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  • A Man for All Seasons

    A Man for All Seasons

    ★★★½

    It’s been a while since I’ve seen this Oscar winning historical drama so felt I’d give it a rewatch. 

    What is most glaringly obvious about this adaptation of Robert Bolt’s play of the same name is how disappointingly directed it is. Fred Zinnerman who was a terrific director as his work on High Noon and From Here To Eternity proves does very little to liven up proceedings here. Usually films of this genre are full of passion and energy but…

  • Frankenstein

    Frankenstein

    ★★★★½

    Mary Shelley’s classic novel has been adapted for the screen many times but the 1931 version directed by the great James Whale is definitely the best.

    What is most impressive about Frankenstein is undoubtedly James Whale’s stunning and innovative direction. His use of camera angles is at times odd and creates a sense of unease and tension that never quite escapes the audience even after it’s over. What also has to be praised is the set design which is incredible.…

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  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    ★★★★★

    Rewatching this because what else are you going to do on your day off?

    For me although Stanley Kubrick did some outstanding work in his incredible career 2001: A Space Odyssey is his ultimate masterpiece. Because although 2001 is a magnificent visual feast it’s also a stunning intellectual thought piece where Kubrick’s own philosophical ideas and questions are examined in great detail which is what makes it so rewatchable. Every time you see it you catch something you may have…

  • Blade Runner

    Blade Runner

    ★★★★½

    Blade Runner is a fascinatingly grim adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s brilliant short story “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” Writers Hampton Fancher and David Webb Peoples perform an incredible balancing act with the script creating a dark and complex neo-noir that subtly and occasionally touches on deep questions about man’s existence and his uneasy relationship with technology. The cast also do a good job with the material. Harrison Ford proves his credentials outside of his comfort zone as a…