Vale Tony Scott

The film director Tony Scott died by suicide yesterdday. Mr Scott was 68 and he was perhaps best known as the director of Top Gun, one of the highest grossing movies of 1986. I am extending my sympathy to his family and friends. A sad...

Halloween

ECT is rarely mentioned without One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest being referred to. For many of us that movie perhaps the only contact we’ve ever had with the mental health system. McMurphy’s story is a memorable one of an archetypal struggle of an...

Movie: The Father of My Children

The French movie The Father of my Children follows a narrative anchored around a suicide. The film presents an authentic portrayal of family left to deal with an unexpected loss. There are tears, disbelief and regrets, the ubiquitous why questions are asked. Watching,...

Departures

Remiss of me to write about movies with themes around death and loss without mentioning last year’s affecting Japanese film, Departures. Departures is about the transition between life and death, and about the resultant loss and inevitable grief. The film is...

At the movies

I can’t imagine why someone who is grieving would want to watch movies about grieving and grief behaviour. I did, there’s no why. I have written about watching Truly Madly Deeply over and over. I watched it, and found it consoling. I saw a couple of movies...