Film critic, novelist, photographer, style icon, wicked spinster, evil feminist, international cat-sitter. Likes frites, beer and chocolate. Lives in Belgium.

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SOME THOUGHTS ABOUT FINDING VIVIAN MAIER

multiglom.com — I wrote about photographers in the movies for the Telegraph website, to tie in with the UK release of the documentary Finding Vivian Maier. My first draft, however, didn't go to plan; what I wrote turned into a sort of review, or at least a collection of thoughts inspired by the film, instead of the...

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Anne Billson | How could Coco Before Chanel be so sloppy in casting thin models? | Film | The Guardian

theguardian.com — There's a distracting anachronism in Coco Before Chanel, but luckily it crops up too late to be truly annoying. In a mood of bittersweet triumph, our heroine is putting the finishing touches to her first collection (and if you think that's a spoiler, you really need to get out more).

Why hitwomen must be fitwomen

theguardian.com — Colombiana is the sort of film in which a caring dad yells "Hurry! Men are coming to kill us!" before dallying for 10 minutes to tell his daughter he named her after an orchid. Nine-year-old Cataleya gives her parents' murderers the slip via the now-obligatory parkour tour of the favela, and grows into a sexy contract killer whose boyfriend doesn't know what business she's in.

Anton Yelchin cannot be replaced - there is no one as normal left in Hollywood

theguardian.com — The untimely passing of a promising young actor can generate a sense of loss in audiences whose closest connection to the man was seeing him on screen. Obviously this loss is as a gnat-bite compared to the bereavement of family and friends, but the tragic death of Anton Yelchin is making me appreciate how much I'd been taking him for granted.

I swear movie anachronisms are on the mega-increase

theguardian.com — Much as I wanted to enjoy Super 8, I kept getting distracted by anachronisms. The film is set, specifically, in a small Ohio town in the summer of 1979, yet one of the kids compares an alien building block to a Rubik's Cube, which didn't go on sale till 1980.

What Mesrine taught me about classical music

theguardian.com — There's a musical cue in Mesrine: Public Enemy Number One that made me sit up and take notice - and it wasn't the montage set to London Calling by the Clash, which is becoming as cliched a way of signalling "We're in LONDON!" as a shot of Big Ben.

AMUSE-BOUCHES: SOME SHORT STORIES BY ANNE BILLSON (ME)

multiglom.com — At the end of last year there was a call for short stories for inclusion in a volume to be titled Respectable Horror. I wrote one called Dirty Martini, but didn't finish it in time to meet the deadline. I decided to make an ebook out of it, and because offering just a single story...
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Jul 26, 2016

Peter Sellers as Clare Quilty in LOLITA (with Marianne Stone as Vivian Darkbloom) is my dancing role model.  https://youtu.be/MMZrVQgIR_U 

Jul 26, 2016

RT @alexcuadros: Rio cocaine dealers now using the Olympic logo, plus the warning "don't use near children," which is very thoughtful https://t.co/8M0e551eej

Jul 26, 2016

Sellers is miscast (his dancing is great though) & England looks NOTHING like USA but Mason & Winters both terrific.  https://twitter.com/charliehillart6/status/757968810397736960 

Jul 26, 2016

@NinjaWorrier I think Matt Dillon (or was it Ben Stiller?) throws a dog through the window in There's Something About Mary.

Jul 26, 2016

When dogs die it's sad. When cats die it's supposed to be funny. Supercut illustrating Hollywood's anti-cat bias.  https://twitter.com/FilmmakerMag/status/757962081824043008 

Jul 26, 2016

RT @kibblesmith: When you meet a European couple on vacation who wants to swing and you're like, shit maybe https://t.co/mN73uZ5wV3

Jul 26, 2016

RT @barneyfarmer: Same happened to me only it wasn't an old lady it was a black-eyed ghost child and they wasn't tears they was blood. https://t.co/xDAqw1dpHY


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