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  • Snatch

    Snatch

    ★½

    Well, after countless recommendations I finally took the bait and watched Snatch… I wish I didn’t. I’m not sure what the appeal of this is but it definitely got the number one spot on my “not my type of comedy” list. Look, I like fun, wacky movies as much as the guy next door—Rush Hour was hilarious, I like Tarantino, hey, even Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes were quite amusing and entertaining films… which leads me to believe that what I…

  • The Breakfast Club

    The Breakfast Club

    ★★★★

    Writing adolescents is hard. We’ve all been through there, but generally it is remembered as a hazy and ambiguous stage of our lives. Now, having said that, this is a tough film to make. Not only are all the main cast teenagers, but you’re choosing to spend an hour and a half with them, mostly enclosed in a single room—now, that takes some guts. I am honestly perplexed that it doesn’t fail tremendously. There is this little montage about 20…

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  • The Purple Rose of Cairo

    The Purple Rose of Cairo

    ★★★★★

    This is it. Allen’s best film. Beautiful, smart, evocative, and painstakingly sincere. It is such a simple premise, yet somehow Allen manages to weave it in such a way that feels both spontaneous and inevitable—like any great story should. Just thinking how such a premise would be exploited nowadays, what turns would it take, the insipid plot beats..., makes one realise how fresh and utterly loving are the choices Allen makes, always coming from a place of deep respect for…

  • Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

    Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

    ★½

    I must say the version of the film I had in my mind was more idealised and rose-colored than I thought. It’s a shame too, as the original material, whilst far from great, did have more potential. Whereas the book was framed through a modern, contemporary yet adolescent lens to make old Greek mythology feel more appealing to nowadays young readers; in the film this lens gets pretty distorted precisely because it tried to appeal to the young viewer, which…