(15) Dir. Joel Coen + Ethan Coen; Starring Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, 105mins
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Sunday 07 November 2010
Friday 20 August 2010
Friday 23 July 2010
Can you judge a book by its epigraph? That you do is surely true, since at the point when you turn that particular page of a new novel it's pretty much all you've got to go on. Yes – the book's cover will have started work on you already, but you know that to be the creation of the marketing department. It's inadmissible as evidence of literary intent. But now, here, you are for the first time in the presence of the author and you are entitled to weigh up what you've been given. That you are expected to judge a book by its epigraph is also true, since it would hardly be there otherwise. You know perfectly well that it has designs on your judgement. It would be impolite to brush past without a nod in its direction, even if you suspect that it stands at the door like a spin-doctor, trying to tilt the verdict in the right direction.
Friday 09 April 2010
They are a down and out family who speak in broad regional vernacular and live in the fictional Manchester sink estate of Chatsworth.
Sunday 14 March 2010
The Coen brothers' deadpan tragicomedy stars a terrific Michael Stuhlbarg as a Midwestern physics lecturer whose solid mid-1960s life is knocked sideways by an unfaithful wife, a hapless brother, a lawn-annexing neighbour, a blackmailing student, and more besides.
Saturday 20 February 2010
Wednesday 17 February 2010
Friday 01 January 2010
As the festive season proceeded, I was positively oozing the milk of human kindness. Two days before Christmas, someone came from the electricity company, cheerfully proffering his ID, to do an actual meter reading. On Christmas Eve, I made it back from a family visit in time for the King's College carols, and on the day itself the pheasant almost cooked itself. On Boxing Day, the staff at Leigh Delamere service area could not have been more charming.
Saturday 28 November 2009
Sunday 22 November 2009
Friday 20 November 2009
Friday 12 December 2008
Sunday 30 November 2008
As a member of Bafta, I'm currently being bombarded with emails inviting me to screenings of films that distributors believe are in the running for awards. This is a reminder that, for industry insiders, the awards season has already begun, even though the first big "kudosfest" isn't until 11 January when the Golden Globes are broadcast.
Saturday 01 November 2008
Wednesday 27 August 2008
The 65th Venice Film Festival gets under way today, with the premiere of a film starring heartthrobs George Clooney and Brad Pitt.
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