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  • Last Flag Flying

    Last Flag Flying

    ★★★½

    The feeling that this is made for an Amazon-sizes screen by this much talent suits a somber and more considered, old man of a film; directors and stars stretching their limbs, working out a few aches but not straining anything too important in the process. The feeling, also, that the film was following the tracks of The Last Detail, quite enough sentiment to warm the heart; whilst there’s a lingering thought that these wars weren’t fought right, that these are…

  • RoboCop

    RoboCop

    ★★★½

    Everyone might have a price; a purchase price where anything that costs less is a no brainier; it never amounts to much; and mine might give a bit away about myself; anything less than 6 quid tends not to get a reaction or even slight hesitation out of me, and, thankfully most iTunes films are around 6 quid. Well that’s my excuse done with but I’d assumed I would still like this film; certainly more than lost people did when…

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  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★★

    Looking for Charlie Parker.

    Astonishing. Pitch perfect.

    The extraordinary ability to communicate musical obsession but also the power and perfection of a musical form like jazz. To do this in a second art form is remarkable. Using the language of cinema to transmit the beauty of music is what stuns me about this film. It would be enough to embrace the technicalities of jazz but to compose an expression in film form is the directors gift and achievement.

    Don't you…

  • The Lovers

    The Lovers

    ★★★★½

    A simple construction, as if Louis Malle had not gloried in the grace and beauty of Jeanne Moreau quite enough in Lift To The Scaffold. Stripped back to basic elements, so that nothing can obstruct his view of her. He forms a necklace to circle her, of three faces of man, as a way to focus more fully on her. I'm in complete agreement with this treatment. She is worthy of the pedestal upon which he places her. Finally, Malle…