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  • A Most Wanted Man 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 25 Jul, 2014

    I think I have loved all the adaptations of Le Carre so far. This may not have had as dense a plot as Tinker Tailor.., but the performances made up for that. What really makes this a good film is Philip Seymour Hoffman's performance which reminds us again (as in God's Pocket) that will be missed in his too soon passing. The nasty American interference personified by Robin Wright's character seemed a bit trite, but my cynicism of American intervention leads me to believe it is, alas, realistic.

  • Venus in Fur 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 24 Jul, 2014

    I really enjoyed this film which had the added intrigue by simply being a Roman Polanski film. I had already read that the performances were excellent and I agree. The dialogue was clever and the interplay of drama vs reality was challenging and entertaining.
    Reminded me of the sharp and quick dialogue of Mamet films especially Oleana and also the themes and dialogue in Death and the Maiden. However, this is a more playful spin on male/female conflicts. I was…