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  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

    ★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    #6 in the series. A passable film, with nice cinematography and suspense towards the end, but somewhat forgettable and overlong. Most of the crucial scenes are in the last third. Comparable to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, with the students as love struck teenagers. An important character dies. There is further explanation as to why Tom Riddle killed Harry’s parents, which has to do with his soul breaking into pieces, which remain, even though his body dies.
    I’m…

  • The French Lieutenant's Woman

    The French Lieutenant's Woman

    ★★★★½

    Meryl Streep‎ as Sarah does mysterious well, so the audience wants to get to know her. She is complex and difficult to understand, and that’s what makes her fascinating. Charles (Jeremy Irons) is convincing as her bewildered pursuer and their journey is the most compelling aspect of the film. The perspective of the servant life is given its due, and in some ways it's a story designed for us to empathize with their hardship. Charles' servant Sam is frustrated by…

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  • Videodrome

    Videodrome

    ★★★★½

    Could be David Cronenberg's most important, visionary, and ambitious work. A cult film that is disturbing and visually grotesque, so not for the faint of heart.
    Thought-provoking, not least because the film is a window into the future: Freely available information, avatar names, the limits of satisfaction and entertainment, the effects on your surroundings and on the mind of watching violence, sex or torture, and whether entertainment is at the expense of something more worthwhile. Does viewing kill our brain…

  • The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog

    The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog

    ★★★

    So many versions available on YouTube so I decided to go with the official dvd from the library. The score fits well for a thriller and particularly the chase ending stayed with me. I liked the cinematic approach to storytelling, pulling coat up over face, handcuffs, portraits on the walls, and so on. An impressive trick is when the family look up and we see the lodger (worm 's eye view) restlessly walking alone in his upstairs room. Thematically the same old from Hitchcock, this time in silent.