Author Archives: JamieR

The Artist

Everything about Michael Haznavicius’ The Artist, a silent film about silent film, is undeniably lovely. Just like its star, the fictional actor George Valentin (Jean Dujardin), it glows off the screen in crisp black and white, winking and smiling, charming … Continue reading

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My ten favourite films of 2011

So here they are. In all but two cases, I also had some thoughts at the time – click on the titles for those. Happy new year. 1. Archipelago – Joanna Hogg’s exquisitely observed study of a family on holiday in the … Continue reading

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At its best, Hugo is a wonderfully heartfelt tribute to what Martin Scorsese loves about going to the movies – truly a cinephile’s treat. There are nods to history all over the place, from ‘silent’/mimed romantic vignettes, viewed from a distance … Continue reading

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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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