2017 – 2018 Championship: Bristol City 5 (Five) Hull City 5 (Five)

One goal scored every 540 seconds at Ashton Gate this afternoon. Lord have mercy. At first, it looked like it might have been an otiose end-of-season kick about: Hull aren’t going down and Bristol City, while only a few points off of the play-offs, have a bus queue between us and sixth place. Hull City…

Just One View: Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)

Guy Ritchie films. Oh, my. I saw his ‘Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels’ (1998) and thought that it was irritating and unfunny. Gah. I hate geezerism. I hate his phoney-baloney affected working-classisms. His films make me tired all over. Hang on: I quite liked ‘Snatch’ (2000), relatively speaking: Jason Statham can make any rubbish…

2017 – 2018 Championship: Bristol City 3 Birmingham City 1

The last time that Bristol City got relegated from the Championship, it was Birmingham City who stomped on our white-knuckled fingertips. I’ll remember it most for when, resigned to our fate, the home crowd started to sing: “Que sera sera. Whatever will be, will be…….”. …Eh? But we’re going down to League One….? Why are…

The Guardian’s Series on Decades of Cinema: 1990s

You get better at doing things the more you do it – learning a language; playing jazz flute – but many film-makers get too lazy, fat and comfortable. I still think that ‘Kes’ and ‘Family Life‘ are two of his best but, after two decades in the wilderness, Ken Loach came roaring back with ‘Hidden…

The Guardian’s Series on Decades of Cinema: 1950s

‘Seven Samurai’ (1954) is one of those really long films which is so perfectly constructed, so compelling, that it seems weightless: you don’t notice its running time at all. Gene Kelly’s ‘Singin’ In The Rain’ (1952) and ‘An American In Paris’ (1951) also still seem fresh, creative and funny: not only in the scripts but…

The Guardian’s Series on Decades of Cinema: 1930s & 1920s

“It was all too much for American conservatives, whose outrage led to the Hays Code being enforced from mid-1934. The guidelines decreed that movies would no longer be allowed to show any sympathy with crime, wrongdoing, evil or sin. Under its many provisions, there would be no nudity, no “sex perversion” (homosexuality or cross-dressing), no…

The Guardian’s Series on Decades of Cinema: 1970s

“…why the 1970s is my favourite film decade…”. The 1970s is everyone’s favourite decade. As a small child, my father would insist that I’d stay up with him to watch ‘All The President’s Men’ (1976) and ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest’ (1975) whenever they’d pop up on a late night BBC screening. I miss the BBC’s…

2017 – 2018 Championship Bristol City 0 Brentford 1

Bristol City played like they were shot-to-pieces. I don’t place much stock in football statistics. You can have great possession statistics, for example, but is that because the other side can’t get the ball off of you or because you keep cluelessly, harmlessly knocking the ball around the half way line, wondering what to do…

The Guardian’s Series on Decades of Cinema: 1960s

I’d like to think that Steve and whoever drew the 1970s did a double ‘Homer Simpson’: “Woooo-hoooo!” and then “D’oh!” when they wondered how they were going to cram everything in and stick to the word limit. Costa-Gavras’ ‘Z’ (1969). A French/Algerian political thriller that got nominated for both the Best Film In A Foreign Language…

The Guardian’s Series on Decades of Cinema: 2010s

The Act of Killing (2012) I just want a good film. I have zero interest in someone’s sexual orientation or gender or race or age, I only care whether their film’s good or not. The transaction is a good film in exchange for my money and my time. Film-makers aren’t my friends; they aren’t people…

The Guardian’s Series on Decades of Cinema: 1940s

‘The Great Dictator’ (1940). The film is astounding. I remember watching the episode of Blackadder Goes Forth, when I was little, that hammered Chaplin into the ground, although Chaplin got the last word in the series, mandating that Blackadder was the projectionist for his films. So, I kind of gave his films the body swerve…