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  • Hornblower: The Duel

    Hornblower: The Duel

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I'm enjoying the slow pace so far, as the almost real-time unfolding of the story really allows you to experience the events along with Horatio. I don't feel particularly connected to him so far, but I'm enjoying observing his adventures. It shows the realities of the lifestyle, eliciting quite a visceral feeling for some of it - sickness, injury, bullying, death, RATS.

    It contrasts the romanticised aspect of Horatio's wit and the sense of swashbuckling adventure with the awful living…

  • This Is Where I Leave You

    This Is Where I Leave You

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I really enjoyed this, laughed throughout and found a lot of heart in the characters and their interactions. It was quirky and often went in directions I hadn't expected - emphasising its message of life being unpredictable and non-linear.

    Sibling relationships are always fascinating to me, so I loved seeing the different dynamics within this family. While dysfunctional (and perhaps with one too many physical fights in the film), their banter is hilarious and I enjoyed seeing how they progressed…

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  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    ★★★★½

    I first watched this about 3 years ago, and upon rewatching I was able to properly appreciate how it captures a whole feel of the Middle Earth world that I found mesmerising and wanted to go back to as soon as it finished. The colours and lighting are gorgeous - as are the costumes - and the New Zealand landscapes are just stunning. Some of the events were just annoying to me (such as the troublemaking of Brandybuck and Took…

  • Blade Runner

    Blade Runner

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    (Note: Reviewing 'The Final Cut'; generally recommended for a first viewing. I haven't seen the other versions.)

    [I liked Adam Cook's review which addressed some of the complaints about the film which I agree with, and did help me to see why some really like it. From this, I can agree it was influential and there are many interesting aspects to analyse and question. But nevertheless, I am basing this review on my level of enjoyment while watching it and…