Musical Evenings with the Captain

A nautical theme this week, as Brit selects pieces from a great movie soundtrack... Not only is Patrick O’Brian’s 'Aubrey-Maturin' series of books one of the great reading experiences available to mankind but it has also spawned a fine movie in Peter Weir's  Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.  The ... Read More...

Marshy Punting

Ruskin, as we discovered earlier this week, knew a thing or two about hawthorn blossom. But was he right about Tennyson's marshy punting? And what are Spiritual Boats? Frank investigates... In the poetry of Tennyson, boating has “a very marshy and punt-like character”. This is the view of John Ruskin, in ... Read More...

Songs from the Non-Musicals

Some of the most memorable films live on in our affections not just because they're beautifully shot or well acted or superbly scripted. Sometimes what really makes them stick in our memory is a song... The right sort of song - presented in the right way, in the right place, and ... Read More...

Happy Birthday Dustin!

On his birthday we pay tribute to a great actor - and one of life's scrappers. Dustin Hoffman celebrates three-quarters of a century this month. Obviously a great actor, but just as obviously quite funny looking. He had to wait until he was 29 for his break - in The Graduate ... Read More...

Location, location

Kensington Gore: Luke Honey takes us on a trip around some London landmarks captured on film and uncovers some strange and groovy goings on down the King's Road... I first noticed him one Saturday morning; about a week or so after moving into my new house in Battersea: a man with ... Read More...

Critical Mass at The Cinema Museum

When I was invited to a preview of independent filmmaker Mike Freedman’s latest documentary, I turned on my SatNav and headed for somewhere in SE11. Manoeuvring into the narrow driveway of what initially looked like a modern housing development, but then appeared to be the entrance to some sort of ... Read More...

Brief Encounters

Quintessential Mahlerman this week: four exemplary unions of music and film... A few weeks ago I took a sideways look at plagiarism in movie scores, going on to name the guilty men and sit them on the naughty-step. But a much easier route has always been available to film producers when ... Read More...