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  • The Big Short

    The Big Short

    ★★

    I work in Financial Risk and it is really boring. This film has not convinced me otherwise. Margot Robbie and a bubble-bath and all. I somewhat preferred Margin Call, which was a similar story, without the frenetic editing and forced sense of fun about the whole film.

    This is like being stuck at a loud party where an actuary is explaining statistical distributions to you in great detail.

  • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

    Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

    ★★½

    I will always have time for Jake Kasdan because he wrote and directed Zero Effect. I love Zero Effect and have done for 20 years now. It is kind of a shame that he has never lived up to the promise of that first film. Orange County, The TV Set, Walk Hard, Bad Teacher, Sex Tape and now a couple of Jumanji films. The films are fairly slick, reasonably well-made Hollywood comedies, but they don't show of the talent that…

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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…

  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl

    ★★★★½

    Gone Girl is a devilishly entertaing film, propelled by a sly script that plays serious but means hilarious, spiralled around two of the finest performances of the year; Ben Affleck subverting his square-jawed charm by focussing on his unusually untrustworthy face and Rosamond Pike attempting and succeeding at the perfect Hitchcock blonde, cold posion in champagne flute. It is the back and forth of a marriage, filmed like it is a thriller, but with the undertone of "aren't we all…