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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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From a Galaxy, Far, Far Away…

Star Wars (May 25, 1977) Almost everyone of a certain age (50 and over) remember this day in history: Star Wars opens in U.S. theatres. Here’s the preview that caught the attention of the world. Here’s the randomized chart of … 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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When Real Life and the Movies Intersect:

Rescued by Ruby (2022) This seemed to be another improbable film, until I read that Ruby was euthanized last week. (I must have missed the disclaimer that this film was based on a true story.) Either way, it’s a great … 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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In the Secret War, the Twenty Committee’s Greatest Feat:

Operation Mincemeat (2021) I’ve written about this supreme act of jiggery-pokery before, here. The fact that this story needed retelling in the 21st century should be a warning to us all. And if you wonder why the group is called … Continue reading

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When a Television Series Telegraphs a Scene from a Film

The Good Doctor (Season 5, Episode 17) Shaun and Lea were supposed to get married in their reality TV program. But, as Lea pointed out, “This isn’t us.” So the producer of the show (within the show) allowed them to … Continue reading

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The Red Queen? Or Just a Victim of 16th c “Fake News”?

Mary Queen of Scots (2018) Susan bought me a book for our 12th wedding anniversary. Any guesses? Too easy, eh? We watched this film a year or so ago. Now I’m reading the book that the film was based on. … Continue reading

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This is a Sweet (but Improbable) Film for Kids

Benji (2018) I’m not entirely sure if I saw the original “Benji” from 1974, which this latest film is based on, so I have no way of comparing them. The dog featured in this recent one is very well-trained to … Continue reading

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Irony: “Are You Ghosting Your Boyfriend?”

The In Between (2022) This film is “Ghost” for teenagers. On a whim, we watched it on Netflix last night. I’m glad we did. The survival of consciousness after death is a fact, but is only really provable to someone … Continue reading

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