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  • Get Out

    Get Out

    ★★★½

    My friends on MovieTalk have been ganging up on me to move to the dark side and embrace the Horror genre.

    ..so I’m doing my best and a good film is a good film whatever the genre.

    This is a very good and extremely complex film with subtexts way beyond the norm this type of fare.

    For comedian Jordan Peele’s first foray into the director’s chair, this was a very bold move turning both the horror and fish-out-of- water genres…

  • Force Majeure

    Force Majeure

    ★★★½

    My MovieTalk colleague @Emkang wrote a detailed blog about this film which I’d refused to read until I’d seen it. 

    It’s taken a couple of days to assemble my jumbled thoughts as this is a powerful and complex movie where the centrepiece avalanche is not so much physical as the avalanche of emotions that traumatises our protagonist family and vicariously their friends who arrive at their hotel a few days after the minor incident that provoked the problem.

    This isn’t…

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  • Paddington 2

    Paddington 2

    ★★★★

    Apart from hearing about Hugh Grant’s scene stealing performance, I’ve deliberately avoided reading critics reviews or those of LB members prior to writing.

    My wife was keen to see this as soon as it premiered as we both love the original.

    I was rather concerned during the first half hour that this was falling into the usual sequel trap of rehashing its predecessor but I needn’t have worried as the film went in a totally different direction once Paddington got…

  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    ★★★

    Ok hands up! I’m not a fan of horror movies and I know that I’m walking on eggshells here as some regard this as the Citizen Kane of the genre.

    For what is essentially a low budget late ‘70s screamer, I’ll admit it’s well made and Jessica Harper is excellent in the leading role. It’s a shame her career never quite took off (although I note that she appears in the remake due this year).

    ..so what makes this film…