About Greer

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.

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Responses

  1. great site.

  2. Gawd, I have a lot of blogging to catch up on! I rarely have time to see new films, but I am very keen to check out Creation. Everything you described about it appeals to me, and I would love to find out for myself why friends are puzzled that you would go three times.

    Blog is fun and Greerrepressible, not at all Greerritating!

  3. Hi i met you recently at the british museum. unfortunately more sophisticated internet use requires assistance from the younger generation. You have led a most interesting and unusual life, my son is a real fan of the Oxford Picture house. Best wishes for the future,
    Jocelyn

    • Thank you so much for the kind comment, Jocelyn. I remember meeting you and I was most impressed by your specialist knowledge, which enhanced my museum visit. I hope we meet again. The Oxford cinema is one I used to attend and I am glad your son is a fan.

  4. Hello Greer, nice blog…. My girlfriend Carmel also reviews at http://carmelreviews.wordpress.com/

    You should check each other out…

    Good luck wrestling the maps,

    Pete

  5. good luck with your blog. Have fun and enjoy the experience. I read your piece on The Descendants and liked what I read.

    jmm

  6. Hi, Wonder can you help. We’ve just watched Passpot to Pimlico and my partner Brian is insisting that one of the children in the film is non other than George Cole. I can’t find his name listed in the credits and on looking through his filmography this film is not listed as one he appeared in. Can you confirm that one of the children featured is in fact George Cole. Many thanks. Regards, Edna.

    • Hi Edna, He wouldn’t have been a child as George Cole was 27 when the film of “Pimlico” was made. He was in three other films in 1952, but not in that one. There is a BBC Radio 4 radio dramatization of “Pimlico”, which is more recent and, curiously, George Cole does star in that. However, he isn’t in the movie version. Thanks for the comment!

  7. Hi Greer, Thank you so much for your help. That definitely solves that problem then! Love the site. Keep up the good work. kind regards, Edna.

    • No problem! And I do agree that one of the kids looks like a young George Cole, so it’s an intelligent thought.

    • And thank you, Edna, for your kind words. They are appreciated.

  8. You’re welcome! 🙂

  9. ” movies change the world and that’s a very good thing.” I do believe so

  10. I’ve tagged you if you are up for it 😛 http://foxxiecinnamon.wordpress.com/2013/02/20/tagged/

    • Super! Thank you!

  11. Hey, I’ve nominated you for an award if you want it ! http://foxxiecinnamon.wordpress.com/2013/03/16/dragon-loyalty-award/
    Don’t feel obligated to do it if you don’t want to 🙂

  12. Thank you! I appreciate it. What do I need to do?

  13. I have just seen the link properly. It’s clear what the next steps are. Thank you.

  14. Hello Greer! Thanks for coming over and playing at That’s So Jacob. Greetings from Madison, WI, USA, home of your newest follower. Come back soon!

    • Welcome, Jacob!

  15. nice blog, great content….an amateur like me has lots to learn from you..:)…very pleased to meet you Sir…:)

    • Thanks for the kind words! I am female and not male, but “sir” is fine!

      • Oops! I am sorry. Please dont mind it.

      • Oops! My bad! Sorry….please dont mind it..:)

  16. I don’t mind! No problem.

  17. I love movies too! You might want to check my post, “Christmas In The 50s.”
    Please have a blessed day.

    • It was good to read that. Thank you.

  18. Thank you on behalf of Daylight Tune Ministry to follow and like our ministry blog. May our poetry bless your hearts and minds 🙂

    • Happy New Year and thank you for following the review blog 🙂

      • You are welcome 🙂

  19. Thank you for your likes. I blitzed the people you may know menu, following a thousand people hoping to land on something good and this is good! I’m a big movie person and I need something like your blog in my feed. I would have retained you whether you ‘liked’ me or not, ha. Look forward to reading your posts.

    • You’re welcome.

  20. Thank you also to follow my blog and like my poetry. Hope you enjoy it 🙂

  21. I love movies – the first that I remember was a pure accident and not really suitable for a five year old.. It was my birthday and my mother promised to take me to the seaside which was close.. Being February it was cold and wet so I found myself in the cinema for the matinee..It was The Key with Sophia Loren, with William Holden and Trevor Howard.. My father was in the Royal Navy and at sea at the time. And I kept expecting to see him as they were in uniform some of the time.. 57 years later and I still love the movies. Great blog and shall be popping in and out for more..Thanks for following.

    • Thank you! I saw “The Key” when I was older, but it stood the test of time. Thank you for your kind comments. I loved your Irish jokes.

  22. Hi, I found you through Smorgasbord. I love movies, though my PTSD keeps me from seeing a lot of them.
    I look forward to reading your reviews.

    • Thank you! I have written down the titles of some of the books you’ve reviewed. Thank you for following me and I am now following you.

      • Thanks!

  23. Wow, Greer, you are a blogging vet! Since 2009?! I am just a newbie, started mine end of June this year. Thanks for becoming a follower!! BTW I used to work in film myself. Here’s my filmography:
    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0696196/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
    Heh, for what it’s worth, eh?
    I will try to read you regularly though my time is so scarce!
    Take care,
    Ellie P.

    • Wow, Ellie, I just read your filmography and I am very impressed. And, truly, I am glad I found your blog.

  24. Hi Greer, nice to meet you. I too love movies, but just about the only time I get to watch them is on flights. Not the best situation, but at least I get to catch up a bit.
    Thank you so much for following our blog. I hope you enjoy the stories of our journey. And don’t be a stranger – come on over and join the conversation.
    Blessings
    Alison

    • And I am enjoying reading about your adventures! Thank you for your comment.

  25. Thanks so much for stopping by and following my blog. I am sorry that you lost such a dear friend. I’m at an age where I am losing some of mine, too.

    • Thank you for the kind comment. It happens more and more, as we age. The death of a loved one always presents tough challenges. It’s so important to remember to celebrate the good memories, isn’t it?

  26. You had me nailed on at Local Hero. Music story and *swoon cinematography are a marvel. Go to Scotland every year just to pay homage to Forsyth…. Oh and thanks for the follow! We’re Ritzy people!

    • Thanks for a great comment!

  27. Wonderful blog. I’ll be a while reading through it…looking forward to it. Love the stunning photo in your blog header.

    • Thank you! Compliments on my writing and on my blog header? That improved my day.

  28. Hi Greer oh my blogging you are full of surprises I am so so proud of you lost for words how you embrace technology you certainly put me to shame.
    Loving this toolkit you put together although I haven’t been to the cinema for a while maybe we can attend a viewing one of these days. Good luck with your blogging my dear friend.

    • Hi there! It’s far too long since we met. Thank you or your kind words. I have now posted more than 600 reviews and forgot to celebrate passing that milestone. Thank you for your comment

  29. I agree with you that “films change the world” in so many ways. Mainly its in the mind of viewers as they enrich their lives, broaden their horizons, and see possibilities not visible before. Great blog.

    • Thank you for your kind comment. I am enjoying reading your blog.


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