Random Chaos

… the consequences of not concentrating …

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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Ad Astra ***

Directed by James Gray Brad Pitt probably deserved his Oscar more for Ad Astra than Once Upon A Time In America as the entire film is focused on his attempts to find his father (a very underused Tommy Lee Jones) lost around Neptune. Gray has had made no secret of the film using the structure…

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Dolittle*

Directed by Stephan Gaghan Everything that can go wrong with Hollywood is amplified in the disastrous Dolittle. It’s a $175m vanity project built around Robert Downey, a personable actor who had a few lucky breaks, but is not the draw he thinks he is. It really is all about Robert and was even reshot to…

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