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  • Top Secret!

    Top Secret!

    ★★★★★

    Pretty dumb and of course inferior to what I knew as Flying High. But also just needs five stars. So.

  • Songs from the Second Floor

    Songs from the Second Floor

    ★★★★½

    Maybe a couple of hundred people in the cinema and sometimes only 2 or 3 were audibly laughing, but not because it felt like a comedy falling flat? That kind of a film.

    I was reminded a fair chunk of some of the mood of Buñuel flicks, but it was mostly a much more straight-ahead narrative. I'd never seen a movie from this director before, but had to wonder whether the guy who did The Lobster is into him?

    I'm going to be mulling this one over for a while, but enough excellent scenes that I'm gonna throw a high rating at it.

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  • Southpaw

    Southpaw

    ★★★½

    Gyllenhal is heaps better in Prince of Persia, but it's still pretty good. #trollololol

    Nah but seriously. You know whether you're up for a boxing pic, and this is all incredibly straightforward fallen hero arc stuff... BUT I gave a shit about what was happening, during the boxing and during the rest of it.

    The "behind every great man..." schtick still going strong in 2015 and Bechdel-Wallace test squarely failed.

    Forest Whitaker explicitly in the teacher role comes through with reassuring nuance, fumbling over his pearls of wisdom sometimes, called out for lying, etc.

  • Land of the Lost

    Land of the Lost

    ★★½

    I laughed so much I wanted to lie down. Once. Ridiculously uneven on the lols.