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TRAINSPOTTING 2 directed by Danny Boyle (UK, 2016)

trainspotting2posterI was a big fan of the 1970s British sit com ‘Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads’ in which two buddies meet up again after drifting apart for five years.

When they reconnect, one, Bob Ferris (Rodney Bewes) is nurturing nouveau riche trappings and getting settled into a cosy, middle-class suburban niche complete with a conventional, status conscious, fiancé. Meanwhile, Terry Collier (James Bolan) remains stubbornly working class. He is back from Germany after a failed marriage and a wound sustained during military service that he prefers not to talk about.

“What became of those people we used to be”, ran the show’s theme tune and this is also the unspoken question that hangs over Danny Boyle’s sequel to the hugely successly 1996 Trainspotting movie. Continue reading

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Continuing my list of the fifty Greatest British Cult Movies, here is my selection from 30 -21:

30. THE BELLES OF ST TRINIAN’S Frank Launder (1954)

The first and best of the five movies in the series based on the cartoons of Ronald Searle. There are great comic turns by Alistair Sim (in two roles as headmistress and her scheming brother), Joyce Grenfell (as the games teacher) and George Cole (as Flash Harry). This, plus numerous assorted nubiles in gymslips – what’s not to like?

 29. GOLDFINGER Terence Young (1964)

You can’t have a list like this without a Bond movie and it has to be one with Sean Connery as 007. Goldfinger is my favourite because it has the best villains Auric Goldfinger (Gert Fröbe) and Oddjob (Harold Sakata) , great Bond girls Pussy Galore (Honor Blackman) and Jill Masterson (Shirley Eaton) as well as having the usual  ridiculous action scenes. Continue reading

Beginners cast , clockwise: Oliver (Ewan McGregor), Arthur (Cosmo), Hal (Christopher Plummer) + Anna (Mélanie Laurent)

Beginners, directed by Mike Mills,is one of those modest, yet quietly brilliant , movies that gets universally praised by the critics but largely ignored by the public.

It would have passed me by too had I not been intrigued to learn why it had garnered such acclaim at both Metacritic and Rotten Tomatoes.

It fully deserves this praise because it stands head and shoulders above the relentless spate of  brash and largely forgettable Rom-Coms.

Unlike those films, Beginners is not aimed at  libidinous teenagers but is interested in showing modern love (both straight and gay) in a way that makes us both understand and care for the characters.

The movie’s themes mirror  the colours of the rainbow flag used as a symbol of the Gay Pride movement: red for life, orange for healing, yellow  for sunlight, green for nature, turquoise for magic, blue for serenity, and violet  for spirit.

There is no slapstick humour or crude innuendo yet it is both funny and sexy. It is touching and sad too but not in a downbeat way. Continue reading

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