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Albie has written 6 reviews for films rated ★★ .

  • Green Book

    Green Book

    ★★

    It baffles me that people who complain about Driving Miss Daisy continue to do so now that Green Book exists. This film has lowered the bar for Best Picture winners to such an extent that Forrest Gump no longer holds the honour of being the least intelligent film ever to snag the honour, and that is saying something.

    I try to avoid Oscar discussions in my reviews, but it is worth pointing out how many Academy boxes Green Book ticks.…

  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★

    I rarely watch superhero films. With the exception of The Dark Knight, I've just never been able to find anything in them that remotely captures my imagination. Imagine my interest, then, when Joker was touted as being a character study as opposed to an action blockbuster - and imagine my lack of surprise when I discovered it to be a failure.

    Joker isn't a boring or unpleasant film, but it is a stupid one. The central premise alone is indication…

  • The Birth of a Nation

    The Birth of a Nation

    ★★

    In year 12 I wrote an extended essay on what film-related controversies showed about changing social attitudes. I'm ashamed to say that I'd only seen three of the eight films I wrote about, so I'm taking steps to correct that by watching three more (as the remaining two are ones I flatly refuse to watch).

    Anyway, the point is that one of the films I studied was D. W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation, called the most controversial film…

  • Moulin Rouge!

    Moulin Rouge!

    ★★

    On the strength of Moulin Rouge! (I don't remember much about Romeo + Juliet other than that it was better than this), I can safely say that Baz Luhrmann is up there with Jean-Luc Godard as one of the most annoying and self-satisfied filmmakers there has ever been. Moulin Rouge! is the kind of film, like Pierrot le Fou, whose faults are amplified in hindsight, and in fact I really am struggling to find anything good to say about it.…

  • Chaplin

    Chaplin

    ★★

    Everyone complained last year about Bohemian Rhapsody's superficial approach to Freddie Mercury and how it took pains to glorify his life without exploring the man himself. Chaplin is an earlier example of this kind of biopic, and together with Bohemian Rhapsody it is irrefutable proof that making biopics about the most iconic people of all time is a bad idea.

    You can counter the validity of this by pointing at my five-star review of Amadeus. But the brilliance of Amadeus

  • Bohemian Rhapsody

    Bohemian Rhapsody

    ★★

    I've always looked upon Queen as a band whose eclecticism is an acquired taste despite their sprinkling of universally-loved classics. What could have been the definitive Queen biopic had the potential to match the extraordinary daring of its subjects, potential which is squandered in what is perhaps the most disappointing film I've seen all year.

    When I say Queen biopic, what I of course mean is Freddie Mercury biopic. The film uses as a framing device the 1985 Live Aid…