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  • The Cranes Are Flying
  • Life, and Nothing More...
  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  • The Trial

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  • The Hollow Crown: Henry IV - Part 2

    ★★★

  • The Guard

    ★★★

  • Obi-Wan Kenobi

    ★½

  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

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  • The Hollow Crown: Henry IV - Part 2

    The Hollow Crown: Henry IV - Part 2

    ★★★

    Shares the same directional flaws as the first part, only now mounted upon the writerly flaws of the second. Shakespeare must take some part of the blame. It becomes especially profound in the case of The Hollow Crown, whose objective is to marry the histories into a long narrative – the various fancies of Falstaff and his clan are of the least relevance to the throne and those who sit in it. It has been remarked, quite rightly, that in…

  • The Guard

    The Guard

    ★★★

    Not to dip all things in the slicking oil of conglomeration, but in seeing this – a cheaply budgeted and generally conventional jaunt – so close to the megastructural OBI-WAN KENOBI – in which money is no object, and convention is holy vow – one discovers just how creatively bankrupt the Disney approach has become. Take the scene in the aquarium, with the various villains lit up by coruscating water, exchanging aphorisms as sealife drifts about guilelessly. There is much…

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  • They Shall Not Grow Old

    They Shall Not Grow Old

    ★★★½

    Among the unruly film conservationist community – an elusive and underloved subsection of society at the best of times – there is much discontent afoot. Peter Jackson’s latest project, a commission from the Imperial War Museum to mark the centenary of the First World War’s conclusion, has been considered by some in said community to be an act of barbarity, an unjustifiable marring of historical record for the sake of empty titillation. This project, entitled They Shall Not Grow Old,…

  • The Other Side of the Wind

    The Other Side of the Wind

    ★★★★

    A cynic might suggest The Other Side of the Wind cannot be considered a true Orson Welles picture. After all, the man isn’t around to denigrate it, and hasn’t been for a long time. Isn’t this just a cobbling together by friends and colleagues; the long-dead resurrected, but not quite the same? But then, what Welles film is ‘true’, besides Citizen Kane? His filmography is a sort of grand tragedy, whereby a master at 25 was stifled for the remainder…