Monthly Archives: November 2010


Last Train Home – 4

2010-11-22T23:41:37+00:00November 22nd, 2010|Reviews|

The only interest for me was the cross-cultural view of the life of the Chinese factory worker, and its evidence of why they are making our blue jeans for us. The family story went nowhere in particular, and the contrast between city and country life was unconvincing: if life in the country was so much [...]

Tamara Drewe – 7

2010-11-22T23:32:33+00:00November 22nd, 2010|Reviews|

A casually clever countryside caper, the kind the British do so well, mostly about love - or is it sex? There are no car crashes - albeit a stampede of cows - and no patent absurdities - albeit a number of stretches. There are, however, a number of fun characters, all gracefully identified in cameo [...]

Inside Job – 5

2010-11-22T23:29:39+00:00November 22nd, 2010|Reviews|

Unfortunatley overhyped, this expose of the 2008 financial crisis told us nothing we hadn't already learned from Michael Lewis's more insightful The Big Short. It wasted its skewers on academics, who were hardly major culprits, and the talking heads who provided the story line were mainly people we'd never heard of, whose legitimacy was never [...]

You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger – 6.8

2010-11-14T18:22:01+00:00November 14th, 2010|Reviews|

This had more the feeling of a short story - by O.Henry, say - than the movie equivalent of a novel. Not because it was short, which it was, but because it offered a slice of life, a la Woody Allen, without reaching any conclusions. Yes, it was a comment on the human condition, full [...]

Nowhere Boy – 5

2010-11-07T19:28:20+00:00November 7th, 2010|Reviews|

On my personal scorecard of movies with the most gratuitous scenes of characters smoking, there is a new leader: Nowhere Boy. Scarcely a scene goes by without someone, old or young, fingering a cigarette. This factoid is of added interest, if not relevance, because director Sam Taylor-Wood happens to be the artist who created the [...]