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  • Once Upon a Time in the West
  • The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
  • The Killer
  • Aliens

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  • Sharpe's Enemy

    ★★★★★

  • Sharpe's Company

    ★★★★

  • Platoon

    ★★★★

  • Weekend

    ★★★

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  • Sharpe's Enemy

    Sharpe's Enemy

    ★★★★★

    There are 12 Sharpe TV movies after this one, and while I remember that a couple are worse, I can't recall if any are better than 'Sharpe's Enemy'. It's got everything, Sharpe on a covert mission in enemy territory, a daring rescue, capturing a fortress, defending it by using genius tactics to overcome a 10-to-1 disadvantage in numbers, and a whole series of duplicitous or cowardly foes and honourable allies. This is a separate adventure but is also "part 2"…

  • Sharpe's Company

    Sharpe's Company

    ★★★★

    The deranged, evil, Obadiah Hakeswill, as played by Pete Postlethwaite was probably the best nemesis Sean Bean's Richard Sharpe faced in the whole run of these 90s TV movies. Hakeswill being the cruel thorn in the sides of Sharpe and Harper occupies half the story of 'Sharpe's Company', the siege of a fortress town the other. It's all very dramatic but the plotting feels a little repetitive and random, but it is a slow attritional siege after all. I think…

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  • Star Wars

    Star Wars

    ★★★★★

    I re-watched this with my two young nephews (4 to 6 ish) who had not seen a live-action SW film before and was expecting them to perhaps get a little bored with the slow build up to the gang blasting "out of Mos Eisley". Not a bit of it, they were excited all the way through and were jumping up on the furniture afterwards shouting out their favourite bits. All those big moments still work the way they were intended…

  • Death on the Nile

    Death on the Nile

    ★★

    'Death on the Nile' is unfortunately a mess but with enough kitsch glamour to still make it a diverting watch. It begins with an extended black & white WWI trench prologue for no obviously useful reason, other than perhaps Director Kenneth Branagh had just watched '1917' and fancied "having a go". The sequence features some truly terrible CGI but also some of the best looking de-aging FX I've yet seen. The whole film is like that, simultaneously looking like a cheap…