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Who Says You Cannot Know When You’ll Die?

Final Destination (2000) The idea that your death is predestined is the premise behind this film (and the other films in the franchise). You cannot ‘cheat death’ although we like to think we can: when your number’s up, it’s up. … Continue reading

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His Last Novel, Published Posthumously

Silverview (2021) The fact that I didn’t know this one existed until a whole year later means that, since John le CarrĂ©’s death in 2020, the publicity machine must have abated somewhat. I read it in one day, all 215 … Continue reading

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Ingrid Channels Personal Fire Dragon Poetry

B*tch: a Reclamation (2022) You might wonder why I would buy a book of poetry intended for women. Well, in the first place, I have lived most of my life surrounded by women. Secondly, I have read and admired Ingrid’s … Continue reading

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Man, She’s (Still) Feels Like a Woman

Shania Twain: Not Just a Girl (2022) This documentary came out on Netflix three days ago. We watched it last night. Emotionally, Shania appears to be back on track, but her speaking voice still shows signs of cracking, especially when … Continue reading

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The Action is Nonstop, But the Story Never Starts

The Gray Man (2022) Like the arrow in the FedEx logo, The Gray Man title has an ‘x’ in its centre which didn’t show up for me until I saw this video. Now I cannot un-see it. As you can … Continue reading

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This Cold Case Will Make Your Blood Run Cold

Girl in the Picture (2022) On a whim, we watched this Netflix documentary last night. I’m not sure if we should have, because it figured in my dreams last night. How depraved can one man be? “If you could read … Continue reading

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The Use of Glass Mirrors Her Daughter, Picking Up the…

Pieces of Her (2022) At several levels this is not an easy film to watch. The idea that a young woman has lived her first 30 years in witness protection without knowing it does seem surprising, but her mother rarely … Continue reading

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With a Cast and Crew of Thousands, the Talkies Come to:

Downton Abbey: A New Era (2022) The general release of this film was yesterday, so I took the missus to the movies for her birthday (which is actually today). We haven’t been out to see a film in almost two-and-a-half … Continue reading

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The House had Its Own Spirit of Adventure

Up (2009) This children’s film showed up on TV last weekend. If memory serves me, the one we saw in the cinema was in 3D. I had totally forgotten how emotive it was, especially when retelling Carl and Ellie’s story. … Continue reading

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When a Memory Turns into a Nightmare

Requiem (2018) We started watching this eerie series last night on Netflix. Ordinarily, I stay away from ‘gothic thrillers’ but this one has an interesting vibe to it: the classical music in the soundtrack. . In a way, I can … Continue reading

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