Troy: Fact and Fiction

Troy

Imagine you’re at a party.  You’re in the middle of a crowded room with conversation going on all around you, but suddenly in the midst of the hubbub you hear a word which immediately makes your ears prick up.  What words or phrases would catch your ear like that?  I have a few, but one of them is ‘Troy’.  If I overheard someone talking about Troy, I’d be compelled to shuffle closer and eavesdrop quite shamelessly until they either changed the subject or let me into their conversation.  There’s a magic to the name, a grandeur, not unlike that conjured up by the word ‘Byzantium’.  Unfortunately, if you hear the word ‘Troy’ nowadays it’s most likely that people would be talking about the film.

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The Tree of Life (2011)

The Tree of Life

★★

(directed by Terrence Malick, 2011)

Well this was something a little different from the usual. Have many people seen it? I’m still trying to make up my mind about it, and I’d be really interested to know what other people think. I decided to go to see it because I really liked Terrence Malick’s last film, The New World and since The Tree of Life had won the Palme d’Or at Cannes, it promised to be worth watching. So off I trotted to the cinema.

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