MY Outlander Review – The Doldrums

Drama on the high seas, love on a more even keel, a set of new star-crossed lovers and a new comedy duo. Contains SPOLIERS. The purpose of this week’s episode seems to be to set the story up for the rest of the series and our intrepid heroes’ move across the Atlantic: the change in […]

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MY Outlander Review – First Wife

Claire finally finds out Jamie’s secret & it’s safe to say she’s not happy. Contains SPOILERS. Even Ian Senior (Steven Cree), usually the calmest of all the Frasers & Murrays, looks mightily annoyed at the arrival of Claire (Caitriona Balfe), Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Young Ian (John Bell) at Lallybroch. Ian Senior’s mood doesn’t improve […]

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MY Outlander Review – Crème de Menthe

Lies, Sex and Murder. Oh yes, and Jamie proves he can also be a bit of a twat. Contains SPOILERS. After last week’s episode, this episode was always going to be a bit of an anti-climax. But after such a longed-for reunion, I didn’t expect the cracks between our two lovers to show so soon, […]

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MY Outlander Review – A. Malcolm

Yes after THAT wait it’s THAT reunion. And boy is it good to have Claire and Jamie back together again. Contains SPOILERS. This being Outlander this long-awaited episode doesn’t start where we think it will but goes back in time to give us Jamie’s (Sam Heughan) point of view before Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie […]

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MY Outlander Review – The Battle Joined

My favourite TV series is back (well on Amazon at least) and we’re talking grief, honour, everyday sexism and perhaps most importantly of all: is Murtagh alive? Contains SPOILERS. Droughtlander is finally over and season 3 of Outlander is back. Our intrepid lovers Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) are separated through time and […]

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Film Review: Calvary

Calvary is a gem of a film.  For starters, it has the eminently watchable Brendan Gleeson as its star, portraying the linchpin of the film, Father James Lavelle.  It also benefits from a wonderfully intelligent script by John Michael McDonagh who adeptly deals with complex issues with a great deal of humour and manages to tell […]

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Foreign Film Review: Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne

Considered a classic, this 1945 French film, directed by Robert Bresson, shows that when it comes to sex and love the French may seem to be more sophisticated than their Anglo-Saxon counterparts; but that nonetheless no one is more determined to wreck revenge than a woman scorned, even a refined and cultured, Parisian socialite.  This […]

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Film Review: Behind the Candelabra

If you watch Behind the Candelabra and find it hard to believe that during his lifetime no one seemed to cotton on to the fact that Liberace was gay, then you clearly didn’t live through the 70s.  Behind the Candelabra harks back to that seemingly more innocent time and ends at the point in time […]

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Film Review: Love is All You Need

Love is All You Need is a gem of a movie. On the one hand it would seem to be a deceptively simple rom com but there’s a lot more going on. For starters, the film also deals with the repercussions of someone having to deal with cancer. Now, in theory that should be a […]

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Film Review: Ides of March

Ides of March is an apt title for a political movie dealing as it does with the shenanigans required to become a presidential candidate in 21st century America. Symbolic, as the date is, for the day when Julius Caesar was assassinated in 44 BC. The film shows that over 2,000 years later nothing in politics […]

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