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  • Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

    Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit 2014

    ½ Watched 12 Jan, 2015

    Best scene.

    Best line: “This is geopolitics, not couples therapy.”

  • The Trip to Italy

    The Trip to Italy 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 30 Dec, 2014 3

    Much funnier and less mannered than the original. Heartbreaking and hilarious.

    Additional thoughts spurred by Rob's comment:

    I found both character's mid-life breakdown so much more compelling and surprising than the Coogan's crisis in the first one. Where the first always delivered the obvious (for me), this one seemed genuinely more careful handling the display of emotions without being cloying. Two examples: 1. When SC is talking about being invisible in front of young people and 2. when RB tells…

  • Love Actually

    Love Actually 2003

    ½ Rewatched 25 Dec, 2014

    Super-duper misogynistic

  • Submarine

    Submarine 2010

    ★★★★★ Watched 08 Nov, 2011

    On the one hand, this movie is a film lovers dream: a unique setting seldom seen on film (Swansea in Wales), great cinematography and references to fantastic films about childhood and loss like 'Don't Look Now', 'Rushmore', and 'The 400 Blows.' One the other hand it's a wonderfully funny and tragic story about the pains of adolescence. A film about the painful gap between loneliness, love, and friendship. That the emotional lives of teenagers is what makes the world vibrate…

  • The Trip

    The Trip 2010

    ★★★ Watched 06 Nov, 2011 1

    I think it's really hard to get the balance of reality and absurdity right in a "faux documentary". If you try to hard to convince the audience it's 'real' and that can feel a bit mean and ultimately pointless (see: 'Exit through the Giftshop').

    I found 'The Trip' to be quite funny and I really enjoyed the interplay between the two characters, ultimately I thought the premise was a bit too thin to carry and entire film. Rob, the domesticated…