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  • Gettysburg 1993

    ★★★ Added

    A long film filled with magnificent fake beards, some truly terrible accents, and tons of loud period battle sequences. No, that's not all there is to it. It's a perfectly decent film, filled with perfectly adequate - and a few very, very good - acting performances, and a stirring, beautiful score. It just doesn't quite capture the intensity of its source material: "The Killer Angels" by Michael Shaara, and overall, feels a tad bit amateurish.

  • Kingdom of Heaven 2005

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    The first time I saw this film was in the cinema, and I left with a nagging feeling of disappointment and a slightly bad taste in my mouth. The pacing was awful, and there were just too many events, conversations and details that seemed arbitrary and without motive. Shortly after, I read a comment from director Ridley Scott about his annoyance at being forced by the studio to cut the running time, which in his opinion, caused the film to…

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  • The Shawshank Redemption 1994

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    This is not a perfect film, yet while watching it, it somehow feels as though it is. The acting performances are subtle and understated, the direction deft and light-handed. In the wrong hands, this adaptation of a Stephen King novella could have been a disaster, but Frank Darabont acquits himself well and gives us a film that quite rightly, is a masterful piece of American film making.

  • Bunraku 2010

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    For me, the film's highly stylized visuals more than made up for any lacking in other areas it may have had. It doesn't try to tell a story that hasn't already been told before, but it does take that old story and execute it in a way that looks and feels completely original. Over all, it's a lot of fun, imaginative, and pretty damn gorgeous.