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  • Comes a Bright Day

    Comes a Bright Day 2012

    ★★★ Watched 09 Jan, 2016

    This was a quirky enjoyable film, but one which had a few loose ends hanging. In the end, it didn't quite hang together as a cohesive film for me, despite some good performances.

    The action centres around Sam, a young man working as an assistant for an all-powerful concierge at a posh London hotel, but dreaming of starting a restaurant with his best friend (a chef). He ends up getting involved in a jewellery shop heist accidentally, and the bulk…

  • Man of Steel

    Man of Steel 2013

    ★★ Watched 24 Oct, 2015

    This film is a good example of why throwing budget at a film does not make a good film. It's flabby (too long by about 45 minutes in my view), has odd pacing, hugely expensive action sequences that I felt I have already seen in many other films, and a kind of humourless, emotional blankness throughout.

    Henry Cavill does a decent job, but the script/plot is so dire that there's little he can do to save the film. Similarly, Amy…

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  • The Secret of Kells

    The Secret of Kells 2009

    ★★★★★ Watched 26 Nov, 2011

    Along with Grave of the Fireflies, I think this has to be the most beautiful animated film I've seen. I was entranced and stunned by the sheer style of it the whole way through. The story is based around the creation of the Book of Kells - an illuminated Gospel produced around 800 AD, but weaves in elements of Celtic mythology. The hero - a young monk called Brendan - lives in the monastery of Kells, where his Uncle is…

  • Venus

    Venus 2006

    ★★★½ Watched 12 Nov, 2011

    A blackly-comic film centred around three elderly actors, and the infatuation that Maurice (played by Peter O'Toole) develops for a young woman.

    It's such a treat to see a film focussing on older characters, and with such incredible actors, it becomes a privilege. For example, there are some wonderful scenes in which O'Toole, Leslie Phillips and Richard Griffiths sit in a cafe and chat. It's touching, funny, at times gloriously foul-mouthed, and I could watch an entire film in which…