay restoration with score conducted live by Carl Davis with the Philharmonia Orchestra.

    The story of how Kevin Brownlow has spent nearly half a century working on restoring this film to as close to Abel Gance's original vision as possible is well known - and…

  • West Side Story

    West Side Story

    ★★★★★

    One of my 1000 recommended films.

    Recently I saw the beautiful new print of this film directed by Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise, with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and can report that after fifty years it still looks amazing, with vibrant colours, a remarkably rich score, and performances that linger long in the memory.

    The doomed romance of the modern Romeo and Juliet, Polish American Tony (Richard Beymer, all teeth and eyelashes and so pretty…

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  • Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure

    Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure

    ★★★½

    I L<3ve Musicals!

    An enjoyable entry in the Disney Fairies series in which Tink and friends have to go on an epic adventure filled with danger. Beautiful animation and some very good songs keep this moving, and I enjoyed the nods to the pirate movies of the past, as well as the ongoing attempts at humour as well as the moral message of friendship and support.

  • My Dinner with Hervé

    My Dinner with Hervé

    ★★★★

    This is an excellent factional film about Hervé Villechaize (Tattoo in Fantasy Island) and the friendship he struck up with Sacha Gervasi in the last days of his life.

    Gervasi writes and directs here, but the friendship is instead transferred to one Danny Tate, an Irish journalist (Jamie Dornan) who is given two lucrative assignments in New York - one to do a funny piece on Villechaize (played brilliantly by Peter Dinklage), and the second to do a hatchet job…

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  • A Single Man

    A Single Man

    ★★★★

    This bittersweet film gets another star on a rewatch. It's Colin Firth's best performance in years as stuffy professor George Falconer ('it takes a long time to become George'), who suddenly finds himself bereaved by the sudden death of his partner Jim in a car accident, and finds it difficult to cope until he decides he needs to make a momentous decision.

    This being the 1960s he cannot talk openly about it, or even grieve, nor can he seek a…

  • Midnight Cowboy

    Midnight Cowboy

    ★★★★

    This was one of the films on my list of shame, I had been long aware of it but had never got around to seeing it, until now.

    I knew the theme was Nilsson's 'Everybody's Talkin'' and that Jon Voight's character was a would-be hustler, and Dustin Hoffman's character was a low-down dirty rat. But that's about it.

    The film is nothing like I expected. It has some fantastic moments - the way Voight and Hoffman eyeball each other as…