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  • Wag the Dog 1997

    ★★★½ Watched 23 Oct, 2014

    Starts off strongly but falters in the final half. Even so, it's a fine concept and well-acted with some decent lines. The plot is genius. Just days before an election, the President is involved in a sex scandal that will soon break so De Niro is brought in to deflect attention away from the story. His solution is for the USA to go to war with Albania. Sure, it's a construct but none of the public will know that. That'll…

  • The Rewrite 2014

    ★★★ Watched 23 Oct, 2014

    Marc Lawrence has a habit of writing the least offensive films known to mankind. That's mainly an opinion gained from having seen Music & Lyrics over and over again on ITV2. Did You Hear About the Morgans? may be offensive by being utter bilge, but I haven't seen it so...

    The Rewrite could have done with another rewrite. Genuinely. It could have done. Apart from that, it was enjoyably inoffensive. An incredibly average film. Hugh Grant is so damned good at…

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  • The Lawnmower Man 1992

    ★½ Watched 22 Oct, 2014

    My friend made a list of films that I should watch.
    letterboxd.com/mjlavender/list/forcing-fosdike/

    I made a list of films that he should watch.
    letterboxd.com/foz90/list/educating-lavender/

    Always good to see Jeff Fahey in a film. In my head he only exists to star in awful action films with the likes of Joe Lara, Frank Zagarino and Greg Collins. But no, it turns out he used to appear in studio-fare too. Still crap but with a bigger budget.

    Seriously though. What the hell is…

  • Grace of Monaco 2014

    Watched 04 Jun, 2014

    What a wonderfully vacuous film. Believe the hype.

    Grace of Monaco comes across like a child has been given access to a huge budget and a camera for the first time, experimenting with editing and various shots that probably aren't used all that often. Yeah, there's probably a reason for that. It's like the camera they used had a malfunctioning zoom button. Slowly, slowly in we go until we're looking directly up Kidman's nostrils as she delivers an 'emotional' speech.…