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  • All the President's Men
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  • The Bank Dick

    ★★★★

  • The Way of the Dragon

    ★★★

  • Cold Fever

    ★★★½

  • A Study in Scarlet

    ★★½

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  • Top Gun: Maverick

    Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★½

    Let's face it, Top Gun (1986), despite being one of the most iconic movies of the 1980s, is actually rubbish. The plot is rubbish, the dialogue is rubbish, the characterisation is almost non-existent, the pacing is off and Tom Cruise is rubbish in it (Cruise wouldn't learn to act until Oliver Stone's 1989 film Born on the Fourth of July; you can justly criticise that movie for a number of things but not the lead performance). Somehow Top Gun simultaneously…

  • Pulgasari

    Pulgasari

    ★★★

    Pulgasari is probably the most widely known North Korean film, which I admit might not be saying much, that's probably like talking about Moldova's most famous pop act, but here we are. The story of its making, whereby agents of Kim Jong-il kidnapped Shin Sang-ok, a famous South Korean film director and imprisoned him and his wife in a re-education camp for several years before forcing him at literal gunpoint to make movies for the state before they finally escaped…

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  • The Bank Dick

    The Bank Dick

    ★★★★

    The Bank Dick is one of comedian W.C. Fields' defining works, it's 100% his sense of humour: the lighter side of misanthropy as delivered by his drunken avatar, who bumbles his way through a rapid succession of precisely written and performed gags. However the other name you should pay attention to is director Edward F. Cline. He got his start at the famous Keystone Studios, even playing one of the legendary Keystone Cops, he then worked with Charlie Chaplin, Roscoe…

  • The Way of the Dragon

    The Way of the Dragon

    ★★★

    Bruce Lee's directorial debut is a decent enough martial arts flick, but definitely a step down from immediate predecessor, Fist of Fury (1972). Rather than a historical drama that used kung fu fighting as lens through which to examine weighty themes, The Way of the Dragon has a broadly similar outline to his first movie as lead, 1971's The Big Boss, as once again a group of ordinary ordinary men and one woman who our man has a tangential connection…

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  • The Batman

    The Batman

    ★★★★

    Like most non-hardcore fans my response when this film was announced was to wonder aloud in strongly expressed terms whether we needed yet another Batman film. Especially given we just wrapped up the previous iteration of this character last year, and since Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises hit cinemas in July 2012, we're now on our third different caped crusader in less than a decade. Still, as with almost everything in life it's about quality rather than quantity, and…

  • Ghost World

    Ghost World

    ★★★½

    Ghost World opened in general release in the United States on the 21st of September 2001, and the film really feels like the final moments before September 11, 2001. While it would be an exaggeration to claim that everything changed on that one sunny Tuesday, we humans have a narrative view of history, and thus we're attracted to epochs. The historian Eric Hobsbawm co-created the idea of the "long 19th Century" as commencing with the French Revolution in 1789 and…