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  • The Barkleys of Broadway

    The Barkleys of Broadway

    ★★★

    Fred & Ginger's final film together wasn't ever intended to be as such. After Judy Garland pulled out, The Barkleys of Broadway became Astaire and Rogers' first colour picture together, their first film as a partnership in a decade and their only film for MGM. While the dancing is a delight and the performances are grand, the rest of the musical is a mixed bag.

    The Gershwin songs are mostly ropey and the choice to include both big MGM musical numbers…

  • The Girl in the Yellow Pajamas

    The Girl in the Yellow Pajamas

    ★★

    A weird Giallo-adjacent, misogynist mess that leans heavily on victim blaming. The narrative aims for cleverness but falls short of delivering cohesiveness as we witness the murder investigation in tandem with the final months of the victim's life. The dialogue is often distasteful and character motivations are sketchy at best. There is promise in the premise but unfortunately, Flavio Mogherini isn't skilled enough to coax a worthwhile genre piece from the movie.

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  • Dr. No

    Dr. No

    ★★★★

    Thank jeebus for Letterboxd. For years I've been doing the "Bond Marathon" before the latest 007 adventure. For years I thought I was the only sad fucker who endured all twenty something films in preparation for the next slice of kiss kiss, bang bang. There's a few that have more or less concluded this little ritual, but seeing as Skyfall ain't out until 26th October I thought I'd slowly work my way through them, starting now.

    So... Dr No. The…

  • The Dark Knight Rises

    The Dark Knight Rises

    ★★★★

    I have absolutely no idea of how to start this review.
    First off the bat, to the best of my knowledge there is nothing here that will shake the foundations and change the opinion of the Nolan haters.

    Set 8 years after The Dark Knight, this film takes a knackered and spiritually broken Bruce Wayne and places him in a situation where he must don the cape once more.
    Christian Bale has come a long way in 7 years. From…