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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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  • I Can Only Imagine

    I Can Only Imagine

    ★★½

    I L<3ve Musicals!

    A Christian film which is a little bit paint by numbers, and which doesn't seem to be aware of its own ironies ("Surely that's not his own voice?" - if it is, it is poorly dubbed!).

    Bart Millard is a quiet child with a nasty dad who was a football star but has now hit hard times and the bottle. The film doesn't really take a pause for the first half-hour by which time Bart is the…

  • Love, Gilda

    Love, Gilda

    ★★★★

    I L<3ve Musicals!

    It's staggering to think it has gone thirty years since we lost Gilda Radner, a little fireball of comedic and musical energy who was such fun on Saturday Night Live and in a handful of films.

    This film looks at Radner's life and career from her own words, clips and recordings. Her first professional stage role in Godspell, her one-woman shows, her character creations, her relationships (including marriages to guitarists GE Smith and actor Gene Wilder) and…

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  • 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…

  • 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…