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  • Sunset Boulevard

    Sunset Boulevard

    ★★★★½

    Wrote a few thoughts about this film over on my blog, head here for a nicer formatted version of the following.

    Sunset Boulevard is a great film that dramatises the tension between words and pictures not only in its plot but through its very form. Joe Gillis is an unreliable narrator, using voiceover even from beyond the grave to screen-write his own life, conforming it into a film noir, turning himself into at best an innocent patsy and at worst…

  • I Only Want You to Love Me

    I Only Want You to Love Me

    ★★★★★

    Capitalism is a disease.

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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…