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  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
  • Barry Lyndon
  • The Empire Strikes Back

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  • The Crow

    ★★★★

  • True Things

    ★★★

  • Pleasure

    ★★★½

  • Jerry & Marge Go Large

    ★★½

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  • The Crow

    The Crow

    ★★★★

    Entertaining comic-book action movie.

    I was fairly underwhelmed when I saw this in the cinema on its original release, but I feel the years have been kind to it.

    As comic-book movies have become more and more conventional, templated and formulaic, a black, rain-soaked action revenge-thriller with a fair bit of swearing, violence and gore featuring a goth and industrial rock soundtrack (more on that later) seems positively radical, and I enjoyed it quite a bit.

    Brandon Lee is good…

  • True Things

    True Things

    ★★★

    Reasonable but insubstantial film about a women who forms a troubled relationship.

    It reminded me a bit of other movies, like Morvern Caller, a film I did jot particularly care for, with its drab English setting that moves to Spain.

    After The Souvenir and this, Tom Burke appears to have cornered the market in unsuitable boyfriends, and he makes for a big, masculine presence in the role of “Blond”. Ruth Wilson is also excellent as Kate, the women drawn into…

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  • The Prestige

    The Prestige

    ★★★★★

    Absolutely fantastic Christopher Nolan-directed mystery drama, with a little bit of science fiction chucked in for good measure.

    I felt this almost works better as a rewatch. Although you don’t have the thrill of the big reveals at the end, you watch the film in a different way and I think you share Nolan’s delight in the way it all fits together when you know what is coming.

    I had forgotten how the timeline of the film jumps about so…

  • No Time to Die

    No Time to Die

    ★★★★½

    Entertaining and surprisingly powerful final outing as James Bond for Daniel Craig.

    Fittingly for his swan song, this is full of everything that you expect from a Bond film, but also has the most emotional and dramatic finale to a film in this franchise since On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

    That movie is on Director Cary Fukunaga’s mind quite a bit, as some memorable dialogue from that movie is used on occasions, while its brilliant theme song is also called…