Le Mans ’66, The White Tiger, Assassins and others – Screen Time January 2021

Seven films in one month is quite a poor achievement for me, and as I type these words, I’m trying to work out why I didn’t treat myself to more in-house cinematic outings. But the reasons aren’t forthcoming. Was it all to do with the extra-grey, Covid-enhanced January malaise by which so many of us seemed to be dragged down? Or was I just a bit too busy with writing commitments? I feel certain that, had we been in the ‘normal world’ (what does that even mean any more?) I would have managed to go to the cinema on more than seven occasions, but in the all-pervading spirit of counting our blessings, I suppose I ought to declare that seven is better than none.

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Film Review: Contagion [dir. Steven Soderbergh; 2011]

Soderbergh’s movies tend to be so slick and stylised, that they often convince you they’ll be memorable whilst you’re actually watching them. But as the days after the initial viewing pass, you realise that they’ve left you with little more than a sense of… well, slickness and stylishness. Contagion is a case in point. It’s a brisk, confident, thoroughly gripping story of the consequences of … Continue reading Film Review: Contagion [dir. Steven Soderbergh; 2011]

Film Review: Inside Job [dir: Charles Ferguson; 2010]

How many times have you heard yourself saying that you “don’t really get this whole ‘financial crisis’ thing”? Well, it won’t qualify you to write a PhD on the subject, but Inside Job will certainly go some way towards explaining why, for instance, governments around the western world currently feel obliged to make savage cuts to public sector budgets and why bankers continue to provoke … Continue reading Film Review: Inside Job [dir: Charles Ferguson; 2010]