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Notes on a Scandal


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This post was published more than 12 years ago

I keep old posts on the site because I often enjoy reading old content on other people's sites. It can be interesting to see how views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have, to put it mildly, mellowed.

I'm not a believer in brushing the past under the carpet. I've written some offensive rubbish on here in the past: deleting it and pretending it never happened doesn't change that. I hope that stumbling across something that's 12 years old won't offend anyone anew, because I hope that people can understand that what I thought and felt and wrote about then is probably very different to what I think and feel and wrote about now. It's a relic of an (albeit recent) bygone era.

So, given the age of this post, please bear in mind:

  • My views may well have changed in the last 12 years. I have written some very silly things over the years, many of which I find utterly cringeworthy today.
  • This post might use words or language in ways which I would now consider highly inappropriate, offensive, embarrassing, or all three.
  • Factual information might be outdated.
  • Links might be broken, and embedded material might not appear properly.

Okay. Consider yourself duly warned. Read on...

Notes on a ScandalIt’s a good while since I last posted about a film. In fact, the last I wrote on the subject was my seemingly scathing review of The Da Vinci Code in May last year. That is, at least in part, because I am terrible at writing film reviews.

Over the weekend, though, I went to see Notes on a Scandal, and now feel compelled to post about it. It is an absolutely brilliant film. I know people say that too much, and you can find blogs anywhere that will say any film is brilliant, but this one is really, really good. And if you’re going to skip to the trailer, please don’t be put off – it’s a little lacklustre compared to the movie itself, and you’ll be glad to hear that the sound on the movie is actually in sync with the video, unlike on my dodgy copy of the trailer.

In the film, Judi Dench perfectly protrays Barbara Covett, a near-retirement teacher who discovers an affair between the new, young and beautiful art teacher Sheba Heart (played by Cate Blanchett), and the film follows both as their worlds fall apart. It’s very hard to write about the film without spoiling it, and yet also convey how excellent it is. It comes very highly recommended.

Just go and see it…!

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This 1,055th post was filed under: Reviews.

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