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Good performances, especially Washington's powerhouse turn, help to conceal that the script is actually quite bad, with a stream of unlikely plot conveniences showing up in the final act.
5 years 11 months ago
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The other review doesn't mention that Shakespeare's poetry has been assiduously mangled for this adaptation by Julian Fellowes, changing the text from Shakespeare's Early Modern English to a sort of modern cod-Shakespearean approximation. E.g. “No warmth, no breath shall testify thou livest” becomes “there will be no sign of life within you”. Why did he do this? Well, he explains:
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to see the original in its absolutely unchanged form, you require a kind of Shakespearean scholarship, and you need to understand the language and analyse it and so on. I can do that because I had a very expensive education; I went to Cambridge.

If you are watching this, you are not listening to Shakespeare. You are listening to its vandalism by an arrogant elitist.
5 years 12 months ago
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Needs to be updated with "Jupiter's Moon"
6 years ago
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The conservative values are subjective for many of the films and tend to be specific to a more libertarian American version of conservatism rather than being more general. Films are included purely because they are anti-totalitarian as if this is specifically a conservative value. It includes films which I would interpret as anti-conservative such as Gattaca (with its anti-meritocratic and anti-capitalist themes) and Juno (with its pro-choice message). Plus it's heavily focused on recent films and misses out films like It's a Wonderful Life that I would have thought would be essential to any discussion of conservative values on film.
6 years ago
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This must be one of the best poliziotteschi: tough and compelling, with a logical storyline, good acting, a completely despicable villain protagonist, and a storyline packed with violence and shocking moments.
6 years ago
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A shocking exposé of juror misconduct, as smooth-talking shyster Juror #8 produces his own physical evidence, research and speculation and gathers testimony from fellow jurors, none of which has been examined in the courtroom.

There are clear grounds for the judge to order a new trial and for Juror #8 to get a lengthy custodial sentence for contempt of court.
6 years ago
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A bit of a disappointment after the hype and coming off of Ex Machina, but there is a very evocative atmosphere contained in the music and visuals and the concept is used as an interesting meditation on depression and suicide.

One warning: Ex Machina was hard sci-fi where everything makes scientific sense. Annihilation is very soft sci-fi where the events might as well be powered by magic.
6 years 2 months ago
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An attempt to cash in on Robert Englund's Nightmare on Elm Street fame by casting him as another facially-scarred horror icon. It's actually too much of a staid and familiar retelling to be memorable, with the framing device seeming to promise an interesting-looking modern day update of the story that is never delivered.
6 years 3 months ago
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Before he achieved world-fame with Young Frankenstein, Marty Feldman had starred in popular UK sketch show It's Marty which provided a platform for him to play the starring role in this feature film. The thin plot of Marty being an advertising exec trying to sell porridge with sex is a device to hang a series of sketches on as Marty fantasises about adverts and sexy women. Time has not been kind to the sub-Benny Hill antics, and it now all looks incredibly dated, delivering neither amusement nor sexiness. Worse, the advertising plot is pretty much dumped two-thirds into the movie and so that the movie can become a formulaic farce and end in an overlong brawl. The production design and costuming is nicely colourful and its status as a relic of sixties/seventies psychadelia may be enough for people interested in the comedy of this era to watch this.
6 years 3 months ago
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A bit of a mixed bag. Some of the scenes feel properly epic in the best Star Wars fashion, and ones that are genuinely beautiful but others feel banal and unnecessary. Lots of impressive action but the commanders on both sides of the conflict come across as blunderers who make obvious mistakes. Worth watching just to see Hamill and Driver's great performances.
6 years 6 months ago
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After watching this you should watch the 20-minute follow-up The Tickle King which provides a coda and closure to the story:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K88xF9mOUjc
6 years 6 months ago
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A murder mystery which has a lot of things going for it, not least Emily Blunt's great portrayal of a woman struggling with alcoholism (which might have got an Oscar nom if the rest of the film had been better), stylish cinematography and generally high production values. However it's all let down by the central mystery being inherently weak and the film then trying to hide it from the audience by telling the story in a tangle of flashbacks (some of which later turn out to be fake) and red herrings.
6 years 6 months ago
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I have added "Lost in Dinosaur World" to IMDb. It is at http://www.imdb.com/title/tt7582166/
6 years 7 months ago
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Pale imitation of the first, with far too many characters and subplots. The worst movie so far of either Vaughn or Goldman. Still not terrible though; there’s enough inventiveness that it holds attention and there’s some good action when the CGI gets reigned in.
6 years 9 months ago
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The kids are all good actors and it's got some good scares, though the CGI and soundtrack mean it becomes more of a Halloween funhouse rather than having a sense of fear or dread. One of the better horrors of the year and a cut above the usual jump-scare films.
6 years 9 months ago
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