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  • An American Werewolf in London
  • Whiplash
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Pan's Labyrinth

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  • Brian and Charles

    ★★★★½

  • The Northman

    ★★★★

  • Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time

    ★★★½

  • Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★½

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  • Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

    Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

    ★½

    Let's talk about the power of hope and denial.

    In 1999 I was lucky enough to have the chance to go to New York and catch Phantom Menace before its UK release. I was a 23 year old whose childhood had revolved around the films and toys, and had been as excited as almost all from my generation that we were returning to that world. As I came out of the cinema, I was buzzing. I'd found Jar Jar Binks…

  • Cruella

    Cruella

    ★★★

    It might be commercially safe to revisit known characters for reboots/origins etc but tonally, these particular baddie origins that Disney are attempting so represent a challenge in plot and tone. How do you end at a point where they're ready to be a baddie but where the audience has the empathy needed for the plot to be emotionally engaging.

    Maleficant did this very well so how does Cruella fare?

    Disney go for a slightly different approach. I'm not sure if…

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  • Brian and Charles

    Brian and Charles

    ★★★★½

    Absolutely loved this. Hilarious, touching, sweet. Very slight and dramatically understated which is a good thing. Lovely.

  • The Northman

    The Northman

    ★★★★

    Quite the accomplishment. Visually stunning. Makes things that are very much of this world look very much out of it. And that's to say nothing of the things that are actually out of this world. Manages to be panoramic and ultra-focused, this looks and feels nothing else. Has that same emotional distance as The VVitch and perhaps it's that which stopped me falling in love with it, but then again it doesn't stop me loving Kubrick.

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  • The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

    The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

    Look I know this isn't aimed at me, and a 38 year old man slagging off a Twilight film is actually slightly less dignified than a 38 year old man liking it but jesus, this was terrible. I could go on about CGI werewolves and sparkly vampires but that would be to miss the point, it's not really about all that and to be fair it could actually get away with it, were the characters and script not so irritating.…

  • Blue Ruin

    Blue Ruin

    ★★★★

    Apparently if you make a revenge thriller more realistic you actually make it far more exciting. It's almost as if empathy is a far more effective took for emotional engagement than a line of people queuing up to get punched in the face by Liam Neeson.

    Visceral, tense and not mundane at all. Like early Coen Brothers without the knowing wink. Or early Mallick where character and story take precedence over the auteurial indulgences.