LGardner

A man with an unhealthy appetite for film.
* = bad | ** = ok | *** = good | **** = very good | ***** = brilliant

Favorite films

  • Magnolia
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Before Sunrise
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

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  • Licorice Pizza

  • The Sweetest Thing

    ★★★

  • The Tragedy of Macbeth

    ★★★

  • Honey Boy

    ★★★★

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  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I'm a huge Paul Thomas Anderson fan so whenever a title of his finally makes the rounds on the big screen, I obsess about it whilst trying not to spoil it until I can finally see it in the flesh. With Licorice Pizza, I have had a similar reaction to it that I have had to the majority of PTA's work in that I'm not quite sure what to make of it. I normally have to watch one of his…

  • The Sweetest Thing

    The Sweetest Thing

    The Sweetest Thing is a hard film to pin down. It's at once a rom-com, a gross-out comedy and at other times just plain weird. That's not to say it's a negative though, I found it quite refreshing to not entirely know what was going to happen from minute to minute in a genre where it's normally nailed down from the opening credits. The big draw of the film and also the reason it works, even when it does go…

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  • Hannibal Rising

    Hannibal Rising

    Hannibal Rising is nothing if not a lesson. In trying to extract the last bits of money out of the Hannibal legacy, they decided to tackle the origins and in doing so have robbed the character of any remaining power. Instead of the chilling, yet brilliant character we got from Anthony Hopkins, here we have the usual psychopath with absolutely none of the charm. Not worth watching.

  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame

    The Hunchback of Notre Dame

    ★★★★

    I came to The Hunchback of Notre Dame quite late but it instantly became one of my favourite Disney films. It's incredibly dark with a brilliantly conflicted and twisted villain and a hero who doesn't get the girl but still does the right thing. The songs are great, especially the opening and the ominous 'Hellfire', and stand amongst some of Disney's best, as does the film. Darkly brilliant.