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The Best Films of 2015

Caren Pistorius in Slow West

      There’s a tendency among people who watch a lot of films to boost ones that stand out rather than ones that are good. This can lead to some perverse choices in the “best of” lists that proliferate at this time of year. So that probably explains the rogue nature of the list …

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The Best Films of 2014

Scarlett Johansson in Under the Skin

  Of the 350+ films I saw this year, these are the best ones. Some of them were released last year and I’ve been a bit slow getting round to them. Some of them were released even longer ago. The criteria are – I watched them in 2014 and I liked them. That’s it.     …

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James Bond’s Testicles

Daniel Craig and Mads Mikkelsen in Casino Royale

    Have you ever noticed how James Bond is always getting his balls interfered with? The world’s most virile spy is so replete with testosterone that women want to get their hands on them and can’t help but fall into bed with him. Men, on the other hand, feel so threatened they want to …

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Dogs in the Movies

Uggie the Jack Russell with co-star Bérénice Bejou in The Artist

        Dogs. Yes, that’s right, dogs. I’ve probably already doubled the amount of traffic to this site just by writing the word “dogs” three times. Four times if you count that mention. Because people just love dogs (five). They can’t help themselves. It’s down to their dependability. A human being might let …

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The Films of Paolo Sorrentino

Sabrina Ferilli and Toni Servillo in The Great Beauty

  Paolo Sorrentino’s latest film, La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty) is a portrait of Rome through the eyes of a world weary writer. It’s being hailed as Sorrentino’s La Dolce Vita and stars Sorrentino’s Marcello Mastroianni, Toni Servillo. It’s close to a masterpiece in other words, making this a good time to take a …

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Dick Van Dyke on DVD

Dick Van Dyke and Julie Andrews in Mary Poppins

  What a great thing Dick Van Dyke has been. First there’s that improbable name. Even more improbable, it’s his real name. Then there’s his legs, long and lean and made for comedy dancing and comedy pratfalls. And his smile – as wide as the screen and surely the biggest on TV, if we’re not …

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Movies About Charles Bukowski

Matt Dillon and Lili Taylor in Factotum

    The news that James Franco is directing a film about gravel-voiced, pock-faced author Charles Bukowski, the go-to man for closet writers, bedroom tough guys and incipient alcoholics, reminds us that there have been several shots on goal before. Franco has a double obstacle – films about writing are inherently uncinematic, and films that …

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