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  • Dear Frankie 2004

    ★★★½ Rewatched 20 Dec, 2014

    Some things here are just as I remember: I remember that Dear Frankie is more impressive for what it doesn't do than for what it does.

    And I remember that it follows the formula of a sappy romantic comedy that exploits a small boy's disability in order to bring about crowdpleasing romance between his beautiful, lonely mother and an available gold-hearted hunk.

    And yet — and yet — it's as if director Shona Auerbach is determined to fight back against…

  • Rear Window 1954

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 19 Dec, 2014

    The 'Burbs: The Prequel.

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  • Rope 1948

    ★★★★ Watched 16 Dec, 2014

    "What would you say to some champagne?"
    "'Hello, champagne!'"

    This one's a corker.

  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 22 Nov, 2014

    It must be strange to be Jennifer Lawrence, rising to become an icon for a generation, willfully playing the game of celebrity while trying to maintain her integrity, knowing full well that she's being exploited, knowing full well that the public that loves her now could turn against her in a moment, knowing full well that the media exploiting her only gives her this glory so long as it serves their ends...

    ...because the role that's making her iconic is…