Dinelka Balasuriya

'Favourite Films' section currently consists of my favourite viewings from January. Police Story is the only re-watched film of these

Favorite films

  • Police Story
  • First Reformed
  • Cluny Brown
  • History Is Made at Night

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  • Witness

    ★★★★

  • The Funeral

    ★★★★

  • Heat

    ★★★★½

  • Watermelon Man

    ★★★★

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  • Boomerang!

    Boomerang!

    ★★★½

    Week #4 of Criterion Challenge 2022

    This is an interesting, early Kazan work. Boomerang! is sort of split into two sections: one concerns the murder of a beloved priest and its aftermath of a community in grief and shock and the other is a courtroom drama. Usually, I am an absolute sucker for courtroom dramas but here it’s notably weaker than everything else, even if it is still enjoyable for me. The way in which Dana Andrews’ character explains the…

  • Apart from You

    Apart from You

    ★★★★

    Week #3 of Criterion Challenge 2022

    This one left me rather stunned at how good it was. I have seen two Naruse films heretofore (Repast and Sound of the Mountain) and he’s a director often considered to be one of the greatest in Japanese film history. Apart From You just made it clear how badly I need to visit every Naruse film that is available on The Criterion Channel since this is such a poignant and emotionally devastating portrait of…

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  • Unforgiven

    Unforgiven

    ★★★★½

     September Movie Challenge: #2- Unforgiven (1992)

    "I ain't like that no more. I ain't the same, Ned. Claudia, she straightened me up, cleared me of drinkin' whiskey and all." - William Munny to Ned

    "Unforgiven", to keep it nice and short is an absolute masterpiece.The performances are absolutely fantastic and the star power in the film is almost unparalleled. Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Gene Hackmann and Richard Harris are absolutely amazing in their roles. Eastwood in particular, captures the essence…

  • Ratatouille

    Ratatouille

    ★★★★½

    How does Pixar revive itself after the oddity that is Cars? Well, they bring back Brad Bird!

    "Ratatouille" tells the story of a rat named Remy who has the dreams of becoming a cook after he receives inspiration from Gusteau. His hopes and dreams are fulfilled when he makes his way to Gusteau's restaurant where he partners up with the heir to Gusteau's restaurant to cook.

    Simply said, this is one of Pixar's finest. The story is heartwarming, inspirational, memorable,…