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Wednesday, 23 October 2013


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I last went to the cinema in 2006. I don't feel that I've missed much.

Well, you have missed some corkers, DM.

I can recommend Life of Pi, although the book was better. Still the animals on the boat will leave you wondering, "now how did they do that".

Also, United 93 was a great movie. If you have a chance pick up the DVD and check out the director's comments on the movie.

Which corkers do you have in mind?

I have seen the trailers on TV for 'Life of Pi' but alas, Dom, by and large I don't get on too well with fantasy - although I loved 'ER'.

DM, you test me, sir, you test me! (Sound of memory being wracked and raked!) "The Artist", "Les Mis", "Tinker, Tailor ...", "A Late Quartet", "The Secret In Their Eyes", "Skyfall", "No Country for Old Men", "The Painted Veil" . . . how am I doing? Mind you, the list of crap films I have suffered through is much longer!

I don't think I could bear Les Mis. I've seen Tinker, Tailor on the telly - not bad, but utterly pointless given the excellence of the Guinness one.

I suspect that waiting for them to appear on the telly is the rational way: anyway, it's mine.

'Les Mis' was terrific on the big screen, less so on my telly when I saw it last week. Some critics complained that some of the voices were not of 'operatic' standard but actually that added to the realism. Ann Hathaway was simply terrific and as a lady actress she deserves an award for allowing her luxuriant hair to be cut off during the film. Of course, the story is romantic tosh but I gather that Victor Hugo was the French Dickens and this quote gives you some idea:
"What is love? I have met in the streets a very poor young man who was in love. His hat was old, his coat worn, the water passed through his shoes, and the stars through his soul." I don't care, I loved it and I saw the stage show at least four times!

I can barely remember the first 'Tinker, Tailor' except that it was truly excellent. However, I thought the film was equally so, not least because, surprisingly, the Swedish director spotted so many very *English* aspects to the story.

However, do NOT under any circs miss "The Secret In Their Eyes", it appears from time to time on my mate Rupe's film channels. Unforgettable!

I agree about The Secret in their Eyes. For some reason, it always reminds me of Incendies, another favorite of mine.

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