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Don’t Look Now (1973) – FILM REVIEW

Adapted from a novella by Daphne Du Maurier, in Don’t Look Now Nicolas Roeg, who sadly died in November last year, delivers the first of two 1970s films that use a travelling red and white ball as an omen of dread so convincingly, that I shudder even now when they appear on screen. Apparently, a...

20 Years

Today, I received email confirmation that my latest solicitor’s practising certificate was available for review online, signifying 20 years post qualification experience as a solicitor. Wow. The same year that HBO launched seminal TV series: “Sex and the City”. So, I got to thinking. I always knew that I would never reach 20 years in a law...

Deliverance (1972) – Film Review

Burt Reynolds as Lewis in Deliverance (c) Warner Bros “Sometimes you have to lose yourself before you can find anything” – Lewis, Deliverance  Burt Reynolds (who for quite some time I mistook for my Dad on account of their similarly then-impressive side burns) stars together with Jon Voight, Ned Beatty and Ronny Cox in John...

Dirty Harry (1971) – Film Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wN-KnYUaOc (c) Warner Bros The first and arguably the best of a five-film franchise spanning some seventeen years, Clint Eastwood reunites with director Don Siegel in Dirty Harry (1971), their fifth film together. The success of this pairing and the mutual respect between Eastwood and Siegel is clear to see – including the tongue in...

Collaborators Don’t Diminish

[getty src="960169140" width="594" height="396" tld="co.uk"]   A funny kind of feeling set in after that wedding.  Being neither fervently pro or anti-Royalist, I was surprised at the level of my emotional reaction to it – and the ugly tears that I cried thankfully and deliberately at home in private whilst watching it. Seeing adult Harry all...

Days of our Lives

As well as recently painted black wooden stairs and a highly pleasing new molten metal effect grey herringbone stair runner, my soon to be completed hallway design will also feature framed black and whites of my favourite films, some of which recently featured here. That design project sparked another enterprise that I’m going to...

What’s in a Photo?

For this month's blog and inspired by a home interiors project that I'm working on over the Easter Break, I bring to you something a little different: a pictorial blog. The images in this slideshow show filmmakers, films, television shows and actors, all of whom have played a significant part in igniting, shaping and...

From Silence to Sisu

A guest at a meeting suggesting that I make him and the other male attendees drinks. A lawyer banging his fist on the table in front of the other male negotiators to silence me. It takes time to shake off the effects of being silenced. Whether overt or subtle, sexist or not, the sudden...

#toppingchee

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1P0cbNZ9uQ4&w=560&h=315] Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (clip from 75th Anniversary edition) Remember this, when childhood's far away; The sunlight of a showery first spring day; You from your house-top window laughing down, And I, returned with whip-cracks from a ride, On the great lawn below you, playing the clown. Time blots our gladness out. Let this with love abide ....

2017 Round-up

[wpvideo nOm7FMQY] "Stranger Things Than a Tree Eating a Bear" (c) Emma Topping Just in time following the exertions of our Christmas Day cook-a-thon then eat-a-thon, I bring to you my final blog of 2017. First and foremost, I hope that you have managed to find the time during this crazy period not only to catch...