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Susannah Straughan

London-based blogger, editor and film fan

Susannah Straughan is a writer and editor, who loves movies and the apostrophe -- though not necessarily in that order. She has been published in The Guardian, Radio Times, Blogcritics and Sound on Sight. Her own blog, notreallyworking is about cinema, TV and the trials of being a disillusioned sports fan.

LA Law: David Ayer's End of Watch on DVD

For about half an hour, End of Watch reminded me of TV's Southland, with its hand-held filming, dry humour and emphasis on routine crimes. But there is more going on here than ride-alongs and Brian's budding romance with the perky Janet (played by Anna Kendrick).
18/03/2013 11:32 GMT

Back on Track: The Titfield Thunderbolt (1953)

Released four years earlier, Ealing's first colour film is an unabashed celebration of post-war optimism, community spirit, the glories of rural England, and the romance of the railways.
10/01/2013 12:56 GMT

René Clément's Forbidden Games (1952)

With its morbid subject matter and a haunting guitar theme by Narciso Yepes, I was worried that <em>Forbidden Games</em> might be a grim watch. Nothing could be further from the truth.
02/01/2013 11:05 GMT

The Man in the White Suit (1951)

"Why can't you scientists leave things alone?" Cinema in the 1950s often focused on the dangers caused by experiments that went horribly wrong. But Ealing's <strong>The Man in the White Suit</strong> isn't a sci-fi movie about marauding giant ants, or a cautionary tale about the nuclear arms race.
14/11/2012 12:46 GMT

César et Rosalie (1972)

Is this a love triangle or the perfect screen bromance? Either way, <em>César et Rosalie</em> is a witty and sophisticated romantic drama about the ebb and flow of relationships between a divorcée and the two very different men in her life.
05/11/2012 12:48 GMT

Packing a Punch: Hell is a City (1960)

Women do get a rough ride in this film -- from the bookie's girl who's coolly despatched in the back of a speeding car, to Whitelaw's feckless wife who plays a high price for harbouring a career criminal in her attic.
30/09/2012 22:03 BST

Poolside Double Act Stars at London 2012

For years the BBC's voice of swimming was the unfortunately named Hamilton Bland, whose TV career ended in controversy in the late 90s. There's nothing bland about his successors, former Olympians Adrian Moorhouse and Andy Jameson, who sounded as though they'd swallowed several gallons of Red Bull as they jabbered their way through last night's pool action at <strong>London 2012</strong>.
30/07/2012 14:07 BST

Mind the Gap: BBC Blows the Olympic Road Race

The red-hot favourites didn't win, but that's road racing. After watching Team Sky's astonishing success at controlling the peloton in the recent Tour de France, it's obvious why the opposition was determined to stifle them at London 2012.
29/07/2012 01:42 BST

Woman in a Dressing Gown (1957)

After decades in the cinematic wilderness, director J Lee Thompson's <strong>Woman in a Dressing Gown</strong> returns to cinemas this week, reminding us how tough it was to be a desperate housewife in drab 1950s Britain. The title may be unappealing, but Yvonne Mitchell's performance is utterly compelling -- both in and out of her nightwear.
24/07/2012 11:26 BST

She-Monkeys: Reining in Adolescent Angst

When I first saw <em>She-Monkeys</em> at last year's BFI London Film Festival I was impressed with the pace, structure and mood of this story, which escalates from adolescent drama to psychological thriller.
17/05/2012 17:30 BST

Monsieur Lazhar is Top of the Class

<em>Monsieur Lazhar</em> begins with the horrifying discovery of a schoolteacher's suicide. Pupil Simon (Émilien Néron) goes to collect the milk one
03/05/2012 15:20 BST

Murder by Decree is a Not-So-Ripping Yarn

The sight of Sherlock Holmes flirting with a "defrocked" dominatrix or wrestling with his personalised ringtone has proved irresistible to fans of the BBC's <em>Sherlock</em>.
01/04/2012 23:33 BST

Mastering the Art of Conversation: Andrew Haigh's Weekend

"So is this some <em>Notting Hill</em> moment?" Perish the thought. Andrew Haigh's <em>Weekend</em> is so far removed from dewy-eyed Hollywood romance, that it's a shock to hear Roger Michell's bland romcom referenced here - even in jest.
16/03/2012 12:28 GMT