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  • A Most Wanted Man

    A Most Wanted Man 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 29 Jul, 2015 6

    There are a couple of things that stood out to me about A Most Wanted Man, and they will probably seem piffling and inconsequential compared to the plot as a whole here.

    There's a bit where Grigoriy Dobrygin and Rachel McAdams dodge on and off a train just as it's about to leave the station, doing what I like to call The French Connection Manoeuvre. I've seen this done in a couple of other films recently as well. I can't…

  • Thunderball

    Thunderball 1965

    ★★★ Rewatched 28 Jul, 2015

    The Complete And Total Definitive James Bond Ranking Undertaking

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    I'm bumping the mark up for this half a star, although I'm not sure why. It has always been a 2.5 star film for me but for some reason on this viewing I found its slow bits slightly more tolerable and the underwater parts to be even prettier.

    I think I'd also underrated just how excellent the pre-credits scene is, the brutality of that big underwater shootout near the…

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  • Punch-Drunk Love

    Punch-Drunk Love 2002

    ★★★★★ Added 78

    There's an LL Cool J quote that would be relevant here. Hello again.

    I'm well aware this is Letterboxd, a social network site that was created for people to talk about films rather than their personal problems and woes, so much of what I'm about to say may seem irrelevant and strangely out of place to those of you who, for some reason, stick it out and decide to see it through to the end. If you decide to do…

  • The Shining

    The Shining 1980

    ★★★★★ Added 13

    I think that The Shining is, outside of one of its major plot points, a pretty good name for this film. It's a shining example of why no filmmaker should feel obliged to as closely mirror a book as possible when doing an adaptation.

    When Stanley Kubrick released The Shining, Stephen King famously decried it, saying that it hardly resembled his novel at all. Quite often since then people have suggested that King simply does not understand cinema, an opinion…