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  • Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown 1988

    ★★★★ Added

    The film that brought Almodovar to mainstream success in the States is his seventh feature 'Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown', becoming the most successful foreign language film after Fellini's '8 1/2'. Receiving an Academy Award nomination, it is a stylish comedy of manners with quirky characters and a fun plot balancing melodrama and farce, typical of the director. Always delivering brilliantly realised female characters and a darkly comic tone, Almodovar demonstrates his trademark lively visual style with a tale that veers from tragedy to the absurd. Possibly his most accessible film to date, certainly the most commercially successful. Reminiscient of Billy Wilder.

  • Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid 1982

    ★★★ Added

    Great concept, well-executed but being a huge fan of noir and the conventions this film tries to emulate and parody I just felt it was a little disrespectful! Editing classic noir performances by the likes of Bogart, Lancaster, Stanwyck, etc. into a film made in the 80s, it's a great idea and very well-done but I just feel it sides more with pastiche rather than homage. Edith Head very interestingly provides costume design.

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  • Drive 2011

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 30 Mar, 2012 2

    Slightly predictable plot? Style over substance? Possibly, but when the style is this damn cool, who cares? Ryan Gosling is the Driver, a man with few words and a hot temper, navigating his way through the LA criminal underworld in a part arthouse, part exploitation thriller. With an achingly hip electro 80's tinged soundtrack and masterful direction, it's a travesty that this wasn't even nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards.

  • World's Greatest Dad 2009

    ★★★★½ Watched 22 Feb, 2012 1

    If you haven't seen this already, I suggest you do so immediately. A dark comedy about the shallow cult of celebrity versus loneliness. Don't let the title fool you, this is daring and twisted stuff. Robin Williams is outstanding.