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  • Cold Fever

    ★★★½

  • A Study in Scarlet

    ★★½

  • Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★½

  • 5 Steps to Danger

    ★★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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  • Cold Fever

    Cold Fever

    ★★★½

    Upon release Cold Fever was jokingly advertised as “the best Icelandic-Japanese road movie of 1995” and that it is, both thanks to its own inherent qualities and a total lack of competition for that particular gong. 30-something Japanese salaryman Hirata is planning a relaxing golfing holiday in Hawaii, but is guilt-tripped by his elderly grandfather for his lack filial piety, so ends up on a plane to Iceland, to pay respect at the site of his parents' death seven years…

  • A Study in Scarlet

    A Study in Scarlet

    ★★½

    A warning for all Baker Street Irregulars and/or casual fans: this movie takes only the title and main characters from the first of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries, but is an original story that bears no relation to the events of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's 1887 novel. As the title screen indicates, this is film was "Suggested by the book", but it seems the "suggestions" were mostly ignored. Actually the real reason is that the stingy producer only bought the rights…

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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…