Arthur Daley

This post was written a couple of days before the sad news of George Cole’s death. I hope this is a fitting tribute to the actor and his greatest character… There are few people whose names enter the lexicon of a language. If you hate the thought of spending money you’re a Scrooge. Block progress … More Arthur Daley

Partners In Crime

Andre Dussollier, Catherine Frot Dir. Pascal Thomas Dussollier is a rare kind of actor; one comfortable and effective in both serious and comedy roles. Daniel Auteuil and Fabrice Luchini are two who come instantly to mind, but there are others. I first came across the mad side of Dussollier in the film Tanguy, where in … More Partners In Crime

The Fast Lady (1963)

Stanley Baxter, Leslie Phillips, James Robertson Justice, Julie Christie Dir. Ken Annakin There is the outside chance that someone north of the border (Scotland, not Canada) might read the Kenneth Williams review and say what about Stanley Baxter? Well, what about him? I can’t say I was a fan of his until I saw him … More The Fast Lady (1963)

Kick Ass 2 (2013)

Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jim Carrey Dir. Jeff Wadlow Unlike Man of Steel, the bad guy in Kick Ass 2 has uncompromisingly bad traits. When the suggestion is made to him to kill Jim Carrey’s dog he responds by saying “I’m not that evil,” but really he is. With a name like … More Kick Ass 2 (2013)