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  • Bad Times at the El Royale

    Bad Times at the El Royale

    ★★★★

    Flight to New Zealand Film No.5:
    Watched between Melbourne and Christchurch, a women in the row in front of me was also watching it but was five minutes ahead, annoyingly. 

    I was annoyed to have missed this at the cinemas so, seeing it available on the plane, I was very excited. 

    As a work of originality, it does seem to lend much to The Hateful Eight but does enough differently to still be a piece of fresh cinema. It has…

  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier

    Captain America: The Winter Soldier

    ★★★½

    Flight to New Zealand Film No.4:
    Watched in the early hours of the first of January as Incredibles 2 had inspired me to watch another superhero film that had good action, and it had been  while since I saw this. 
    The Winter Soldier is definitely one of the strongest entries and were it not for some narrative choices (Nick Fury) and a weak, lazy and OTT finale, it would be a far higher ranking movie all round. 

    The first two…

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  • The Searchers

    The Searchers

    ★★★★½

    Watched back to back with Jeremiah Johnson (which I did), The Searchers continues a theme of men in the wild looking for something. For John Wayne's Ethan Edwards he thinks he is looking for Debbie, but by the end he has found something more: redemption. Wayne is genuinely great here; a character swathed in darkness with a hinted at past and a self-assured belief in his actions. 
    Monument Valley has never looked better than it does here under John Ford's…

  • To Catch a Thief

    To Catch a Thief

    ★★★★

    Gloriously charming Cary Grant and a gorgeous Grace Kelly make for a watchable duo caught up in a cat thief scandal. The cat and mouse and cat and mouse feel to the film (police chasing Grant who is chasing the real thief) ensures the title is perfect for the film. The French setting, humour and cinematography all compliment the story and moments of tension ensure Hitchcock's thrills. Very likeable.