The Secret In Their Eyes - directed by Juan Jose Campenella
Absolutely deserved its best foreign picture Oscar. Classy film noir. Argentinian romance and crime – a knock out combination in my book.
Made In Dagenham – a winning mixture of politics, style, and pure entertainment.
Inception – very clever but not too much for its own good.
A Prophet –violent but also classy and intelligent and thoroughly gripping.
1984 – Royal Exchange
Full marks for this spellbinding and terrifying adaption of Orwell’s classic novel.
Hamlet – National Theatre – a brilliant performance from Rory Kinnear deserved all the praise it received.
Macbeth – Globe Theatre – imaginative staging of a great tragedy.
Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead – British Museum
Made the Pharaohs and their beliefs come to life brilliantly.
Picasso – Peace and Freedom – Tate Liverpool
An unusual take on the master – beautifully done.
How to Live – A Life of Montaigne by – Sarah Bakewell
A fascinating portrait of a man unafraid to express just how he feels – totally engaging in every minute detail.
The End of the Party – Andrew Rawnsley - in case you hadn’t realised it – New Labour sucks.
Alone in Berlin – Hans Fallada - a long lost classic which is still just as moving and revelatory today as it was when it was written.
I Am Kloot – Manchester Cathedral The masters at home – total perfection.
Belle and Sebastian – Manchester Apollo
An unexpectedly brilliant evening.
I Am Kloot, Bristol Thekla – my newly discovered brilliant ones again.
Thanks for continuing to read my blog in 2010 - I hope you enjoy reading it just as much as, sadly, I really enjoy writing it.
Happy New Year one and all......