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  • In a Lonely Place
  • Roman Holiday
  • Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

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  • National Gallery

    ★★★★

  • The Last Letter

    ★★★★

  • Crazy Horse

    ★★★★

  • CODA

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  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★★

    When I caught The final Cut a few weeks ago it was meant as a precursor to seeing this for the second time. When I saw this in the theatre I remember enjoying it quite a bit but had such high expectations that the experience was a bit underwhelming.


    First of all, It is important to note it is a true miracle that this got made. The original film was not a huge success at the box office, and while…

  • The Lives of Others

    The Lives of Others

    ★★★★★

    For Review #200, an appreciation of one of my favourite films.

    Who knows, one day at a play or concert, your life could be changed forever?

    There is a saying Roger Ebert used to have, and its one of two laws of criticism I try to have: A film is not about what it is about, it is about HOW it is about it.

    Even so, often great films have great subjects married to great artistry and that is the…

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  • National Gallery

    National Gallery

    ★★★★

    Wiseman takes on a British institution but finds mostly—beauty?

    It doesn’t take long for the typical wiseman moment to appear. As we look at some great paintings we start to hear some sounds—

    And we move away to get ….. the floor cleaning machine being moved across a gallery. 

    While there are a few meeting scenes where talk of difficult budgets and the need to recruit an audience is discussed, we don’t get very much of that Wiseman trademark here.…

  • The Last Letter

    The Last Letter

    ★★★★

    Wiseman seemingly made such an impression on the Comédie-Française that they were happy to work with him on a theatrical production, given an almost Orson Welles Expressionist take in the filmed version here. 

    The story is from Vasily Grossman’s novel Life and Fate, which Wiseman has fashioned into a monologue delivered by French legend Catherine Samie as a Jewish Ukrainian town doctor, who is writing to her son about the predicament of all the Jews of the town. 

    This was…

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  • The Irishman

    The Irishman

    ★★★★½

    Ah, time to join the stampede of Letterboxd reviews!

    This is a big  achievement that could only have come from Scorsese. Perfectly tailored for its cast, and a deeply personal film for its director. Is it self-indulgent? Certainly, but if you are sympathetic for the journey it goes on, you won’t mind. (That’s my way of saying I’m not sure how people can say the movie doesn’t feel long, it totally does, but it earns it by showing so much…

  • Zodiac

    Zodiac

    ★★★★½

    This my 100th Review here on Letterboxd 


    So I thought I would pause my somewhat random exploration of silent movies for something that was essentially guaranteed to be good. 

    It is interesting to compare this to the serial killer genre of the 90s (which Fincher memorably contributed to.) With the distance of a few years Fincher sees a new way of looking at the themes and story beats involved. 

    I think it is also fascinating to think of this in…