Monthly Archives: September 2011

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

With this adaptation of John le Carré’s novel, Tomas Alfredson has set himself the unenviable task of squeezing a notoriously labyrinthine plot (later reworked into a seven-part television series) into two short hours of cinema time. For a Tinker Tailor … Continue reading

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In about three hours I’ll be starting a PGCE – which, by all accounts, is not going to leave me with hoards of spare time in the months to come. So, whilst I hope to keep things going on this here blog … Continue reading

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Kill List

Kill List opens emphatically in media res: a woman, her face in close up, screaming abuse at her husband whilst their fearful young son listens in his bedroom. The couple are Jay and Shel, both former soldiers, now living in … Continue reading

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I recently discovered that in 1986, Andrei Tarkovsky wrote this:   I think that what a person normally goes to the cinema for is time: for time lost or spent or not yet had. He goes there for living experience; … Continue reading

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