Citizen X (1995) Review

An HBO made for TV movie from 1995, “Citizen X” offers a fascinating glimpse behind the crumbling Iron Curtain of the 1980s, into a society where political corruption and ideological hubris led to the deaths of dozens of young men and women at the hands of the Soviet Union’s first identified serial killer. When a … Continue reading Citizen X (1995) Review

Paddington 2 (2017) Review

With the original having been an unexpected delight, anticipation for “Paddington 2” was sky high. Could the little bear from Peru pull off the ‘difficult’ second movie? The answer is an unqualified ‘yes’. Determined to get his Aunt Lucy a special present for her 100th birthday, Paddington (Ben Wishaw) sets his heart on a unique … Continue reading Paddington 2 (2017) Review

My Top 10 Favourite Discworld Novels (plus my 31 other favourites)

Taking a break from movies, today sees the release of “The Shepherd’s Crown”, the 41st and final book of Sir Terry Pratchett’s ‘Discworld’ series. Although it’s a sad reminder of how early we lost him, there’s a bittersweet comfort in the fact that his daughter and those that protect his legacy have been very firm … Continue reading My Top 10 Favourite Discworld Novels (plus my 31 other favourites)

Pride (2014) Review

Despite its contentious and still controversial (sigh) subject matter, there’s a winning cosiness to “Pride” that makes sure the themes of human kindness and solidarity don’t get swamped by the angry and inflammatory historical backdrop. That’s not to say this comedy drama doesn’t have teeth, just that care is taken to ensure the film’s bark … Continue reading Pride (2014) Review

Paddington (2014) Review

“Paddington” is a delightful film. Literally delightful. While watching it, I was acutely conscious of the fact that I was being delighted. I’m experiencing delight, I thought to myself. There’s no other way to describe the experience of watching this note-perfect adaptation of the beloved children’s character which brings him to big screen life in … Continue reading Paddington (2014) Review

Maleficent (2014) Review

It would have been easy to throw a bunch of lavish CGI special effects at the screen and simply restage the classic 1959 as a live action remake, but thankfully, that’s not what Disney have done here. Real love and care have been lavished on this production, teasing out an entirely new perspective on the … Continue reading Maleficent (2014) Review