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Film Review: “Argo”

When I was in prison in Iran in 2009, I was hoping for somebody like Tony Mendez to burst open the door to my cell and to whisk me to a waiting helicopter. Except that I hadn’t heard of him at the … Continue reading

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Easily Confused (32) Manuel Valls

Whenever I see Manuel Valls, the new French Prime Minister, I am reminded of Jamie McDonald (actor Paul Higgins), the “crossest man in Scotland” from the film In the Loop:

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Film Review: “Nebraska”

If only film studies would realize that with the budget for one science fiction or vampire film they could produce 10 road movies, I would go to the cinema more often. When I saw the trailer for Nebraska, I was … Continue reading

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The Road to Skyfall

When you get to a place and you think “I have been here before” but you know that you haven’t, then either the place looks eerily similar to one to which you have been (like most of the seaside towns … Continue reading

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Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013

Does it really matter if Nelson Mandela dies, as long as Morgan Freeman is still alive? And what does this say about the line between reality and film? Before you criticize me for publishing this now, keep in mind that … Continue reading

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James Gandolfini, 1961-2013

If you haven’t seen it yet, watch the political satire In the Loop, with James Gandolfini as General Miller. And for those who have already watched it, enjoy my favourite scene again:

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“The Life of Pie”

In my house, The Life of Pie is “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short”, as Thomas Hobbes would have put it. Well, this was definitely better than the film which had no pie in it at all.

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Charles Ramsey is Burma Jones

My most favourite character in literature is Burma Jones. The only black, the only sane, possibly the smartest and yet the funniest person in A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole, he works for “minimal wage” – not his only mispronunciation … Continue reading

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Film Review: James Bond “Skyfall”

It’s 2012 and time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the James Bond films which began with Dr. No in 1962. For that reason alone you should watch all James Bond films in chronological order before venturing to watch the … Continue reading

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Easily Confused, # 9

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