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Far From Heaven – Todd Haynes

May 19th, 2008 · No Comments · Film

Smoke and mirrors 9/10 Todd Haynes’ 2002 film ‘Far From Heaven‘ was a masterpiece of subtle subversion that paid homage to the richly coloured 1950s film style (and specifically the ‘women’s pictures’ of Douglas Sirk and his contemporaries). What could have been hollow pastiche is in fact a thoughtful and moving examination of US social […]

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Ian McEwan – On Chesil Beach

August 28th, 2007 · No Comments · Fiction

No sex please, we’re British 7/10 Ian McEwan’s ‘On Chesil Beach‘ is conspicuous in its brevity. It has the air of a quickly written novella, an act of catharsis to exorcise some thematic threads between novels. Sadly one is left with a feeling that more could have been made of this scenario and the characters, […]

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