★★½ Watched 21 May, 2013
An unholy mess of a movie, not totally without entertainment value but with uneven performances & tonally it’s all over the shop.
★★½ Watched 05 May, 2013
A thrilling, unusual start is blown by a scare-free use of CGI & an overlong, unsatisfying conclusion.
★★★½ Rewatched 01 May, 2013
Rewatched in 3D - a much more impressive experience, clearly shot (flawlessly) for the gimmick.
★★★ Watched 25 Apr, 2013
Characterisation’s messy, but overall the story works: Tony’s now a mess of PTSD & a vulnerable, over-active intellect, captured well by Black's witty dialogue.
★★★ Watched 23 Apr, 2013
Fairly unremarkable love story, although Garbo just being... well... Garbo elevates it above the norm.
★★★★½ Watched 23 Apr, 2013
POW tale, preceding the likes of The Wooden Horse & The Great Escape (and arguably superior). Interesting drama with an intelligent commentary on class.
★★★½ Watched 23 Apr, 2013
Sumptuous Italian drama of conflict, politics and desire. Runs out of momentum in the final hour but still, a fascinating evocation of the Risorgimento.
★★½ Watched 22 Apr, 2013
Similar subject matter to Vinterberg’s Festen (same use of bruising fist-fights & brutal honesty) that’s well-acted but not exactly breaking new ground.
I had a whole other review written for this, but I’m going to bin it off in favour of one sentence: the TPB founders all come across as proper arseholes.
★★★★ Watched 22 Apr, 2013
This shaggy dog story of a man coming to terms with dementia & obsolescence has a distinct charm, with enough tricks up its sleeve to retain a dramatic edge.
★★★★★ Watched 22 Apr, 2013 4
A magnificent look at Britishness, decline of empire & the Total War era. Restrained in emotion but powerful in inflection, few films resonate so beautifully.
★★★ Watched 21 Apr, 2013
Curiously gentle assassin story, sharing themes of nature, education and friendship amidst the mob shootouts.