Film

The Most Magical Film of Them All

Frank Capra’s masterpiece is a devastating critique of small town America, but also a celebration of Christmas hopeSo Christmas and its usual schmaltz is upon us. Miracle on 34th Street and The Polar Express have, of course, been showing on Channel 5 since early September, but today marks the day in the film calendar. Forget The Force Awakens (tour de force that it was) and…

Sixty Million Cannot Be That Wrong!

When in 1985 the musical version of Les Miserables hit the stage, it was panned by critics; it was left to audiences to grasp the sheer power both of the story and of the music. Now, the world’s longest running musical has been adapted into an epic film which ultimately celebrates the power of redemptive love. For…

Who needs The Inbetweeners?

Sunset over Mull

So the Summer Holidays drew to a close with a visit to the cinema to see The Inbetweeners. Of course, I laughed throughout, not least at moments of painful self-recognition. It’s cleverly observed, shrewdly written and somewhere there’s compassion for the characters. But somewhere it’s also vacuous: after the booze and the bonks there’s not…