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  • American Fable

    American Fable

    ★★★½

    Didn't always hold my attention, but when it did it was captivating. Has that stagy ambience that seems to be getting more common (which I like). Feels like an American companion to In the Dark Half.

  • Tau

    Tau

    A relief to know Netflix can make a badly-reviewed sci-fi film that I actually dislike; maybe my taste isn't broken after all? This was the worst thing I've watched in ages. The leads couldn't be more flat if they were lying down, the aesthetic is horrible and the plot is completely unconvincing from beginning to end. Some scenes are like bad comedy sketches, almost all of Gary Oldman's dialogue is unintentionally hilarious (was he under the impression this was a spoof? Did the writer hate him?) A shame, because there's the kernel of a good story in here. Buried very deep.

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  • Merlin

    Merlin

    ★★★★★

    So many things about this are so good. I always forget how fantastic it is, perhaps because I assume my affection for it is largely due to nostalgia, so watching it after a while of not doing so is always a treat. The cast is amazing and there are some particularly standout performances - Miranda Richardson as Queen Mab (although I hold her responsible for some bad makeup choices in my teens), Helena Bonham Carter as Morgan Le Fey, Martin…

  • The Golden Compass

    The Golden Compass

    ★★★

    One of my vast collection of films I've watched about a thousand times because I can stick it on in the background while I'm writing, doing some work, reading a magazine, cooking, cleaning etc and not really have to concentrate. It had the potential to be much better, but I don't actually think it stands up too badly next to the book, even with the altered ending. Some of the casting is good (Nicole Kidman and the Magisterium officials, especially…