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  • How Green Was My Valley 1941

    ★★ Watched 22 Jul, 2014

    How Green Was My Valley is never remembered by itself. It is only ever 'the movie that beat Citizen Kane for Best Picture'. But that's not fair. It doesn't need to be compared to Citizen Kane to have been a bad winner. It's a bad movie on its own merits.

    Episodic to the point of frustration, it often refuses to go back and look at the consequences of what came before. We look at one thing for a short while,…

  • Hamlet 1948

    ★★★★ Watched 22 Jul, 2014

    The first version I've seen in full, though of course I know the story and dialogue (and monologue) fairly well through reference and parody.

    It's interesting to look back to 1948 and think that there was a time when a very well-acted, very well-staged traditional adaption of one of Shakespeare's most-loved plays was enough to win Best Picture. We'll ignore that West Side Story malarkey, and Shakespeare in Love isn't quite the same thing.

    The setting befits the grim storytelling,…

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  • Enemy 2013

    ★★★★ Rewatched 16 Jul, 2014 3

    After some research and a rewatch, I understand it. It almost feels like a totally different movie to the one I watched just a couple of hours ago. I liked both.

  • Transformers: Age of Extinction 2014

    ★★ Watched 25 Jun, 2014

    Look, it's exactly as good as the last one was. What that means depends on who you are.

    For my part, while it's one of the biggest special effects spectaculars of the year, it's still an hour too long, and filled with humour that doesn't work and action you can't see.

    It's almost incredible how little replacing the lead characters changed the movie. Wahlberg is supposed to be the hero, but he's repetitive and annoying about his daughter the whole…