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  • The Guns of Navarone

    The Guns of Navarone

    I won’t go near a 2 1/2 hour war movie unless it has some of my favourites in it, and happily Gregory Peck, David Niven and Anthony Quinn deliver in that department. It’s bloated, and the action scenes are too dark (literally, not figuratively!), but you can’t argue with that star power- the interplay between the three of them produces some wonderful drama.

    Plus, if you make it to the end, you are rewarded with the glorious sight of Gregory Peck in a duffel coat.

  • The Favourite

    The Favourite

    It takes a while to get going and then doesn’t quite know how to end, but for the most part I liked The Favourite. Particularly the fact that the relationship between the three women isn’t entirely based on Machiavellian power-grabbing; there is affection there, however warped.

    The film looks gorgeous (those fish-eye lenses and all the double exposure shots!), and Colman, Weisz, and Stone all do terrific, layered work. There’s just a few too many scenes that slow the pace up unnecessarily.

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  • Road House

    Road House

    Men throw each other through windows and across tables whilst Patrick Swayze stands there, trying to look enigmatic. There are monster trucks, shoes with knives in the toe, endless explosions. Every few minutes someone says something that is meant to sound cool, but just doesn’t make sense. Sam Elliot turns up. Patrick Swayze rips a man’s throat out. A polar bear falls on someone. 

    It’s funny how something can be bad and amazing at the same time.

  • Vice

    Vice

    I hate this kind of filmmaking. Smug, condescending, didactic nonsense - Adam McKay has no faith in our intelligence and so everything he wants to says is capitalised, italicised, and underlined twelve times with a big, fat marker. I’ve not seen anything this decade so nakedly contemptuous of its audience as this film’s post-credits scene. 

    And everything he wants to say? It’s been said before. So many times. The level of arrogance it takes to present such old information as…