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  • Kung Fu Hustle

    Kung Fu Hustle

    ★★★★★

    Yes, there are a few things because of which one possibly shouldn't give it 5 stars (slurs, the arc of the romantic relationship), but everything else is so great, why emphasise the negatives? This is one of my all-time favourite action films and I have such fondness for the personalities in it, just wish some of them could have been around a bit longer.

    This time round, I've been wondering how kung fu stories - of supremely talented individuals with…

  • Constantine: City of Demons - The Movie

    Constantine: City of Demons - The Movie

    ★★½

    Usually it's me wondering why others have rated an action or comic book film so low. Here, though, I can't understand how the average is as high as 3.4 stars. I thought there was a lot I'd forgive as far as Matt Ryan's John Constantine is concerned (and not only that four years after first playing him, he still lapses into his native Welsh accent at times - even if that surprised me).

    And perhaps, as I found a couple…

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  • Purple Noon

    Purple Noon

    ★★★★★

    It may take a while for my reasoning faculties to return as they have been shut down by the sexy, lush atmosphere of this film and in particular the impossible beauty of young Alain Delon.

    I've never liked Matt Damon anyway but this original adaptation of The Talented Mr Ripley further emphasises how miscast he was. Delon's physical perfection makes Tom Ripley even more mysterious, as he should be ... I don't think he's a character whose inner workings are…

  • A Prophet

    A Prophet

    ★★★★½

    I'd heard so many recommendations for Un prophète from people with good taste, on Letterboxd and before I joined, that at some point I forgot that it's a two and a half hour prison movie. An extra-large helping of a genre I usually avoid. Fuck.

    Not long after Malik's arrival in gaol though, it stops being an account of claustrophobic, intrusive routine whilst isolated amongst thugs - and becomes a mesmerising character drama about the men stuck in this big…