pedro almodóvar

The Skin I Live In poster

Anyone wondering whether the great Pedro Almodóvar had lost some of his edge at the ripe old age of 62 should immediately check out his new film The Skin I Live In which is as deranged as anything else he has produced in more than thirty years of feature film making. Puss In Boots himself, […]


The Trip poster

Michael Winterbottom’s The Trip is the best picture about middle-aged male angst since Sideways, and it’s possibly even better than that fine film. Two privileged English celebrities spend a week driving around the North of England from one fine restaurant to another, eating and drinking themselves silly on someone else’s dime. And yet, something darker […]


Invictus poster

Before Jerry Dammers and The Special AKA wrote that song about him in 1983, I didn’t know who Nelson Mandela was. When I bought the record and read the story on the back I was horrified – 23 years as a political prisoner, much of it in solitary confinement. I knew the South African regime …


Cinema: Best of 2007

by Dan on January 1, 2008

in Cinema

Into the Wild poster

And so, after 191 films viewed and reviewed here I get to sum up the 2007 cinema year. As I said back in September it’s been a great year for good films but a poor year for truly great ones. Even my (obviously unimpeachable) Top Ten list contains only a few that I think will …


Review: Shortbus and more ...

by Dan on January 23, 2007

in Cinema and Reviews

Shortbus poster

Here’s the review I submitted to the Capital Times for this week. Who knows which one they’ll print as they have a couple up the spout and this was delivered very late. Time for bed — I’ll add some links during the day tomorrow if you care to return.

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Preview: 2007

by Dan on December 29, 2006

in Cinema

Babel poster

This week’s Capital Times column. No reviews due to the Christmas break, instead a preview of a few titles to expect in 2007.