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  • College



    Buster Keaton's worst film.

  • Topsy-Turvy



    Topsy-Turvy is Mike Leigh's best film. All of his great films are set long in the past: Topsy-Turvy, Mr Turner and Vera Drake. The tighter plots, informed by the necessity of costuming and sets, allow a more precise focus, that brings to the fore the erudition of his scenarios, allowing the actors to trade witticism in time-period dialogue. Topsy-Turvy adds to this the music of Gilbert & Sullivan. The music throughout Topsy-Turvy is of the highest order. Gloriously performed, wittily staged.…

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  • American Gigolo

    American Gigolo


    American Gigolo is another of Paul Schrader's "God's lonely man" films. His quartet being Taxi Driver, American Gigolo, Light Sleeper and The Walker. They are a fascinating set of films, as much for their flaws, as for their successes. They are character studies of opaque, egotistical demons, increasingly pathetic and less dangerous with age. They mirror Schrader himself, and his own career. American Gigolo is the second of quartet and the first directed by Schrader. The film is built around…

  • Reds



    Warren Beatty's Reds has to be considered perhaps the most ambitious, frankly crazy, film released by mainstream Hollywood. It is, in 1981, a sympathetic, if critical, look at the 1917 Russian Revolution. The film focuses on the life and career of John Reed, the journalist and writer who wrote Ten Days That Shook the World. It mixes the personal and the political, spending a good deal of time looking at Reed's relationship with Louise Bryant (the amazing Diane Keaton, more…