Film: Melinda and Melinda (2004)

One of the reasons that I enjoy Melinda and Melinda so much is that I originally found it to be something of a self-revelatory watch. If you were to ask me about my general outlook, I would probably place myself in the category of “glass half empty” (As Alvy Singer said, “I have a pessimistic…

Film: Rio Bravo (1953): A Perfect Shot

The perfect shot in Rio Bravo (Howard Hawks, 1958) takes place during the tense barroom scene in the first third of the film. That scene depicts a close interrogation of the bar’s patrons by Dean Martin’s character Dude, and John Wayne’s sheriff John T Chance as they try to track down a murderer on the…

Film: The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962): A Perfect Shot

“No, sir. This is the West, sir. When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.” Maxwell Scott, The Man who Shot Liberty Valance The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance is an epic work by John Ford which centres on its two leading characters. Ranse Stoddard, played by Jimmy Stewart, is the mild mannered man of…

Football: The Kings of Lyon – Memories of the Green & White Army in France

Liberté, Egalité, Lafferty Match 1 – Nice – NI v Poland Match 2 – Lyon – NI v Ukraine Match 3 – Paris – NI v Germany Match 4 – Paris – NI v Wales Au revoir France; Bonjour Belfast …and finally; when you’re feeling down in days to come remember Will Grigg’s on fire and their defence is terrified… Editor’s…