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Review added on MARIE ANTOINETTE, (LINKED) an 8 part series available on BBC iPlayer. It’s a French Canal + production in English. The review is one of my attempts at humorous ones, and hopefully works whether you’ve seen it, intend to see it or don’t intend to see it.

At AROUND & AROUND:

The Best Rolling Stones Album (follow link) A companion to The Best Beatles Album article. This one argues against the Exile On Main Street consensus as best album. Like The Beatles, I’ve chosen just twelve. No live, no compilations of hits. Feel free to comment on the page. It is supposed to be a little controversial …

Narvik- review

Three film reviews in three days! Put that down to the freezing cold weather. Appropriately for the weather, this review is NARVIK (link to the review here) It’s a Norwegian film, on Netflix from 23 January 2023. It was released in Norway in 2022 as ‘Narvik: Hitler’s First Defeat’ which indeed it was. It’s on Netflix with an English soundtrack as well as English subtitles. It’s an excellent war film, set in 1940 around the Battles of Narvik. It’s centred on one family, and the snow, shelling and the terror made us think of Ukraine.

In total contrast to the day before and Babylon, a Netflix film, BANK OF DAVE (link to review). The review explores the tight comedy formula that also occurs in ‘The Duke’ and ‘Phantom of the Open.’ It’s half the length of Babylon,and an enjoyable (though unchallenging) evening’s viewing.

Review of BABYLON (Follow the LINK) , the homage to 20s ad 30s Hollywood, written and directed by Damien Chazelle. The scale is epic. Margo Robbie, Brad Pitt and Diego Calva star. The soundtrack is outstanding. It has everything going for it, but it is a bit long at 189 minutes. It’s worth making every effort to see on a cinema screen.

Given my lack of knowledge, ‘report’ may be better than ‘review.’ A great evening of Czech composers … Smetana The Bartered Bride Overture and Dances, Korngold’s Violin Concerto and Dvořák ‘New World Symphon. See BSO: COMING TO AMERICA to read my observations. The picture? I live in Dorset. This is Gold Hill, scene of the Hovis advert which brought ‘Largo’ from The New World to millions repeatedly for decades.

Review of the film SEE HOW THEY RUN (link to review). This comedy thriller is based around a backstage murder at a production of Agatha Christie’s ‘The Mousetrap’ in 1953. It’s a lot more fun than the recent big budget cinematic Christies too. Great cast. Sam Rockwell and Saoirse Ronan are a great detective duo. It’s showing on Disney Plus now (and is still in a few cinemas). Disney Plus has proven excellent this month with The Banshees of Inisherin and this. Compare the £40 cost our two cinema tickets for Avatar.

The 2021 Shakespeare’s Globe production of TWELFTH NIGHT (link to review) was broadcast on BBC 4 on 8 January 2023 so should be on BBC iPlayer. At last a review (of the broadcast) that anyone can then go and watch! The film does capture the atmosphere of The Globe. See the review for more.

The International Classic Ballet Theatre’s production of SWAN LAKE (follow link) reaches Poole. An opportunity to see the full ballet with the full score played by a live orchestra. That is a LOT of people involved and there wasn’t an empty seat in the house. See review (though I am ignorant on clsssical ballet!)

REVIEW added of AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER (LINKED). Somewhat sarcastic but hopefully amusing. Comments welcome on the main page review. It is already the biggest film of 2022.