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  • Ruthless


    There are two main problems with this film. Firstly, it's not very good, and secondly, it's not film noir. It's listed on TSPDT's quintessential films noir and I felt betrayed! I'm not doing noirvember in a big way this year so having one of the handful of films I'm watching be a dodgy interloper was terribly frustrating.

    It's been described as Ulmer's Citizen Kane which is always going to make it look bad in comparison. But that doesn't excuse how…

  • Gold Diggers of 1933

    Gold Diggers of 1933


    Not keen on the gold digging/ lying parts so much, and thought it went on too long but otherwise was surprised how much I loved this. The musical numbers are amazing but the beginning was also ace. So many great lines and I loved all the women in it especially. Joan Blondell in the last number was just so good. I like Dick Powell ok in film noir but find his singing etc. a bit much; it's better when he's serious. Warren William has a great moustache and was very entertaining especially drunk. Wish this was longer and with more Ginger Rogers.

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    Today marks the 5000th day I've been with my partner. I was going to celebrate by writing about a film we shared and loved together but instead I'll write about our meeting.

    In 1997-1998 I worked in a cinema ostensibly to save money for university but I actually spent it all on booze. We persuaded a colleague to hold an Oscar night party and so my workmates and I watched the 1997 Oscars together. One workmate brought a friend who…

  • The History Boys

    The History Boys


    Bizarre film in which a witty script is undermined by the message that the very best, most inspirational teachers fondle their students.

    It did make me want to watch Brief Encounter again though.