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  • Loving Vincent

    Loving Vincent

    ★★★★★

    I don't think I can really put into words how important what Vincent Van Gogh has come to symbolise for me in my life is. So please, if you have 5 minutes, just listen to James Blake's cover of Vincent by Don McLean, and head over to check out my older brother Nathan's profile here. His life mirrored Van Gogh's in more ways than I can describe. He took his life on Valentine's day this year, and it would mean a lot if anyone took the time to see how amazing his film taste was.

  • The Empire Strikes Back

    The Empire Strikes Back

    ★★★★★

    Star Wars Marathon 2019

    (Despecialized Edition)

    In my review for A New Hope earlier today, I made a point of only calling it "arguably" the best film ever to exceed as a blockbuster and a film. Principally, because the film I knew I'd be watching next was in my opinion, the film that has come closest of any ever to maxing the speedometer on both counts. Maybe my judgement is clouded by the dark side of nostalgia, but I promise…

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  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    ★★★★

    I found myself saying this is the best Harry Potter film, just by osmosis from the wider consensus, without realising how long it had been since I'd seen it. I still think it's probably the best, but it also probably isn't my favourite anymore. I think I prefer the lighter more fantastical tone of the first two films to the more self-serious, literally and figuratively darker film that this is. Still, right from the get-go, its a jarring step up…

  • Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

    Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

    ★★★

    Star Wars Marathon 2019

    The consensus has never really shifted when it comes to where Revenge of the Sith falls in the pantheon of Star Wars films. It's widely accepted that it's the best the prequel trilogy has to offer, but falls short of the original trilogy. I had felt that the films under Disney's ownership had all been of a higher standard than Episode III, but now after watching this again post-The Last Jedi I'm now beginning to wonder…

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  • Star Wars

    Star Wars

    ★★★★★

    Star Wars Marathon 2019

    (Despecialized Edition)

    I managed to find the "Despecialized" original trilogy Star Wars films online a while back, and decided last night that it was time to revisit the whole saga, since it's been a couple of years since I last watched them. Also, I needed cheering up :)

    Blockbusters with substance are a rare, rare find. All of the hundreds of blockbusters trying to emulate the ecstatic effect that Star Wars had when it was released,…

  • Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

    Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

    ★★½

    Star Wars Marathon 2019

    Far, far, better than I remember it being. Not to beat a dead horse, but as I've said many times, all of George Lucas' story concepts are magic. On paper, the plot of this film is fantastic, the themes are fantastic, the set-pieces are fantastic, but they're all translated in a way that very rarely does them any justice. At times, it succeeds at hitting the targets it aims for, but for every step forward there's either one or two steps back.