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  • The Golden Hawk

    The Golden Hawk


    The Golden Hawk (Sidney Salkow, 1952) 4/10

    Old fashioned swashbuckler, based on a bestseller by Frank Yerby, has wooden Sterling Hayden as a french sea captain clashing with a female pirate (Rhonda Fleming) as they take on the Governor of Cartagena (John Sutton). The Franco-English-Spanish War of the 17th century is the backdrop for this adventure film involving sea battles, gold bullion, a kidnapped heiress (Helena Carter) and the hangman's noose. Totally unspectacular despite a couple of well staged action…

  • A Suitable Boy

    A Suitable Boy


    A Suitable Boy (Mira Nair, 2020) 7/10

    Vikram Seth's sprawling epic novel has been brought to the television screen as a 6-part miniseries by Mira Nair. The book is one of the longest English language novels published in a single volume and the tv adaptation probably doesn't do it full justice in just 6 episodes. The story is a fascinating look at a newly post-independence, post-partition India as the story, set in 1951, follows the lives of four families, and…

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  • The Lacemaker

    The Lacemaker


    La dentelliére / The Lacemaker (Claude Goretta, 1977) 9/10

    Sad, gentle, heartbreaking fable about a relationship destroying a tender heart. A shy lonely girl (Isabelle Huppert) working in a beauty salon meets a shy bourgeoise student and they move in together - he studies while she passively looks after the apartment going about her dull job. She has no ambition, hardly talks and her dull presence causes the man to break off the affair leading to her breakdown. This is…

  • Rebecca



    Rebecca (Ben Wheatley, 2020) 5/10

    I've been waiting in dread ever since it was announced that my favourite Hitchcock film was getting another big screen remake. It's always rather unfair to any remake to be compared to the original but its inevitable that one ends up doing it. The original in this case is a much loved classic and a masterpiece to boot. I never understand why Hollywood churns out remakes. An answer always given is that it is to…