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  • The Leopard

    The Leopard

    ★★★★★

    My first time seeing this was on the big screen at the BFI and it was worth the trip. The film is a long, demanding viewing experience but it held my attention for pretty much of all of its runtime, exploring the development of the relationship between the young war hero Tancredi (Alain Delon) and Claudia Cardinale's Angelica as it is overseen by the Prince Don Fabrizio Salina (Burt Lancaster), set against the backdrop of the unification of Italy in…

  • The Outsiders

    The Outsiders

    ★★★★

    A coming of age film in the vein of Stand by Me if it was directed by the man responsible for The Godfather, The Outsiders boasts a whole host of recognisable cast members (Rob Lowe, Tom Cruise, Patrick Swayze, Emilio Estevez, Tom Waits etc), to tell story about two boys who get involved with some trouble with a rival gang in a small town and are forced to flee the community that has everything they know.

    It eschews the big…

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  • Alien

    Alien

    ★★★★★

    Hoop-Tober 2015! (1/31)

    "Now, this air shaft may work to our advantage. Here. It leads up to and comes out in the main airlock. All right, there's only one big opening along the way, we can cover that up, and then we... drive it into the airlock and zap it into outer space."

    And yet another classic movie that I should have probably seen by now is ticked off my watchlist. Hot on the heels of the likes of Lost…

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★★

    2017 Films Ranked

    Well, that was something special. I'm really glad that I watched The Umbrellas of Cherbourg the day before because there are clear influences from that masterpiece on Damien Chazelle. Together these two movies have made me far more invested in musicals than I was previously, with Bugsy Malone being another highlight but beyond that the list starts to get a bit thinner.

    Here La La Land follows on two people with big dreams. Mia (Emma Stone) is…