I love movies. I live in east London, England and go to art galleries, opera, theatre and all kinds of music, but the thing I do most is go to movies, mostly at the truly wonderful Stratford Picture House but I am also very fond of the Vue in Romford and the Cineworld in West India Quay, Canary Wharf.
I have started to get to the other cinemas in the Picture House chain and they all have charm. Oxford’s is an old favourite of mine. My top five films ever are “Lost Horizon” (the original, not the remake), “Local Hero”, “The Last Wave”, “Flashback” and “Bladerunner”. “Laura” and “All About Eve” are always up there, on my list of favourites. I also have a very soft spot for “Gone With The Wind”, although I know it’s like candy and not good for me.
Film matters because it reflects the time and shows us ourselves. I never get the same buzz from any other art form. I don’t blog on every movie I see, as I work and have a busy life, but I continue to believe that movies change the world and that’s a very good thing.
Any day is improved by having Clint Eastwood or Lauren Bacall pop up on screen. I love all the classics and adore a lot of non-English language movies, especially French films (anything by Godard or Tati). As an unabashed populist, I have wide-ranging tastes, but things blowing up, chases and 3D will pull me into a film.
This entire blog is dedicated to the memory of Ken d’Albenas, who showed me how to do this blog and formed me, as I formed him, from 1972 when we met until 2010, when we last met. Rest in great peace, Ken, as that is what you brought me. K E d’Albenas, 1952-2010, computer guru and dearest friend.