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  • Love Songs

    Love Songs

    ★★★★½

    Don't normally log rewatches because it'd be too confrontational to realise how often I watch certain films - I like to fool myself into thinking I live my adult life without security blankets. I wanted to pay tribute to two of my favourite movie romances tonight, however, because in terms of security blankets, this and 'Dogfight' are two of the most trusty, most well-made, most meaningful.

    I've gotten into so many arguments with friends in recent weeks over 'La La…

  • Dogfight

    Dogfight

    ★★★★½

    Are there films more tender-hearted than this one? It's just brimming with love, without it ever losing its edge thanks to beautifully delicate and well-balanced performances by Lili Taylor and River Phoenix. I don't think there are many other films that capture the moment just before innocence is lost, especially ones that don't make a big song and dance about it. This is 1963, there are allusions to Vietnam and JFK, of course, but it's about Rose and Eddie's lives…

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  • War Horse

    War Horse

    ★★

    What a shitfest. I would probably have liked this film better if it had been about a cat. Or, hell, even about that goose that walks around on the farm at the beginning of this film. That was a great goose.

    For a film called 'War Horse', it takes a long time for the 'war'-element to enter, so for the first 50 minutes, it's mainly 'horse' - and I happened to skip the horse part in my coming of age.…

  • Fifty Shades of Grey

    Fifty Shades of Grey

    ★★★

    Do you judge the film, or the book? I tried to judge the film on its own merit, but kind of failed. I suppose the good news is, the film in better than the book.

    I'm not going to lie, I looked forward to seeing this - how often do you see a book by a woman about a woman, adapted for the screen by a woman, and then directed by a woman. When the director is Sam Taylor-Johnson, I'm…