Sunday, 13 March 2011

review: Another Year

by Oli

Another Year is principally a film about Jim Broadbent, although it is also about life.

At times the film is very sad and at other times it is very happy. Its director, Mike Leigh, expertly weighed these two against one another. I do not like to feel an overabundance of any emotion, and by the end of Another Year my emotions suitably cancelled one another out. I was void.

The film is not a documentary, although the excellence of the acting could easily trick a more naive cinema-goer into thinking that this was the case. I was not fooled, because I correctly noticed that the character Tom Hepple was played by Jim Broadbent - Jim Broadbent's name is not Tom Hepple.

Overall, I recommend Another Year to everybody.

Tuesday, 4 January 2011


by Oli

I am currently suffering from some flu. This has made me deeply unhappy, particularly as it is beginning to affect my sleep.

Last night I dreamt that I was reading a book. The book was a relatively unworthy piece of pulp that I was reading, I assume, because little else was going on in dreamworld (all the dreamcinemas and dreambowling-alleys were shut for dreamChristmas). I woke up with a fever. In a panic, I convinced myself that I had to specify precisely when each character had begun to date their respective partner in the book, or else something bad would happen.

It soon became apparent that this task was impossible. The book's characters were all teenagers and were each dating EVERYONE. 

I eagerly anticipate a return to health and the safe return of monogamy to my dreams.