As the cliché says, politics makes strange bedfellows, and surely one of the most unexpected connections occurred in 1984 Great Britain. Following the June 30 Gay Pride Parade, a group calling themselves Lesbians and Gays Supporting Miners reached out to striking coal miners in Wales. The gay community realized that they had less police harassment, the miners faced more.
"About Time" has Richard Curtis' fingerprints all over it. Curtis wrote and directed the film with the same sharpness of dialogue he brought to "Notting Hill" and "Blackadder" as well as the sweetness he brought to "The Vicar of Dibley," and "The Girl in the Cafe."
Science fiction films open up space for the imagination to play with ideas as much as gadgets. Total Recall is a case in point. Benefitting from fabulous CGI work reminiscent of Metropolis and Blade Runner, it finds time to play with the vagaries of memory and the question of how we know who we are.