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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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  • The Boys from County Clare

    The Boys from County Clare

    ★★★

    I L<3ve Musicals!

    A piece of Irish whimsy which is trying to emulate Brassed Off and The Full Monty but which falls a bit flat.

    Colm Meaney and Bernard Hill are estranged brothers both leading traditional bands, heading for a competition. Both do their best to scupper the other's chances but things might not quite play out as planned.

    A very young Shaun Evans is in the mix providing a bit of love and conflict, and Andrea Corr is in…

  • Greed

    Greed

    ★★★

    I L<3ve Musicals!

    Nigel Evans's film of his "rock opera" is far from perfect but is a good example of what a low-budget film with a leftist view of politics can do.

    The town of Abertaff is ruled by greed and corruption in the guise of politics, law enforcement, the church and the media.

    The 1%, deemed parasites, and the masses, deemed sheep, tell an admittedly thin story through song (much of it more folk comment than rock opera). The…

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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…