A truly original project

A truly original project

Heaven Paul Poulton Project & Jeannie Poulton is an original. He puts himself completely into whatever he does, and that varies considerably – he has recently written the commentary ‘Genesis for Ordinary People’ and an Exodus follow-up. His hallmarks include integrity, passion and character. Though his budget must be slim, he gets a quality mix […]

A new perception on modern marriage

A new perception on modern marriage

Crazy Rich Asians (dir. John M Chu, cert. 12A) is an unusual romcom as the enamoured couple have already been together a year in New York when Nick Young (Henry Golding) asks Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) if she wants a break somewhere east. He means further east than Queens. Nick is to be best man […]

Remembering Saint Mungo

Remembering Saint Mungo

The life of St Mungo [‘the dear one’], patron saint of Glasgow, whose coat of arms [bell, bird, fish, tree] recalls his miraculous deeds, is the stuff of legend. His tomb in the crypt of Glasgow’s eponymous cathedral [he died in 614AD] was a major centre of Christian pilgrimage until Scotland’s Reformation. Son of a […]

Win a copy of the new Mary Magdalene DVD

Win a copy of the new Mary Magdalene DVD

Mary Magdalene (dir. Garth Davis), an extra-biblical story of how Mary (Rooney Mara) came to be a follower of Jesus (Joaquin Phoenix), builds on the premise that his disciples all expected the Kingdom of God to be a political and, if necessary, violent rejection of Roman rule. In that, Judas (Tahar Rahim) is the leading […]

Exploring missed opportunities

Exploring missed opportunities

In Edie (dir. Simon Hunter, cert. 12A), Sheila Hancock puts in a bravura performance as elderly widow Edith, driven by a past moment into attempting to climb Suilven, a remote Scottish mountain.It’s an enterprise unwise for the unfit, let alone an 83-year-old with creaky joints. The story deals with regret, a poor marriage, and a […]

Reviews: Brief Encounter / This is Elvis

Reviews: Brief Encounter / This is Elvis

Brief Encounter ★★★★ By Peter May Emma Rice may have ruffled some feathers during her time as artistic director over at the Shakespeare’s Globe, but here she resurrects one of her older shows, which became a debut hit ten years ago. This production of Noel Coward’s infamous movie from 1938 excels at being a beautiful […]

The cover is washed out, but the music shines brightly

The cover is washed out, but the music shines brightly

Yvonne Lyon Metanoia (Yvonnelyonmusic.com)   It’s a real shame that the cover of this disc is so washed out (intentionally retro?), because the music inside is a lot brighter. It starts off with the vibrant, mandolin-driven “Where the Poor Find Gold,” and while she doesn’t explicitly point to where that is, those who know of […]

The search for a ‘safe celestial place’

The search for a ‘safe celestial place’

Phantom Thread (dir. Paul Thomas Anderson, cert. 15) recreates the atmosphere of a 1950s haute couture salon in London, starring Daniel Day-Lewis. He plays Reynolds Woodcock, a fashion designer dedicated to his craft to the point of obsession, and making a muse and model of Alma (Vicky Krieps), a waitress at a hotel near his […]

CD of the Week

CD of the Week

Steve Hackett Wuthering Nights: Live in Birmingham (Inside Out) Given that this live album partly celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Genesis album Wind and Wuthering, it’s hard to think of a better title than ‘Wuthering Nights,’ but there’s much about this package that is hard to beat: band, set list, sound and vision are just […]

A joyful celebration of family life

A joyful celebration of family life

Coco (dir. Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina, cert. PG) is a great animated film from Pixar, even though the “day of the dead” theme may not suit all children and obviously doesn’t match any traditional understanding of the afterlife. Miguel (voiced by Anthony Gonzalez) is a young Mexican boy whose passion for music stems from his […]

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