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  • Macbeth

    Macbeth 2015

    ★★ Watched 19 Aug, 2015

    Having admired Justin Kurzel's Snowtown, I was very interested to see what he would make of a bloody Shakespeare tragedy already filmed by both Orson Welles (1948) and Roman Polanski (1971). The casting of Michael Fassbender as Macbeth and Marion Cotillard as his scheming wife promised great things. As did the opening scene featuring the three witches, which sets the tone for a production that is heavy on visual design but light on versification. The film's three scriptwriters clearly experienced…

  • Monkey Business

    Monkey Business 1952

    ★★★★ Rewatched 18 Jul, 2015

    An absurd premise; anarchic, child-like energy; dazzling verbal wit. Howard Hawks directs Cary Grant, Gingers Rogers, Charles Coburn and Marilyn Monroe. Ridiculously enjoyable.

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  • Looper

    Looper 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 25 Sep, 2012 1

    Superior, low-key, grown-up science fiction that prioritises ideas and emotion over futuristic set-dressing. Time travel plot is spoiler-bait. Good performances by Joseph Gordon Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt and the ever-wonderful Jeff Daniels. Writer/director Rian Johnson borrows from other sci-fi movies, but makes their ideas and images his own.

  • Silver Linings Playbook

    Silver Linings Playbook 2012

    ★★ Watched 01 Apr, 2013 7

    An absurdly over-praised, trite and manipulative love story featuring a manic depressive (Bradley Cooper) and a young grieving widow (Jennifer Lawrence). There are some cute scenes involving dancing.

    Like Paul Haggis's Crash before it, this is one of those films which, in years to come, will be cited as an embarrassing, over-hyped anomaly on the Oscar roll of honour. Jennifer Lawrence did not deserve her Best Actress gong, and the nominations for her, Cooper, Robert de Niro and Jacki Weaver…