• Daisies

    Daisies

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    A captivating piece of absurdity.

  • The Pinchcliffe Grand Prix

    The Pinchcliffe Grand Prix

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    A far more enjoyable car race after the disappointment of 'Le Mans'. I feel I must have seen part of this Norwegian classic at some time in my life but this is certainly the first time in full. Went against transition and watched the English version rather than the original cast as that way I heard the unmistakable tones of Derek Guyler as the narrator and the legendary Murray Walker commentating on the race itself.

    52 in 52 #18

  • Le Mans

    Le Mans

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    I'm afraid I found this very disappointing. Feel it would have worked better as just a straight documentary of Le Mans. I was far more interested in the actual race footage, both on and off the track, than I was of the 'story'. However, the score by Michel Legrand caught my attention.

    Birth Year Challenge: Part 2 #10

  • Gregory's Girl

    Gregory's Girl

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    "We are clinging to the surface of this planet while it spins through space at a thousand miles an hour, held only by the mystery force called gravity... A lot of people panic when you tell them that and they just fall off."

    Gregory was a hero of mine as a kid. A bumbling young man, naΓ―ve to the ways of those mysterious creatures called 'girls'. And yet somehow he finds one that likes him (although to honest she finds him).

  • Promising Young Woman

    Promising Young Woman

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    I'm finding it hard to review modern films at the moment. Not because they're rubbish, far from it, this is an excellent feature and a standout debut by Emerald Fennell. I think it's because a) I don't want to give too much away about the story and b) it feels wrong to say you enjoy a film which has such a message to convey, as with this film and another recent watch 'The White Tiger'

  • The White Tiger

    The White Tiger

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    Excellent but hard to say why...

  • The Black Hole

    The Black Hole

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    This shouldn't work. There's minimal plot, dodgy special effects, a total disregard as to what would happen to a body in open space, lots of wires and a robot with ESP! But it has such a solid cast - Maximilian Schell, Anthony Perkins, Ernest Borgnine and Robert Forster. Not to mention the voices of Roddy McDowall and Slim Pickins. And all of them, for whatever reason, are giving 100%.

    And if nothing else it was worth a re-watch to hear…

  • The Spider Woman

    The Spider Woman

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    This is definitely one for fans of the Sherlock Holmes stories as it references and borrows from several of them.

    Elementary my dear Basil! #7

  • The Olympic Champ

    The Olympic Champ

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    "That reminds me of a poem by Tennyson"

  • The Art of Skiing

    The Art of Skiing

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    First appearance of the 'Goofy Holler' - as welcome to hear as the Wilhelm Scream!

  • Do the Right Thing

    Do the Right Thing

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    Over 30 years old and unfortunately as pertinent as ever. An amazing slice of New York life one hot summer's day in Brooklyn. And what a cast. So many fresh faces who continued to impress in the years since. Particular mention for Rosie Perez, here in in her first screen role, who I have just seen in the equally marvelous TV series 'The Flight Attendant'. When is comes to how good this film is DO believe the hype.

    Birth Year Challenge: Part 2 #9
    Directors 5x5 - Spike Lee #3

  • Beauty and the Beast

    Beauty and the Beast

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    Some of the additions to the plot and characters in this film were satisfying. However, when it came to all the songs and showstoppers I just found myself yearning for the original. As Cogsworth said himself back in 1991 -
    "If it's not Baroque, don't fix it!"