Film critic, novelist, photographer, style icon and conceptual billionaire. Likes frites, beer and chocolate. Lives in Brussels.

An education that is very British — Blame it on too much early exposure to comics like Bunty, but I'm excited about seeing An Education, because parts of it are set in a girls' school that sounds an awful lot like the one I went to, except we played hockey instead of lacrosse.

Helen Mirren tribute — You don't get to be a National Treasure without putting in a lot of legwork. Helen Mirren might be a junior member in today's triumvirate of Great British Dames - she was born a decade after Maggie Smith and Judi Dench - but like them her current fame is only the tip of a very large iceberg.

film's annus mirabilis — In 1982, the mood in the United Kingdom was one of brash optimism. Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan were the best of friends. Before the year was out, Britain would boot Argentina out of the Falklands, Princess Diana would give birth to an heir to the throne, and Henry VIII's flagship, The Mary Rose, would be dredged up from the Solent.

Why We Have All Fallen For Eva Green — March 11th, 2015   G 300: Rise of an Empire, Article, Camelot, Casino Royale, Cracks, Review, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, The Perfect Sense, The Salvation, White Bird in a Blizzard, Womb   No Comments By Anne Billson There are few experiences in modern cinema quite as intoxicating as watching Eva Green behaving badly.

Dark side of Eva Green — There are few experiences in modern cinema quite as intoxicating as watching Eva Green behaving badly. Whether she's an American housewife on the verge of a nervous breakdown in White Bird in a Blizzard, or fixing those deep turquoise eyes on her oppressors in the revenge western The Salvation, or wrestling demons in the TV series Penny Dreadful, it's impossible to tear your gaze away.

Kristen Stewart best movies — Last month, Kristen Stewart made history by being the first American actress to win a César, the French equivalent of an Oscar. This will have no doubt come as a surprise to her many detractors, who regularly flock to Facebook, YouTube and Goodreads threads to endorse proclamations such as: "I can't believe why anyone keeps hiring her", and: "Kristen Stewart can't act".

The frightful rise of low-budget horror films — Filmgoers have been falling over themselves to complain about Fifty Shades of Grey, but I wonder how many of them will put their money where their mouths are by going to see another, more intriguing film about sexual domination that has just opened.

Rogue Trader, review: 'a criminal waste of a brilliant story' — Every week there seems to be at least one new British film to remind us of Franois Truffaut's observation that "There's something about England that's anti-cinematic." Even seemingly foolproof material gets the silk-purse-into-sow's-ear treatment.

The eclectic, unpredictable career of Ralph Fiennes — The poshness of British actors has been much discussed, and they don't come much posher than Ralph Fiennes. Haut-boho background, eighth cousin to the Prince of Wales; RADA-trained, RSC-honed; not pronounced Ralph but "Rayfe". Yet Fiennes's career has been so eclectic and unpredictable that he has somehow managed to sidestep the "posh" tag.

Anne Billson on three-act structure — Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol is yet another sad example of a once-punchy title getting saddled with needless punctuation and verbiage. As for the film itself - the first act's a blast, the second is gripping, the third is ... meh, proving it's not just the title that suffers from an anticlimactic tail-off.
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May 24, 2015

Back here again, mainly because of the wi-fi. But music good too. That's me in the corner, losing my religion.

May 24, 2015

@JonArtB One of cinema's great humanists. Lovely lovely stuff, honestly earned sentiment, never fails to make me cry.

May 24, 2015

Please add the Kore-eda to that list. Goes without saying. One of my favourite directors. I will TRAVEL to see his films; always worth it.

May 24, 2015

Cannes films I’m most looking forward to: Tale of Tales, The Assassin, Youth, The Lobster. Also Vincent Lindon. Hurry up & come to Brussels!

May 24, 2015

@DegenerateBoy What I thought - though in this case such an ugly building it’s not THAT much of a loss. But it’s the only cinema in town!

May 24, 2015

RT @robbiereviews: Grand Prix goes to László Nemes's Son of Saul, which means *whatever* wins the Palme d'Or will be #problematic #Cannes2015

May 24, 2015

Love Oostende Kinepolis. Last week was one other person in my screening of TOMORROWLAND. Today was ON MY OWN for FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD.

May 24, 2015

@ejhchess Really? Well it drives me mad, because I WÀNT them to speak Vlaams to me. And will they heck?

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