Coming after the masterpiece that was Rear Window and a few years before the late purple patch that began with Vertigo, To Catch a Thief (1955) occupi(...)

Clean dem spatz: We'z outta here!

How hot do we like it? Let us begin by dipping a toe in the most scalding water. Over half a century after Billy Wilder’s most popular comedy first sp(...)

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Worryingly, this year I hit the same age as Billy Crystal’s character in City Slickers. Yes, I am now in the same age bracket as the central player(...)

At Angie’s insistence, the bank holiday morning had begun with a pre-breakfast vigorous series of stretches in the back garden at Mount Prospect Avenu(...)

It’s the little things that count. This might seem like an odd thing to say when it comes to a grand period manor house, with formal gardens, a(...)

Grand Budapest Hotel 2:25

A few critics have, from time to time, accused Wes Anderson of “contrivance”. What now? All fictions are contrived. Unlike real life, stories tend (...)

Oscar-winning actress Joan Fontaine

Oscar-winning actor Joan Fontaine, who has died aged 96, was one of the last of the leading ladies from Hollywood’s golden age. Her life was marked by(...)

Red 2

Well, I suppose it’s as well for them all to enjoy a bit of fresh air. It can’t be good for these veterans to sit around the house eating mints and sh(...)