Random Chaos

… the consequences of not concentrating …

The Fallen Series***

Lockdown has presented a problem. Whilst challenging films can work a treat in a cinema, at home you are faced with access to mobiles, drink and nibbles, an undercurrent of unease and a desire to escape. Enter the Fallen series. Normally I’d give Gerard Butler a wide berth after 300 – I’ll admit to preferring…

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The Invisible Man****

Directed by Leigh Whannell Universal swerved a bullet when the original plan for a CGI tentpole Invisible Man starring Johnny Depp, went west after the failure of Tom Cruises’ The Mummy. Instead, we have a film smaller in budget and scope but far larger in the imagination. In many way’s it is closer in spirit…

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Aeronauts***

Directed by Tom Harper This lightweight adventure movie has unsurprisingly become the most successful Amazon film to date as its the perfect escape from the worries of the world around us. Based on a true balloon flight undertaken by James Glaisher (Eddie Redmayne), it gives him a composite female companion (Felicity Jones) who has suffered…

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Porco Rosso****

Director Hayao Miyazaki Porco Rosso has turned up on Netflix as part of the Studio Ghibli series. The Guardian managed to rank Porco Rosso as the worst film, although the reviewer had clearly not seen it, thinking it was about an RAF pilot. Uniquely for Ghibli, its set in a real time and place the…

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Virus Woes

Too many days in London have resulted in me having to self-isolate after developing the symptoms. No more films or live events. However, a chance to catch up films I missed, books on the TBR pile and test out other streaming services. If I can shake it off.

Portrait of a Lady on Fire*****

Directed by You’ll hear people say that it must be easy to write a Mills and Boon romantic tale. They try and fail. For a romantic tale to work it needs its lovers, an obstacle and that’s it. No sub plots, zany friends or contrived situations. Two people. It says a lot for POALF that…

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Leopoldstadt***

By Tom Stoppard Who didn’t hope that Stoppard would pull one final masterpiece from the hat, especially as Leopoldstadt (the Jewish quarter of Austria) is his most personal play. Unfortunately, his reach exceeded his grasp. Structuring the play around a rich family of Jews who have married Christians and consider themselves Austrians, Leopoldstadt sports a…

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The Anarchy****

By William Dalrymple For reasons which become clear reading this timely history, Brits have closed out the history of India and our role in conquering it. We all know about the American War of Independence (coincidentally caused by dumping unsold Indian tea in Boston), but who has heard of the the Great Bengal Famine of…

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