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  • The Comfort of Strangers

    The Comfort of Strangers

    ★★★

    I really liked The Comfort of Strangers by Ian McEwan when I read the book twenty years ago. I had never seen the film, so I thought I would check it out. I was a little disappointed. After watching the film, I picked the book up off the shelf and read it immediately. It is only a hundred pages. Harold Pinter's script pulls the dialogue straight out of the book. Ninety percent of the scenes were lifted straight off the…

  • Trading Places

    Trading Places

    ★★★★

    Until the Luanda Leaks early this year, I had no idea that Isabel Dos Santos existed. As soon as I did and learnt more about her dastardly deeds I found myself becoming infuriated.

    For a long time, Isabel Dos Santos has been the richest woman from the African continent. She is the daughter of the first president of Angola, who took power when the country won independence from their European overlords. She then studied Electrical Engineering at Oxford in the…

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  • The Breakfast Club

    The Breakfast Club

    ★★★★★

    I still remember the first time I watched The Breakfast Club. It was 1994, I was fourteen years old and on a school excursion with my year 9 Japanese language class. We were visiting a small central western town in NSW called Cowra. During World War II, it had been the site of a POW camp that included a population of approx. 2200 Japanese soldiers. The camp was primarily notable for the Cowra Breakout. In 1944, a thousand of those…

  • 1917

    1917

    ★★★★

    Notably, the cinematography in 1917 is undoubtedly exceptional. Making it seem like a single cut lent the film a sense of relentless urgency and at times a suffocating claustrophobia. Combined with its reproduction of this specific time and place, with all its devastation and horror, the verisimilitude achieved is excruciating and renders this film a harrowing experience. It certainly underscores exactly why war is fucked.

    There are some thrilling moments of war time action in this film from our heroes…

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