La La Land. January 2017.

Dear Rowley, It is always a mystery to me why it comes a shock to movie producers that musicals score like Reinaldo at the box office. Director/writer Damien Chazelle’s  La La Land  is a case in point. London in January … Continue reading

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Friends. July 2016.

Dear Rowley, Hardly a secret that life hasn’t been too easy of late. Point of fact, you honour, it hasn’t been too easy for quite a while now. I used to think I was terrible at asking for help but … Continue reading

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Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. February 2016.

Dear Rowley, At some stage in life, we can all identify with the Harold Arlen/Ted Koehler anthem I’ve Got A Right to Sing the Blues. Hell, at times, I’ve been feeling blue enough to caterwaul Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and … Continue reading

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Blue Murder. November 2015.

Dear Rowley, It was with some trepidation that I heard Sir Kenneth Brannagh is determined to remake Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. Granted, I found the Cybil Shepherd and Angela Lansbury reboot of The Lady Vanishes by far superior to … Continue reading

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Let’s Face the Music and Dance. August 2015.

Dear Rowley, Now I don’t mean to cause offence (much) and I certainly don’t want to sound like a prude but when in the name of Fred & Ginger did we get from Let’s Face the Music and Dance to Stupid … Continue reading

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