Once

OnceI recommend the novel Once by Morris Gleitzman. Well, I was going to. Then I read the sequel Then before I had a chance to put pen to paper / finger to keyboard and I would be doing Gleitzman and anyone reading this a great disservice if I didn’t recommend both. In fact, I’m tempted to provisionally recommend the further sequels After and Now as I can’t imagine that they’ll be anything less than superb.

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Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

The Force AwakensI recommend Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. I viewed the film without having any of it spoiled for me and I’ve written this recommendation without reading any other responses to it (although I have seen some videos of John Boyega popping up at screenings and everyone seemed pretty happy to see him.) I think your enjoyment of the film may be ruined if you know what’s coming, and not just because all stories are best enjoyed unspoiled, because part of the joy of The Force Awakens was in the satisfying click as each character slotted into their role in the renewed cycle of Star Wars narrative. If you haven’t seen the film you should be aware that this post will be riddled with the spolieriest of spoilers.

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I always knew you would like Four Lions

Four Lions.pngI recommend the 2010 film Four Lions. It was directed by the reclusive comedy genius Chris Morris, who wrote it with Peep Show writers Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain.

This is another post in my ‘I always knew you would like this…’ series. Back in 2010, 16 year old me had a crack at articulating the brilliance of this perfectly pitched satire of jihadi terrorists. I wonder how I did?

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