‘Mr Turner’ distilled

The past is another country, and Mike Leigh shows us this is about more than differences in costume and manners. The world that JMW Turner, in this terrific portrayal, inhabits and paints is different from ours – none of our cold scientific rationalism, or post- post-modernism here. But then – this is not history, or biography, or art documentary, but drama, and a fine drama it is too. Beautifully, even lavishly filmed, there is nary a false brush-stroke to be found. Director: Mike Leigh. Timothy Spall Verdict: It’s a Mike Leigh film, right? A fine red wine – Rhone? Bordeaux? […]

‘Scrooged’ distilled

A ‘Christmas’ re-run of the 1988 Bill Murray movie. The premise: the guy making a movie of Scrooge is a bit of a Scrooge himself. Supposed to be hilarious. It isn’t. Verdict: Asinine. Cost me two hours of my life. Vomit

A call from Mr Bell

In the immortal words of Alexander Graham Bell – ‘Mr Watson – come here – I want to see you.’ Continuing his experiments in Brantford, says Wikipedia, “Bell brought home a working model of his telephone. On August 3, 1876, from the telegraph office in Mount Pleasant five miles (eight km) away from Brantford, Bell sent a tentative telegram indicating that he was ready. With curious onlookers packed into the office as witnesses, faint voices were heard replying. The following night, he amazed guests as well as his family when a message was received at the Bell home from Brantford, […]