Author Archives: suebandooli

Falling in love again with creativity

I’ve been filming bits and bobs with my new camera and sound equipment and editing by learning how to use Adobe Premiere Pro (thanks YouTubers). There has never been a better time for the autodidactic/creative in me to acquire knowledge … Continue reading

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Scandi-noir & the House of Cards

As I have just finished watching Borgen, my Saturday nights and Sunday mornings just won’t be quite the same. To end 2012 I’d indulged my Danish-noir fetish through every episode of each series of Forbrydelsen (The Killing), so the return … Continue reading

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The Culture Show

I should have gone to bed at an early hour last night, but I stayed up to watch this edition of the Culture Show on BBC2 and I’m so glad that I did. Inspiring and humbling stuff. Sam Mendes: A … Continue reading

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The Rivals by James Naughtie

I’m enjoying this unofficial biography far too much. One of the many passages which caught my eye gives an amusing yet critical insight to the nature of the relationship between the PMO & the press: The 2001 General Election Campaign… Two … Continue reading

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Far North (not far enough)

I’ve been looking forward to Far North (2007) for ages. When it first came out I bought tickets to the screening at the BFI Southbank with Asif Kapadia doing a Q& A afterwards.  I didn’t get to go in the … Continue reading

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The Pianist (2002)

  I’ve had this DVD sitting in my movie drawer for ages. LOVEFiLM have been very patient with me (thanks guys). The Pianist is probably not the sort of film one would associate with this time of the year, but … Continue reading

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Cars 2 (unreviewed)

Xmas TV viewing is often a compromise. This year I’ve just steered clear of most televisual fare, but my husband promised the girls that we would ALL sit down together and watch something that wasn’t Merlin (more on Merlin’s series … Continue reading

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You can’t please everyone

Finding the perfect family film has always been difficult for us lot. Tastes vary from political thrillers to action & sci-fi to art-house, Pixar & Disney, horror, slapstick, film-noir & the nouvelle vague. We are a motley crew ranging from … Continue reading

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Mightier than the sword

Today has been very satisfying on a multitude of levels. I got up early, cooked carrot & tomato soup (I make fantastic soup, by the way, from fresh organic ingredients) and put a roast on for lunch. Then collected my … Continue reading

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Zero-tolerance approach

Last October, Rupert Murdoch gave the inaugural Margaret Thatcher Lecture at the Centre for Policy Studies during which he said: “A free society requires an independent press: turbulent, inquiring, bustling, and free. That’s why our journalism is hard-driving and questioning … Continue reading

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