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Scenes of a Sexual Nature (2006)

In feel good, film, Giggles, LGTB, Recommendation, romantic on 28/10/2012 at 4:32 pm

Not a fan of romantic comedy dramas? Nah, nor am I. Make an exception this time.
Scenes of a Sexual Nature is a warm summer afternoon on London’s beautiful Hampstead Heath, capturing brief moments in seven couples’ lives. The scenes are odd, all funny and generally unexpected and surprising. It’s very well written daily life with all the extremes of the ordinary we take for granted. Things stranger than fiction, made into good comedy.

On top of all this praise, it’s all the more fun to watch because the cast is well starry and you’re likely to come across one or two of your favourite British actors making some sort of an idiot out of themselves. Take your pick: Tom Hardy, Gina McKee, Catherine Tate, Hugh Bonneville, Eileen Atkins, Sophie Okonedo and oh yes, Ewan McGregor.

More small independent films like this please.

Stuart, a Life Backwards (2007)

In Amazing, BBC, biopic, film, Recommendation on 27/10/2012 at 2:38 pm

This is quite brilliant. Or actually Tom Hardy is quite brilliant as the very seriously fucked up Stuart Shorter.

Shorter is a very real extremely violent and traumatised homeless alcoholic from Cambridge, really: this BBC/HBO co-production is an adaptation of Stuart Shorter’s biography by Alexander Masters.

For the film, Masters has turned into Benedict Cumberbatch, who tries to figure out Stuart for the purpose of his book. They of course go through all sorts of personal processes, predictable but essential, and they do it it quite spectacularly. Then there’s the bits where you see Stuart’s life backwards, which still doesn’t explain his insanity, but is very impressive nonetheless.

I don’t think this needs much more explaining. Just watch it. Good film stamp.

The Politician’s Wife (1995)

In political, Recommendation, Review, series on 13/10/2012 at 11:07 pm

So, not all drama made in the 1990s was mediocre, this 3 part Channel 4 diamond proves it. Also, do you remember what mobile phones looked like back then? And the hair – please can we never have the hairdos back. Please.

Frolicking aside – The Politician’s Wife is the enthralling story of Flora (Juliet Stevenson) and what happens after her conservative MP husband Duncan (Trevor Eve) becomes the focal point of a political sex scandal: apparently he was shagging a former escort (in the tempting shape of Minnie Driver). It’s a simple starting point, but don’t be fooled. Flora isn’t a simple character and Stevenson admirably makes her profound and real. What follows is lots of political intrigue and even more power play, set against the society and the politics of the time. The well written plot engages throughout, and Flora is just ordinary enough to relate to and out-of-the-ordinary enough to then baffle, then amaze.

The Politician’s Wife also digs quite deeply into the intimate workings of the Conservative Party, which if you’re anything like me, is quite interesting because I generally fail to understand the relationship between said party and actual human beings.

The Politician’s Wife is available on 4od, DVD and on YouTube in full. Sorry to say there is no trailer for it.