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  • The Florida Project

    The Florida Project

    ★★★★

    I spent this past weekend watching a lot of the Academy nominated films and this Independent film deserves any accolades it gets. This film about life in the projects in Orlando, Florida is great on all levels with the acting performance of Willem Dafoe as the Motel Manager earning him a Best Actor nomination. The little girl Brooklynn Prince is very good considering its her first major film role. Beautifully filmed by Sean Baker whos previous film "Tangerine" I really enjoyed. Highly recommended

  • Afflicted

    Afflicted

    ★★★½

    This was one of the better films from this type of hand held camera genre,It was quite well done by Derek Lee and Clif Prowse,these guys probably did not have much of a budget but managed to make a tense horror that for the first half people might think they have been duped but believe me it builds up and then is pretty fast paced,like the locales also,will look for future entries from these two film-makers.

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  • Shoah

    Shoah

    ★★★★

    I wasn't even aware of this documentary until I started watching some of the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die" list. This is indeed something that everyone should see even if they think they know everything about what happened to the Jews in the camps. This runs for an incredible 9 and a half hours so it has taken me a long time as I could only watch in parts. The director Claude Lanzmann interviews Jewish survivors and also their German perpetrators sometimes videoing the interviews unbeknownst to them. If you can invest the time in this I would highly recommend a viewing.

  • Come and See

    Come and See

    ★★★½

    Wow this was certainly an interesting movie. Watching this as part of IMDB's Top 250 and it would have to be one of the most realistic I have seen, probably as much as the first half hour of "Saving Private Ryan".
    After finding a rifle a boy enlists in the Resistance Movement and soon experiences the horrors of war. The movie is quite long but it was enjoyable in a historical kind of way and I think that this was pretty much how it was at that time. Highly recommended

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  • Fantasy Island

    Fantasy Island

    ★½

    The idea of making a horror version of a classic TV series seemed ok on paper but that's where it ended. The movie is full of so many horror clichés, the acting was horrendous, chief villain was just dumb. The movie has no redeeming qualities at all, yeah I know that have B grade movies but this is about a D, Avoid at all costs

  • Hacksaw Ridge

    Hacksaw Ridge

    ★★★½

    Mel Gibson delves back into war stories again as Director and has done a great job of this true story about conscientious objector who refuses to use a gun during the Battle of Okinawa. Andrew Garfield plays Desmond Doss and has researched his character very well. There is quite a lot of religion featured in this but it is a big part of the story. I did find it a bit unrealistic towards the end and am not sure if that actually happened that way or its Hollywoodised. Worth seeing