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  • The King's Speech 2010

    ★★★★ Watched 22 Dec, 2014 7

    The Box Office Bashing Season: 2003 to 2014

    As I've wittered on about at length numerous times before, I'm no fan of the Oscars.

    However, I do think sometimes they are used as a rather lazy brickbat to beat certain films with. It seems that you can't make certain films with certain directors and certain casts backed by certain studios or producers without them immediately being labelled as 'Oscar bait'. It's a cynical and sad world we live in as…

  • Tropic Thunder 2008

    ★½ Watched 22 Dec, 2014 9

    The Box Office Bashing Season: 2003 to 2014

    See, for me Tropic Thunder is everything that I don't like about modern day big budget comedies. The idea behind it is a very good one, everyone in it is perfectly fine, it's very well made, and technically and artistically very competent indeed.

    But I didn't find it even slightly funny. In fact, the only funny part of it were the fake trailers at the start, all of which are very funny…

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  • Punch-Drunk Love 2002

    ★★★★★ Added 75

    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 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…