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  • Logan

    Logan

    ★★★½

    Edit: cross-posted a better edited version on my website which maybe I'll start using more

    Arriving at a crisis point for the X-Men franchise, Logan borrows credibility from whatever sources it can find. However, like the relationship between former X-Man Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and his genetic derivative, the young mutant Laura (Dafne Keen), Logan ultimately shares its DNA with the modern superhero film, despite their different appearances and occasional harassment at the familial connection.

    Logan positions itself as a Western…

  • Shampoo

    Shampoo

    ★★★½

    What salvages Shampoo from being merely a Warren Beatty vanity project - one in which his heterosexual credentials are asserted and reasserted countless times - is that his character, the philandering hairdresser George, is often made out to be a bumbling buffoon.

    In terms of authorship, there's a three way push-pull between Beatty, Robert Towne (Chinatown) as writer and Hal Ashby as director (somewhat for hire), not to mention producer Robert Evans. However, George's character, what makes the story palatable,…

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  • Into the Wild

    Into the Wild

    ★★½

    I know several people whose opinions I respect that have loved this film and even rate it among their favourites, but having read the book and now having seen the movie I’m still at the same conclusion, that Chris McCandless was at times an insufferable prick who believed he was some divine combination of Thoreau and Jack London. He didn’t deserve to die for this stupidity (many his age think they're indestructible) but he doesn’t deserve to be mythologised either.…

  • Withnail & I

    Withnail & I

    ★★★★½

    I like my substance abuse surrounded by dry British humour (though I'm not really a fan of Trainspotting). Withnail & I is full of narcissism, paranoia and gleeful disobedience but also a sense of despair - an understanding this lifestyle is unsustainable and self-destructive - adding the pathos that makes a comedy last. You can tell it was based on real experiences (of the writer-director, Bruce Robinson, who hasn't done that many films, but I really need to check out How…