Random Chaos

… the consequences of not concentrating …


Directed by Autumn de Wilde Do we need another Jane Austen Emma? Probably not, but Emma. (note the full stop) is a frothy confection with a winning cast which runs through the plot with ease. The costumes and designs win out over a script that struggles initially to establish the plot and characters. However, from…

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The 25 Page Rule

I used to read books I didn’t enjoy to the bitter end. Time, however, is running short. If it hasn’t caught my interest by 25 pages, it’s off to the charity shop or back to the library. A good sign of this is a reluctance to even pick the book up. Worse, finishing these books…

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Top Ten of the Century

After reading the Empire list of the best films of the Century, it seemed a good idea to put together my own list. The criteria is simple. These are all films I would happily watch again, and probably will in the coming year. 1 No Country for Old Men 2 Mulholland Drive 3 Inception 4…

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Director Bong Joon-ho Picking up on themes from his Snowpiercer, Boon delivers a clever critique of the inequalities in society without resorting to the soapbox. There are echoes of Park Chan-wook’s The Handmaiden’s Tale with its story of hustlers invading a rich man’s home, but the beautifully constructed script wrong-foots the audience throughout. A cast…

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Atlantics ****

Director Mati Diop  Set in Dakar, Senegal, Atlantics at first seems a story of unrequited love as young Ada prepares for a loveless arranged marriage whilst her true love Sulemaine, despairing of his prospects, joins the exodus of young men to Europe looking for work. As fears grow about the men’s fate, the film takes…

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Director Sam Mendes A quest war film were two messengers must traverse a vast no man’s land to prevent a regiment making a suicidal charge. Verdict After Dunkirk, British directors seem to cornering the market for intense war films. The one-shot technique doesn’t add much to the film because its not told in real time….

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The Personal History of David Copperfield***

Directed by Armando Iannucci It takes about 30 seconds to buy into Dev Patel as Dickens (and ipso facto David Copperfield). He embodies the spirit and the enthusiasm which led his early death. Iannucci loves Copperfield and teases out the humour which Dickens books are packed with. We.ve had dark and gloomy Dickens for a…

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Hive Mind ***½

Wire 17 albums is a milestone for any musical band and the few that outlive their original energy usually subside into greatest hits and tours with other bands iof the era to an audience mostly reliving very long lost youths. Wire is the exception, never wildly popular with pogo masses and to punky for the…

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