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  • Scott of the Antarctic

    ★★★★

  • Around the World in Eighty Days

    ★★★

  • Kolya

    ★★½

  • Wonder Boys

    ★★★

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  • Scott of the Antarctic

    Scott of the Antarctic

    ★★★★

    An effective representation of one of the few remaining explorations that are untainted; Antarctica’s lack of indigenous population making it OK to reach into. John Mills is stiff upper lip personified in the title role and generally does a good job (Scott’s diaries reveal him as being of very similar mindset) and James Robertson Justice is unrecognisable from his later comic roles as Evans. The film dramatizes the expedition’s mistakes effectively – the decision to use motorised sledges, sending 5…

  • Around the World in Eighty Days

    Around the World in Eighty Days

    ★★★

    I loved this as a kid and am a fan of the book, but a rewatch marked it out as very preposterous. There is still a lot to enjoy including some snappy dialogue, a sense of wonder and a general capitalisation on the novel’s fine characterisation and while the inevitably outdate sexual and racial politics should perhaps be given a little bit of leeway, the tendency to stage huge scenes just for the sake of show (10,000 extra were hired…

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  • The Hunt

    The Hunt

    ★★★★

    If you’ll forgive me once again for talking in statements, Thomas Vinterberg’s Festen is one of the greatest films of all time and two decades later, he’s produced another marvel in The Hunt.

    Much of that is to do with Mads Mikkelsen, rivalling your Fassbenders and your Goslings for art house zeitgeistiness although Thomas Bo Larsen runs him close with a brilliantly subtle performance as the star’s best friend.

    Of course the tale could be viewed as hackneyed in view…

  • The Street

    The Street

    ★★★½

    A fascinating take on a topic and locale I am quite familiar with – gentrification in London’s Hoxton and in particular, Hoxton Street. I almost dare not order a flat white ever again while craft beer is also given a kicking by the old timers from the neighbourhood who have found themselves increasingly alienated by the changes and above all, of course, the financial ones. The film is shot over the space of three years so we see a long…