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  • The King's Speech 2010

    ★★★★½ Watched 02 Mar, 2012

    I didn’t think 2010’s Best Picture winner was perfect, but it flirts with being so. I guess I don’t really need to mention the plot so much here - even if you’ve no knowledge of British history, it’s not a complexly-plotted film and you can pick most of it up from the trailer, or even the poster. The story itself is quite heavily fictionalised to make a better film - Churchill is featured prominently despite not actually having been involved…

  • Run Lola Run 1998

    ★★★★ Watched 02 Jan, 2012

    I was expecting to like this film a lot more than I did. I’m a big fan of unusual narrative styles, and from what I’d heard this was definitely going to be my kind of film. Truth be told, though, it didn’t grab me as firmly as I’d hoped.

    That’s not to say it’s a bad film. As an exploration of the concept, it works very well. Being divided into three different “runs” of the same twenty-minute period, the film…

  • Four Lions 2010

    ★★★★ Watched 03 Jan, 2012

    First off, I’ve always been a fan of Chris Morris, so this was always going to be one of the first films off the List (is it dorky to use a capital, there?) that I saw. Secondly a friend had recommended it to me, and thirdly HMV sell the DVD for £3.

    The first thing that strikes me about Four Lions is how secretive and unforthcoming the DVD boxart is. There’s no blurb or summary to be found on the…

  • The Thing 2011

    ★★½ Watched 06 Jan, 2012

    So, yeah. I was supposed to watch all of The Seventh Seal, and The Maltese Falcon, and The Hustler by now. That was my plan. That would have been three more movies off the list, but then I happened to get the opportunity to watch the Thing prequel/remake, so clearly anything else was right out the window.

    I’d actually been avoiding reading critical consensus about the film, since I’m such a big fan of the original. I didn’t get the…