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Twenty six hours of flying time has left me tired, but more cinematically up to date than I was. I enjoyed a wide selection of fare and offer my critiques up to you here:-

  1. Revolutionary Road – Wow: this is a stagey little fucker. Kate Winslet must have given Sam Mendes the blow job of his life when he finally caved and offered her the female lead in this little number, because it has got “Best Actress Nomination” written all over it. Simmering resentment, rage, explosive anger, mental illness and soul-draining sadness – she gets to do it all. To be fair, she does it very well too (not as well as Kristin Scott Thomas does all this and more in “I Have Loved You So Long” – but that performance is in a different league to pretty much everything I have seen recently), and she is (as the fanfare reminded us) reunited to very good effect with Leonardo diCaprio, whom I thought was rather better, reacting with baffled, wounded despair and then anger to his beloved wife’s disappearance into this vengeful bitch. Not exactly a case of “Pass the Butterkist, Roger – it’s going to be a laugh-fest”, and certainly not one to watch with your other half – but very “accomplished”.
  2. “The Reader” – Having seen her in “Revolutionary Road”, I was keen to see the film for which Winslet DID win her Oscar – and I love the Bernard Schlink novel. I’m amazed. Winslet is fine in it, but not extraordinary (and she is hampered by some truly AWFUL “old age” make-up in the final section of the piece). I wondered if maybe Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant had got it right when they had her observe in “Extras” that one gets an Oscar when one does a Holocaust film – but then it struck me: it is in “The Reader” NOT “Revolutionary Road” that Kate shows us her vagina, thus instantly rendering her portrayal starkly moving, devoid of vanity, honest and searing: all Oscar shoo-in terms. The screenplay was ordinary, the direction was uninspired, and there was also Ralph Fiennes doing his “Man straining to have a shit” face that features in so many of his “serious roles”.
  3. “He’s Just Not That Into You”  – Look: I needed some light relief after the two above, and ti was this or “Confessions of a Shopaholic”. It was shit.
  4. “The Forty Year-Old Virgin” – Brilliant. Utterly, utterly, utterly brilliant.
  5. “50 First Dates” – Me As A Protestant is a huge Adam Sandler fan, and whilst I don’t appreciate everything in the same vein and extent that he does, I thought I’d give it a go (I have no idea if this is one of the Sandler oeuvre that he is either fond or dismissive of). I found it almost unbearably moving. It’s a far-fetched story about a man who falls in love with a woman whom an accident has left with her long-term memory entirely intact, but unable to remember anything that happened in the last 24 hours – so she forgets him every morning. It’s a beautiful story of unconditional love, sacrifice and faith. And it made me cry, which is disgusting.
  6. “Watchmen” – Shit. Leaden, awful, unimaginative shit.
  7. “Pan’s Labyrinth” – As brilliant as “Watchmen” was shit. Stunning.

Also on offer were: “Coraline” and “The Wrestler”, but seeing as the children, and Wife have (respectively) voiced a desire to see those, I left it until our happy reunion.

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