Euan Harris

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Favorite films

  • Roman Holiday
  • Barry Lyndon
  • The Fabulous Baker Boys
  • Boyhood

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  • City of God

    ★★★★½

  • The Bride Wore Red

    ★★★½

  • Dune

    ★★★★

  • Craig's Wife

    ★★★

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  • Roman Holiday

    Roman Holiday

    ★★★★★

    There’s a moment in Roman Holiday, roughly two thirds of the way through, that always sticks in my mind. Hepburn and Peck have just spent an afternoon sightseeing in Rome, and are about to go dancing by the river. Off camera we hear a horse-drawn carriage, and our couple both turn to look at it. Peck twists back to meet Hepburn’s eyes, which light up instantly as she flashes her million-dollar smile. He asks her a wordless question, and her…

  • The Age of Innocence

    The Age of Innocence

    ★★★★★

    Quite possibly Scorsese's best film. I know that's a bold statement, but Taxi Driver aside, I can't think of another film of his that's as masterfully crafted as The Age of Innocence. The man himself has described it as his most violent movie, and he really isn't wrong. Scenes drip with hostility, with ill-intent and conspiracy, just as much as any of his crime stories. Only here, guns are replaced with words. Passion and romance falls victim to idle gossip.…

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  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★★

    For what's essentially 150-odd minutes of build-up, Dune is so damn watchable. It's just excellent effort on all fronts, from the acting in front of the camera to technical aspects behind it. Villeneuve seems to just have the knack for making pretty much anything and everything he puts on the screen compelling at the bare minimum. Roll on Part 2.

  • The Country Girl

    The Country Girl

    ★★★½

    The Country Girl is a poignant melodrama elevated by three terrific performances. Grace Kelly won herself an Oscar as the long-suffering wife of a struggling, washed-up alcoholic actor, and while not her most iconic turn on the screen, it may be one of her most challenging. She displays real range, surprisingly convincing as a demure, weary old maid. Opposite her, Bing Crosby gives maybe his best performance (certainly his most nuanced and complex), and William Holden is equal parts dashing…

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  • The Menu

    The Menu

    ★★

    I now know what an Adam McKay version of The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie would look like. Yes, it’s about as bad as it sounds.

    This year’s LFF Surprise Film is a real dud. Messy, lightweight, with an overblown sense of its own importance. Director Mark Mylod may be one of television’s darlings right now, but when it comes to feature films he feels woefully out of his depth. The Menu’s satire is just so banal, and the comedy…

  • Spencer

    Spencer

    ★★★★½

    Early on in Spencer, there’s a brief shot that sums up all the fragility we have come to associate with the tragic Princess Diana. Clad in characteristic high fashion, the titular royal trudges across a muddy field just outside of Sandringham Estate. Captured in long shot, she seems jarringly out of place against the landscape, the vast grey sky and muddy earth engulfing her dainty figure. Her chic footwear clearly struggles against the unrelenting Norfolk surface; a head-over-heels tumble seems…