The Not So Secret Life of Pets

Have you seen the teaser trailer for ‘Secret Life of Pets’? If you haven’t go ahead and click on the link. Teaser Trailer ‘Secret Life of Pets’ This trailer is a small art-work in its own right. The film that follows it is less subtly quirky – but it is also thoroughly enjoyable. Max is a small dog and a pampered pet. He loves his … Continue reading The Not So Secret Life of Pets

Love and Friendship (Lady Susan)

Having spent my Master’s in Cambridge writing a dissertation about Austen and Laurence Sterne, I was looking forward with particular delight to reviewing the film adaptation Love and Friendship. I am glad not to be disappointed. First of all, however, let me give honour where it’s due. I cannot for the life of me understand why the film is entitled ‘Love and Friendship’, when it … Continue reading Love and Friendship (Lady Susan)

Laugh, Cry and Ponder: Florence Foster Jenkins

There are so many things about Florence Foster Jenkins that I can’t make up my mind about. It is well-acted and well-directed, and I keep pondering its scenes and its characters, trying yet failing to understand them. Florence Foster Jenkins (Meryl Streep) is convinced that she has considerable talent as an opera singer. Her accommodating husband (Hugh Grant) sets up concerts in which the entire audience … Continue reading Laugh, Cry and Ponder: Florence Foster Jenkins

Captain America: Civil War

  My initial reaction to the trailer for Captain America: Civil War was not enthusiastic. I watched the quarrel between Iron Man and Captain America develop and I wrinkled my forehead. They’re super heroes, I thought to myself. Surely Marvel is running out of ideas. Why can’t they just get along? Well, after watching this film, I completely understand why they can’t. Captain America: Civil … Continue reading Captain America: Civil War