so now i have a film buddy to see films with – my son – he loves films! after a soho family dim sum at imperial china, we went to the curzon – one of my favourite cinemas which is sadly under threat due to cross rail 2, (please sign the petition to save), to see ‘Mistress America‘ – the 2nd film co written by husband and wife team Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig; its funny, witty and modern – well written and well acted. its a study of personalities and characters rather than a big story, would work well as a play too. i also saw the 1948 italian film ‘The bicycle thieves’ at the BFI – a strange film that poignantly showed the hardship of life in italy at that time; you know whats going to happen because of the title and there was a constant feeling of stress as he runs around the city. it was not an uplifting film, more a reminder and insight of how desperate life was. the clothes are a joy though. the ending is a real surprise too. i love the BFI, watching old films on the big screen is so much more enjoyable and its how they were meant to be viewed – i am always shocked when i see my kids watching films on their iPhones!