Cinema – Best of 2022

1st January 2023 · 2020s, 2022, Film
This was a year in which the broadsheet film reviewers doled out 5-star reviews like candy to kids on an almost weekly basis, creating high expectations for the year in cinema.


Like most of us, I imagine, I spent a lot of time watching the telly over the course of this year. These were my favourites and I think they demonstrate pretty clearly why anyone who wants to “defund the BBC” is an idiot.


Queen Of Glory – film review

7th September 2022 · 2022, Film

Queen Of Glory – film review

RIP Ray Liotta (1954-2022)

27th May 2022 · Film

Ray Liotta (1954-2022)

Farewell then Henry Hill from Goodfellas, one of the screen’s immortal creations.

I only met Ray Liotta once, at the Golden Globes in 2003, and I made a bit of a fool of myself. (more…)

A member of the audience died when I went to see Endgame at the Old Vic. And the show really did go on… more’s the pity. (more…)

Céline Sciamma’s Portrait Of A Lady On Fire is not just a film about love and desire, but a film about art – and the symbiosis between subject and painter. (more…)

Three Billboards

Forget the fabricated controversy: everything about Martin McDonagh’s film is amazing – especially Frances McDormand. (more…)

The French Dispatch - film review

Wes Anderson’s tenth feature film is “a love letter to journalism” told in a typically whimsical anthology of stories for the titular magazine. The director and his all-star cast of regulars and newcomers are on top form in this tour-de-force. (more…)

Kate Winslet gives the performance of her life as a foul-mouthed short-tempered badly-dressed out-of-shape beer-swilling chain-vaping miserable middle-aged detective in Mare Of Easttown.


Like many others, my lockdown has been joyfully soundtracked (should that be teletracked?) by Schitt’s Creek. (more…)