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No doubt it’s a significant book and an important tale, but the film seems to rely on that to carry it through — the narrative comes across as episodic and the direction is a little bit TV movie. I feel like there’s a better (more dynamic, more affecting) version of this to be made.
3 weeks ago
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Was expecting the dark comedy laughs, which it thankfully delivered; was not expecting to find it quite so emotionally effective, or if it to take a tired old aphorism and make it feel like it really meant something. For a film about teenagers popping, that’s pretty impressive.
1 month 1 week ago
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Pleasingly irreverent, though of course gives in to the typical “having a baby is great” sentiment by the end.
1 month 2 weeks ago
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We’re so used to Spielberg and his success (both commercial and artistic) that we take it all for granted. This doc helps remind us how revolutionary and influential — and, more often than not, of phenomenally high quality — his body of work has been.
2 months ago
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This Japanese answer to The Day the Earth Stood Still is more serious-minded than you might expect if you’ve seen the quaint alien costumes, but its anti-nuclear-war message gets a bit muddled when it turns out nukes are useful, actually, and, you know what, it would be better if we had even more powerful ones. Hmm.
2 months ago
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Based on trailers and other comments, I was worried I'd find this a bit boring, but no, I thought it was a beautiful, deeply humane, quite powerful experience.
2 months 1 week ago
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I’ve never thought The Hound of the Baskervilles is a very good detective mystery novel, but it is quite a good gothic adventure, which makes Hammer pretty much the perfect studio to bring it to the screen. This version doesn’t disappoint, with Terence Fisher’s direction leaning hard into that atmosphere, plus a superb cast, in particular Cushing and Morell as a fantastic Holmes and Watson. I wish they’d done a whole series starring them.
2 months 1 week ago
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Presumably due to a smaller budget and rushed production schedule, about half the movie just plays as The Further Adventures of Carl Denham, until Kong Jr turns up for the last stretch and the film finally picks up.

It’s not a patch on the original, but I’ve seen worse cash-in sequels.
2 months 2 weeks ago
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I thought Bachelor Knight was a kinda dumb name, but then I learnt the original US title and, by comparison, the UK one seems like genius.
2 months 3 weeks ago
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This doesn't seem to be a very popular film, but I thought this was an interesting, engrossing, suitably unknown and unusual (and therefore unpredictable) true-life spy story, told with a superb cast in a handsomely-mounted production.
3 months ago
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Against all expectations, I actually enjoyed this. Sure, it’s just a rehash of the “fish out of water” stuff from the first film, but that’s a lot more fun than the second one managed. I don’t think Mick Dundee messing with the preconceptions of dim Americans will ever get old for me.
3 months 2 weeks ago
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I felt like I learnt something, at least, but the screenplay is filled with failed ideas and dialogue so leaden it could protect you from radioactivity.
3 months 3 weeks ago
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Set aside the ’90s TV production values and Stephen Baldwin, and there are some decent sci-fi ideas to be found here. It feels like a low-budget adaptation of a story by someone like Philip K. Dick, and I’d love to read that story and then hope for a big-budget remake.
3 months 3 weeks ago
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A thrilling, imaginative, and creepy sci-fi/horror. I don’t know how widely seen it would’ve been back on its original release, but there are similarities to everything from episodes of The Twilight Zone to Watchmen.
4 months ago
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A cinematic funhouse ride, full of tricks and effects strung together on a rather thin mystery storyline, but that’s ok when Leni’s filmmaking is so thrilling.
4 months ago
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Not terrible, but a rather perfunctory sequel; kinda slow and lacking most of the charm of the original.
4 months ago
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Probably a bit obvious to call it Slumdog Parasite (especially as there’s a nice dash of Nightcrawler in there too), but, well, that’s kind of what it is.
4 months 1 week ago
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It’s remarkable how much character Reiniger manages to convey with just ‘simple’ silhouettes. Truly the work of a master.
4 months 1 week ago
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There’s absolutely nothing wrong with it — it’s all very nice and well done — but that’s also kinda the problem. I mean, it’s fine. It’s cozy. My mum and nan both loved it. And there’s nothing wrong with that.
4 months 1 week ago
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Well, I found this to be a very pleasant surprise. It has a pretty poor rep (just look at the other comments), which I can’t help but feel stems back to expectations on its release in the wake of Star Wars, when presumably people expected a fast-paced action-adventure. But it's something different entirely; almost more akin to 2001 in its sense of wonder and exploration, digging into an imagining of a genuinely alien lifeform rather than running about blasting rubber suits with laser guns. Engaged with on the right terms, I enjoyed every minute of it.
4 months 1 week ago
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More like weird women. It’s a pacy little flick, I’ll give it that, even if the mysticism is a hot mess of clichés and ethnocentrism, and the so-called mystery is no mystery whatsoever (I mean, we literally watch the villainess as she enacts her scheme!)
4 months 2 weeks ago
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Doesn’t nail the whole schtick as much as I hoped it would — but then, perhaps the missed marks are just part of the B-movie charm. Still, it gets enough right, and in the moments when it’s really on form it’s frigging hilarious.
4 months 2 weeks ago
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In which three miserable teenagers find happiness when a girl lets two boys into her secret magic garden.
4 months 3 weeks ago
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Thanks to mortom for the tip — I ordered the Blu-ray from the Caprino site and also was not disappointed. (They even threw in an extra disc containing the making-of documentary with English subtitles, which is much appreciated.)
4 months 4 weeks ago
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This isn’t a patch on the first one, but as long as Netflix keeps making films starring Kurt Russell as Santa, I’ll happily keep watching them.
5 months 4 weeks ago

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