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  • The Great Beauty

    The Great Beauty 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 18 Apr, 2015

    Jep Gambardella (Toni Servillo) lives a nocturnal life, attending parties, visiting clubs and restaurants and wandering through the streets and fountains of Rome. He has a close circle of friends, each with a claim to artistic or literary fame. Jep's is that he once wrote a novel but never followed upon this promise. However, a shock from his past makes him rethink the reason for not writing a sequel - that he wanted to find the great beauty - in…

  • Godzilla

    Godzilla 2014

    ★★★ Watched 05 Apr, 2015

    A great cast - especially Cranston, Taylor-Johnson and Olsen and Godzilla is satisfyingly humungous when revealed. However....the narrative was confusing to say the least & I got lost quite a few times in trying to work out how Muto & Chum came to be. I think it was something to do with giant underground spores and an endless diet of radiation supplied by the military but why was there another in Nevada and how did it get pregnant? I suppose in terms…

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  • A Field in England

    A Field in England 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 06 Jul, 2013

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Ben Wheatley's foray into a field in the Civil War draws you in from start to finish. Reece Sheersmith (Whitehead) is an alchemist, sent by his master to find a fellow alchemist & thief, O'Neill (Michael Smiley in top evil form). He is aided in his quest by three everyman soldiers whose ultimate aim is to go to the pub.

    I am a great fan of Wheatley's previous work and he has outdone himself with this. At times both beautiful and…

  • Interstellar

    Interstellar 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 07 Nov, 2014

    There are flaws - the watch macguffin, the paradox - but Nolan's film is a magnificent soaring epic. It is badged as sci-fi but it is the human emotions not the spectacle that drive the narrative, McConaughey being at the centre of this as the father who promises to return. These humans make mistakes and have regrets; they are both cowards and heroes. Nolan explores how extremes affect people and posits that love is a force - like gravity -…