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  • Bad Day at Black Rock
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  • Black Jack
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  • Tora! Tora! Tora!

    ★★★

  • The Horse's Mouth

    ★★★½

  • The Final Countdown

    ★★★

  • Die Hard: With a Vengeance

    ★★★

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  • Tora! Tora! Tora!

    Tora! Tora! Tora!

    ★★★

    Evidence of Hollywood bias (when dealing with historical stories) are many and varied; Rewriting history (U-571) and complete fabrications presented as fact (Braveheart).

    Unusually Darryl F. Zanuck insisted on getting both sides of the story for his epic retelling of the first 911.

    Despite the opportunity to fully explore the motivation of the Japanese those segments, whilst looking beautiful, conveniently bolster the self-image of the US as a civilised 'friend of the world', cruelly ambushed in a move that was…

  • The Horse's Mouth

    The Horse's Mouth

    ★★★½

    I was confused by the flurry of activity in the first act (after Gully is released from the 'Scrubs) but enjoyed echoes of The Rebel as Gully spars with Michael Gough's passionate sculptor interloper.

    The scenes in which Gully meets the upper classes are well observed and acted - and apparently there was more of this in the novel - which Guinness opted to remove from his screenplay. Veronica Turleigh's reactions to his increasingly destructive behaviour are fun, as is the relationship with Kay Walsh as his rather tired partner in crime.

    Another film overlooked in favour of more crowd pleasing fare from this period.

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  • Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

    Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

    ★★★

    This was a restrained yet still partly exploitative adaptation of The Phantom Prince (Liz Kendall's diaries of living with Bundy).

    Efron, whilst taking Ted's fuckability factor into the stratosphere, manages to convey Bundy's awkwardness and quirks quite well.

    It is the inclusion of several fabrications which do Berlinger no favours: The tears at the verdict close zoom-in is a complete lie.

    Bundy prided on himself for not revealing his true emotions.

    The casting of Malkovich as the Southern accented death…

  • Devil in a Blue Dress

    Devil in a Blue Dress

    ★★★★

    A very enjoyable slice of PoC life in post-war LA.

    Denzel is marvellous as Ezekiel 'Easy' Rawlins and Cheadle is essentially a Nicky Santoro without the benefits of race.

    The man (played by Barry Shabaka Henley) who goes around the neighbourhood with a wheelbarrow trying to cut down his neighbours trees is obviously someone with special needs. Perhaps Autistic or a person with learning difficulties for whom the state has no support for.

    I mention this because no-one seems to…