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  • The Truman Show

    The Truman Show 1998

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 24 Nov, 2015

    I find this movie endlessly fascinating, always thinking about some different aspect. This time I found myself wondering how the movie would have played if the audience weren't let in from the get go that Truman is the star of a reality TV show. It would have dramatically altered the tone of the film, perhaps for the worse.

  • The Fifth Element

    The Fifth Element 1997

    ★★ Rewatched 15 Nov, 2015

    A movie ahead of its time, and unfortunately not in a good way. The casting, the effects, the story; it never clicks. Willis is fine as an ex-solider whose life has fallen apart but he and Jovovich have zero chemistry and when the climax of the film depends upon the audience buying into their relationship, the end product is ultimately a failure. Worth seeing for its unique vision, but go into it expecting to be let down.

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  • GoldenEye

    GoldenEye 1995

    ★★★ Rewatched 08 Feb, 2015

    The older I get and the more times I see this, the less I like it. Perhaps it was never as good as I first thought and it was merely the sheen of seeing my first Bond on the big screen. Or maybe in the shadow of the Craig Bond movies, you can see what they were going for but also how far they were for achieving it.

    There are still some brilliant set pieces. The opening mission is as…

  • Snowpiercer

    Snowpiercer 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 23 Jan, 2015

    The story doesn't really make sense if you think about it for any length of time but this remains a well-directed and thought provoking exploration of power, inequality and social relations.