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  • Lion

    Lion

    ★★

    What a fluke that his name turned out to be something that means 'lion' just like the title of the film!

  • Hell or High Water

    Hell or High Water

    ★★★★½

    It is dusty.
    I don't know if that makes it a western or not, but it is dusty.
    You can see it, taste it, feel it in your hair.
    It does not happen often that a film's look and feel gets to me as much as this one did.
    The only problem with the film that I could see is that the main characters don't drink nearly enough for the amount of dust lying about.
    Everything else they do, though, is perfectly engaging.

  • Ordinary People

    Ordinary People

    ★★★★½

    Ordinary People came out in a non-snowy month in 1980. I know this because I walked home after the movie, even though I lived quite a hike away.

    It was nothing like the previous films I had seen. My previous favourite film was Grease, probably because it was the first film I'd seen a film on my own with friends; it wasn't a Bruce Lee movie that dad took me to as an excuse to eat popcorn. Ordinary People came…

  • National Lampoon's Vacation

    National Lampoon's Vacation

    Whoa...And people say Ishtar was bad!

    I think there might be an awful lot of nostalgia involved in IMDB's super high rating for this. That, or people have a sense of funny that is so different from mine that I ought to limit myself to comedies rated under 4/10.

  • 13th

    13th

    ★★★★½

    Muslims don't stand a chance in hell.

  • Hidden Figures

    Hidden Figures

    ★★★½

    I'll be damned. It turns out I don't hate biopics after all - I just hate them when they are uninteresting.

    This feel-good film isn't just interesting; it will have even the most cynical among us cheering for the math wiz, the Fortran specialist and the engineer. Oh sure it includes a few standard biopic scenes that usually tickle the gag reflex, but for some reason they aren't offensive here. Maybe because the story is so good. Maybe because yay,…

  • Captain Fantastic

    Captain Fantastic

    ★★★½

    I loved this film.

    I loved this film for the first section because all I saw was a man ensuring that his children were educated (and not in the 'colour your feelings' kind of way) and that they had a decent respect for, and the skills to, survive in the wild. When I saw that he was ensuring they were physically fit as well all I could think of was Plato's Republic: education is as much intellectual as physical. Mind…

  • Peppermint Candy

    Peppermint Candy

    ★★

    The life of a violent misogynist asshole told in reverse order so that the audience might wonder why he became a prick thereby putting up with his bullshit for 120 minutes only to forgive him if they buy into the idea that being a bastard all your life can be caused by one incident in the past.

    Yeah, I really did not appreciate this one.

  • Deadpool

    Deadpool

    ★½

    What's up with this? You guys all said this was funny and good fun! At least 3+ stars you said. Right up there with Guardians of the Galaxy you implied.* Now I have to go unfollow the lot of you!


    *ok, so that's me reading too much into it as I desperately search for something as good.

  • The Nice Guys

    The Nice Guys

    ★½

    I saw the ratings and the love this film was getting. Of course I anticipated loving it: you can't go wrong with Gladiator and Lars.

    There is nothing I can point to that is wrong with the film. The performances were ok, the script wasn't the worst thing ever as far as I could tell, the 70s vibe was good. Well, I suppose there is one thing. There was something peculiar about the pacing, as though the blocking were getting…

  • Lola Versus

    Lola Versus

    Not my bag.
    For the first time I finally understood what drove Adam Cook batty about 'quirky' indies. I saw it within the first couple of minutes in this film. Jonathan and I gave it a good go. He wanted to stop it immediately but I insisted we give it a fair shake. I think 30 minutes was all we could handle. Maybe it mellowed out later; after all, the beginning of a film has a lot of work to…

  • Dirty Harry

    Dirty Harry

    ★★★★½

    Man they knew how to tell stories back then.