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  • Father Brown

    Father Brown

    ★★★★

    Who would have thought it, an Ealing comedies' Father Brown? They capture him perfectly. Their brand of whimsical humour suits the tone of the stories. I thought that Donald Pleasance was the only man who could have caught Brown's eccentricity and humility, but Alec Guinness proved me wrong. Very solid support cast, of course.

    Some subtle, and very English, digs at the French. They are always fighting amongst themselves, and at one point, a taxi passes over some policemen because…

  • Blissfully Yours

    Blissfully Yours

    ★★★★

    There is no doubting Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s formal excellence, his mastery of tone and in particular mood. Blissfully Yours, his first feature, is split into two halves divided by the film’s credits which appear half way through. The first half focuses on the mundane and trivial, the petty unpleasantness of the characters in the urban environment. The second half takes place in a forest, by a gently flowing river, and was described by a friend as taking a youthful delight in…

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  • Moon

    Moon

    ★★★½

    What a central performance! Sam Rockwell carries a stuttering, but stylish, sci-fi drama about a "man" on his own in a space station. Despite having no other actor to play off (Spacey's voice was recorded in post), Rockwell maintains such high levels of energy. His ability to create such dissimilar, yet engaging, characters is a credit to his acting ability, and also to Duncan Jones' direction. He's a bit of an unsung hero in my view: his film "Source Code"…

  • Babette's Feast

    Babette's Feast

    ★★★★★

    Although a Danish film about a small protestant community seems an unlikely candidate to have made waves, "Babette’s Feast" is not only an Oscar winner, but also Pope Francis’ favourite film. It centres on Martine and Philippa, beautiful daughters of an austere protestant clergyman who preaches salvation through self-denial. We follow them from their youth up to old age, where duty continues to outweigh joy and they tend to their father’s dwindling congregation. The community have lived sparely, eaten simply,…