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  • From Up on Poppy Hill

    From Up on Poppy Hill 2011

    ★★★ Watched 05 Oct, 2016

    "What lets Miyazaki's film down is both the story, adapted by his father [Hayao Miyazaki] in collaboration with Keiko Niwa, and his struggle to elevate it beyond the ordinary... as is sometimes the case with Ghibli adaptations of existing works, the spark that can routinely be seen in their original stories is notably absent". Read my full review of From Up On Poppy Hill at Film Intel

  • The Lion in Winter

    The Lion in Winter 1968

    ★★★★★ Watched 24 Oct, 2016

    "The script is consistently razor sharp and littered with wry humour, paranoid politicising and fevered emotion, making The Lion In Winter feel like a feature-length episode of House Of Cards set in 12th Century Europe. The rapid scheming and counterscheming between husband and wife, parent and progeny, brother and brother can at times be a struggle to keep up with; but tracking every single machination is always of secondary importance to taking in the brilliantly realised relationships between the players". Read my full review of The Lion In Winter at Film Intel

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  • Home Alone

    Home Alone 1990

    ★★★★ Rewatched 01 Dec, 2012

    Joe Pesci delivers the biggest Christmas miracle of the '90s by not swearing for the entire film. Full review here

  • Pocahontas

    Pocahontas 1995

    ★★★ Watched 22 Sep, 2013 3

    This was a complete Avatar rip-off.