The Big Dark: My Pre-Oscars Movie Marathon Begins

It happens every year at this time. In the two months leading up to the Oscars I task myself with making sure I’ve seen all the films which are nominated, or all those that I think “count” which means they aren’t too scary for me like last year’s Django Unchained, however good, however highly regarded and however many awards it receives. Don’t force me to choose between reading and films; it would be a very difficult choice indeed. I think I would have to come down on the side of reading but I love cinema with every fibre of my […]

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Caribbean Christmas 27: Holiday Pastimes

I am not sure about the word pastimes because its rather Victorian and also it implies one needs something to pass the time with.   Generally I don’t.   My bleat is usually that I dont have enough time.   But a month off does have its rewards, namely plenty of time for pursuing a couple of my favourite hobbies, watching films and reading. Its not the first holiday we’ve been on where the landlords have left a random selection of DVDs in their property for our delectation and delight.   As soon as we arrived, I mooched through over 25 or 30 and selected five I […]

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