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  • Kingdom of Heaven 2005

    ★★★½ Added

    *rating based on 194-minute director's cut*

    A rewatch of the Director's Cut was prompted by a discussion by my Scannain colleagues on the latest edition of our podcast, in which we established Ridley Scott had only made two solidly good films since the turn of the millennium. I put forward a case for a third in the form of the DC of KINGDOM OF HEAVEN. Was I right?

    Yes, to a point.

    The original cut gutted the emotional through line…

  • The Grandmaster 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 19 Jul, 2014

    *rating based on 130-minute cut*

    Ooh, classy.

    Kar-Wai's elegance remains uncompromised, though some scenes end up dragging along as a result. Getting to the truth of the matter as biopics dictate isn't Kar-Wai's bag. It also doesn't help that the story of Gong Er (Ziyi Zhang, stunning in numerous ways) is arguably more involving that that of Mr. Ip, though that's not for lack of trying on Leung's part. He's an ever-dignified cornerstone on which much chop-socky is built.

    And…

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