Week Notes 2021-04

  • Above: Peter Bradshaw (The Guardian’s film reviewer) reviews Netflix’s Pretend It’s A City. Somehow this series completely passed me by until a few friends recommended it to me which doesn’t say a lot for Netflix’s algorithm. I love Fran Lebowitz, documentaries, New York and Martin Scorsese. If you haven’t watched it yet, it’s a great lockdown blues antidote.
  • And now: an article about a dead dog. Yeah, I know I’m not selling that. But, trust me. This is something written about someone who loved a dog, but it’s not sanctimonious or sappy. It’s very honest and all the better for it.
  • And now: a film starring Freddie Starr. Ok, let me explain. The Squeeze was directed by the great Michael Apted, he of the 7 Up series of documentaries. Apted died in the first week of January and so I hunted down this gritty crime thriller to watch. It’s very much in that 70s London-based gangster genre (think Long Good Friday). And although Freddie Starr has a decent-sized role in it, I still managed to enjoy it quite a bit.
  • We also watched the documentary Time. A lot of people’s film of the year last year (or at least top 3), Time is the story of Fox Rich, the “indomitable matriarch and modern-day abolitionist” who is looking after her family together while fighting for the release of her husband who is serving a sixty year sentence for armed robbery. It’s a very powerful and beautiful film, almost impressionistic in the way it’s shot and edited. And with great music.
  • Album of the week (maybe the month?) is definitely Bicep’s new one. Been waiting for this for months and it doesn’t disappoint:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *