Netflix keeps them coming. THE DIG (linked) started yesterday 29th January and is unmissable. Starring Ralph Fiennes, Carey Mulligan, Lily James, Johnny Flynn and Ken Stott. This is the story of the discovery of the Aglo-Saxon ship burual at Sutton Hoo in Sussex, taking place just before World War II started in 1939. It’s one of the best films I’ve seen in recent years. A slow burner, but great.

A film version of BLITHE SPIRIT was launched on Sky on 15 January 2020, and will be on other premium channels. This is Noel Coward’s sublime play. Best read the review. It has been “re-imagined” by a Downton Abbey team. Result?

Review added of the latest Michael Winterbottom directed film with Steve Coogan, GREED (linked). It is based on tycoon Sir Philip Green, the “unacceptable face of capitalism.’ Coogan excels at playing these characters, here leading a cast with David Mitchell, Isla Fisher, Asa Butterfield, Sophie Cookson, Shirley Henderson, and Miles Jupp. It is very funny, but with a serious underlying theme. On Sky, soon on Netflix.

What? George Clooney and Felicity Jones and David Oyewole on Netflix at home? This must have been intended as an SFX blockbuster, but here it is. I’ll try to do short reviews of obviously major movies as they appear. THE MIDNIGHT SKY reviewed here. No plot spoilers either.

A little later this year … my review of my favourite music of 2020. (LINKED) A limited year undoubtedly, but here you go. And the best album of the year is …

Paul F. Newman wrote an article on Agatha Christie, focussing particularly on TEN LITTLE INDIANS reviewed yestrday. He gave permission for me to reproduce it on this site. So, for much more on Agatha Christie and versions of And Then There Were None, see Paul F. Newman’s 2007 article: Agatha Christie: Deduction in a dell’arte maskreprinted on this site.

It’s been a while since I added to the 60s Retrospective series. This is TEN LITTLE INDIANS from 1965, a version of Agatha Christie’s And Then There were None, but with a happier ending.

While we’re putting up these In English Book 3 songs, we might as well do more. This is Gerry Goffin & Carole King’s “I Want To Stay Here” (LINKED) – it was a big hit back in the day, but doesn’t appear on any Goffin-King compilations.

Stay (version)

Just put up the first audio file here. STAY from In English-Book 3, our cover of Maurice Williams and The Zodiacs classic (as also done by The Four Seasons, The Hollies, Jackson Browne). This was specially recorded for IN ENGLISH (now out of print). Follow the link to the page.

Christmas and the Oscar season means new films are coming thick and fast, and this year that’s on Netflix. MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM (linked) is a predicted Best actor / Best actress for Chadwick Boseman and Viola Davis. They may be right. It’s based on August Wilson’s stage play and is a snapshot, a day in the life, not a bio-pic. A must-see, though it has some issues.