Archive for the ‘Watching’ Category


94 – Sunday 4 April 2010 : a single man

In Watching on April 5, 2010 by Gabor Tagged: ,

Out to the cinema again, to see A Single Man. Excellent film with Colin Firth. A gay man in the early 1960s, grieving over the recent death of his partner.

An excellent performance by Mr Firth, who seems destined to play roles that involve getting wet.



93 – Saturday 3 April 2010 : the eleventh doctor

In Watching on April 3, 2010 by Gabor Tagged:

Matt Smith made his debut as Doctor Who today. Once again a most enjoyable episode. The eleventh Doctor should be a good one.

The new assistant Amy Pond was very sexy in her kissagram police woman’s outfit, and it was a clever touch giving Patrick Moore a cameo role.


92 – Good Friday, 2 April 2010 : fire up the quattro

In Watching on April 2, 2010 by Gabor Tagged: ,

Watching the 3rd series of Ashes To Ashes, which started tonight. Gene Hunt on good form as ever. And a good new plot idea, in the introduction of DCI Jim Keats from Discipline & Complaints.

Presumably it was intentional that the girl whose kidnap provided the storyline for this week’s episode was called Dotty Blonde.

Promises to be a good series.


89 – Tuesday 30 March 2019 : the moving finger writes

In Watching on March 30, 2010 by Gabor Tagged:

This evening we watched an excellent BBC documentary on The Genius of Omar Khayyam, 11th century Persian poet and astronomer. Interviews and scientific discourse interleaved with readings from his famous Rubaiyat. The 19th century translation by Edward Fitzgerald is beautiful. We have just ordered a copy.

The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
  Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
  Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.

The BBC programme can be seen on the iPlayer here:


87 – Sunday 28 March 2009 : the girl with the dragon tattoo

In Watching on March 28, 2010 by Gabor Tagged: , , ,

Caroline and I saw this movie tonight.  We were really looking forward to it, having read the book (by Swedish writer Stieg Larsson).

I am so pleased that the film was made by Swedes and not in Hollywood.  It was faithful to the essentials of the book.  Indeed I am sure that even more people will be prompted to read the book having seen the movie.

Noomi Rapace is perfect as Lisbeth Salander, the girl with the dragon tattoo.  She really got the character right.  The photography of Sweden was excellent.

A word of warning, though.  There are some brutal scenes.  These are perhaps explained by the fact that the Swedish title of the book is “Men Who Hate Women”, and there is some unpleasant violence in the book. A Hollywood film would have overdone this aspect, I think.

We are now waiting for the third and final book in the series, due from Amazon when it is published in the UK within a few days.


72 – Saturday 13 March 2010 : Scotland 15 – England 15

In Watching on March 13, 2010 by Gabor Tagged:

What a boring rugby match I have been compelled to sit through.  Both sides trading penalties, neither showing any invention.  There was never any danger of  a try.


49 – Thursday 18 February 2010 : I’ve loved you so long

In Watching on February 19, 2010 by Gabor Tagged:

I watched the dvd of the movie I’ve Loved You So Long ((Il y a Longtemps Que Je T’Aime), directed by Philippe Claudel with Kristin Scott Thomas and Elsa Zylberstein, 2008.

A powerful, emotional movie.  A really strong performance by Kristin Scott Thomas.  One of those movies which the French make so well in which the character’s true story comes out only slowly through the film, ending with a really intense, gripping scene.

I agree with Peter Bradshaw in The Guardian that this is easily the best performance of Kristin Scott Thomas’s career.  (Read his review here.)


I was thinking about using this photo (below), but then I noticed that in every example I can find on a google images search the cigarette in KST’s hand has been blanked out.