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  • 1963

    Watched 31 Mar, 2014

    In a word: IDGI.

    Whenever I watch a movie from the Critical-Consensus Classic Film Canon for the first time, I'm always afraid that it'll be like The Godfather: that I won't be able to grasp the appeal or historical innovation/influence/importance of the work, let alone fall in love with it as a piece of entertainment, and will therefore end up feeling like a complete philistine, wondering what I'm missing. But I'll know that the fault lies with me, not the…

  • Fantasia 1940

    ★★★½ Rewatched 23 Feb, 2014

    It’s not a coherent movie; it’s a string of small movies threaded together on one socially condescending premise: ‘you, yes you, I’m talking to you, will obviously never knowingly step inside a Classical concert hall, so we’re going to use your affection for Mickey Mouse to trick you into getting cultured, you horrible little prole.’ This is probably unfair. Nowadays, when Classical Music accompanies every second TV advert, when Puccini’s Turandot is an integral part of the enjoyment of World…

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  • The Dark Knight Rises 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 23 Jul, 2012 4

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

  • On Her Majesty's Secret Service 1969

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 22 Jul, 2012 1

    The first time I saw most of the Bond films was when ITV showed all of them over consecutive weeks in 1999, in the run up to the release if The World is Not Enough. However, even though I videotaped OHMSS at that time, it went unwatched for several years. I really regretted that, because when it was finally viewed, it turned out to be one of my favourite of all the 007 movies.

    If there are three things that…