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  • Ten Skies

    Ten Skies

    Favourite skies:
    Sky 1 - because it was so tense. I wasn’t prepared for holding my breath fearfully when the title card appeared, then the few seconds of blackness before the sky, like being at the top of one of those vertical wooden slides you’re afraid of as a child. Then the stomach drop as you’re thrown over, falling through the clouds.
    Sky 4 - because it had a giant, galloping spaniel in the middle of it for a while.…

  • Bird on a Wire

    Bird on a Wire

    I had absolutely no notion whatsoever that I’d seen this before, up until suddenly about halfway through there’s the scene in which Goldie Hawn is attacked by the cockroach in the shower, and all of sudden I thought “…no way - that’s from THIS movie??”. That scene I remember vividly. That and her line a few minutes later - “I just took a shower with the cockroach from hell…etc”. And that is ALL I remember from the entire film. Nothing…

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  • The Big Country

    The Big Country

    An early contender for rep screening of 2017, this is one of the greatest films I have seen in ages.

    William Wyler must be one of the all time masters in terms of pure, unassuming film craft. His command of storytelling is total; his method of bringing this control to bear is invisibly exacting. Each of his movies that I’ve seen have been paced to perfection, and this is the most exceptional example of that talent yet; 165 minutes disappearing…

  • 3:10 to Yuma

    3:10 to Yuma

    A electrifying Western, every cinematic element burning off the screen in more or less perfect harmony. It has a truly excellent, deceptively simply and multi-faceted setup and ensuing narrative. I can see why someone was tempted into re-making it, it has such a good basic plot structure. We are treated to a deep roster of faultless performances, and the film is executed by Delmer Daves (what a name) in exemplary fashion - we experience an entirely believable and very tense…