So Long, My Son

We watched this highly rated film by streaming from Curzon Home Cinema. At over 3 hours, this slow-moving, subtitled, Chinese film tested our concentration and we ended up watching it over 3, or was it 4, sessions. This didn’t help our understanding of the story, particularly as there are random time jumps as well asContinue reading So Long, My Son

Ricky Jay

The American actor and magician, Ricky Jay, has died. In one of my favourite films, Things Change, Ricky Jay has a small part with some memorable David Mamet lines. The film opens as follows: Shoe-shop owner: “May I help you?” Silver (Ricky Jay): “A friend of ours would like to speak to you this evening.” Shoe-shopContinue reading Ricky Jay

Leave No Trace

Leave No Trace is a highly rated film which for me failed to live up to its reputation. Not a lot happens, you don’t get to learn much about the two main characters who are on screen almost the entire film. It’s OK but nothing special. Oh and I’m not keen on these auditoriums thatContinue reading Leave No Trace

L’Amant Double

L’Amant Double is a slow moving, erotic thriller. It’s a bit of nonsense with a crazy ending. In fact the whole movie is crazy. I didn’t get it. Not for the prudish!

You Were Never Really Here

A brutal movie! It looks good, sounds good, but otherwise is difficult to like. Screen-1 at the Curzon in Victoria is tiny, a mere 47 seats, but what comfortable, Pullman seats they are! I’m not a fan of allocated seating, even less so when someone is sitting in your allocated seat. With just 4 rowsContinue reading You Were Never Really Here

Lady Bird

At my age I probably shouldn’t be going to see a coming-of-age comedy-drama at the cinema – I just didn’t get the 5-star rating. However, the Curzon cinema in Soho has a very nice auditorium though I’m still struggling to understand why cinema adverts and trailers need to be unbearably loud.

The Big Sick

A romcom is not usually my thing, conjuring up images of trailers for an endless number of Jennifer Aniston films on tv. However, on an overcast day and with no sign of the promised sunshine, The Big Sick has been well reviewed and was showing at my almost-local cinema. A film about relationships and culturalContinue reading The Big Sick

My Life as a Courgette

I was the only person in the Wimbledon HMVCurzon cinema – a first for me! That wasn’t too surprising as it was a lovely sunny day and it would have been lunchtime for most people.

After the Storm

Going to see a film just after lunch was probably not a good idea. I was struggling to read whilst on the train to the cinema and drifted off to sleep, nearly missing my stop. The film is almost 2 hours long. There is no action, and I mean no action, and at times I againContinue reading After the Storm

Personal Shopper

At almost 2 hours long, Personal Shopper is an absorbing film, but very odd. Its star, Kristen Stewart, is barely off-screen and gives a fine performance in a confusing ghost story. I would recommend the film, for some. It’s been a while since I last went to the cinema! There were just 6 film-goers inContinue reading Personal Shopper

Anomalisa

Anomalisa is a very weird animated stop-motion film. I’ve no idea what to make of it, but I’m glad my wife decided not to come with me! With a 90 minute running time, it seemed longer. I guess the guy was struggling with life – was he having a mental breakdown? There’s a pretty explicit [animated]Continue reading Anomalisa

Cold in July

Cold in July is a rubbish film. Slow and plodding, disjointed and lacking in tension and with a poorly executed violent ending, it’s deeply unsatisfying. This sort of thing was done so much better in the magnificent Blood Simple and A History of Violence. The Soho Curzon is undergoing refurbishment and is a mess. FingersContinue reading Cold in July

Dallas Buyers Club

We enjoyed the film Dallas Buyers Club. Set in the 1980s, it tells the story of Ron Woodruff who, on being told he has HIV and has 30 days to live, sets out to find alternative treatments and to make a bit of money. A terrific performance from Matthew McConaughey in the lead role. There’sContinue reading Dallas Buyers Club

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