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  • Dreams of a Life

    Dreams of a Life

    ★★½

    It's taken me years to get around to seeing this because, despite how interesting it sounded, the synopsis alone was enough to depress the f**k out of me. I'm painfully aware of how long it would take for anyone to notice sometimes were I to suddenly die in my sleep or something - if it can happen to someone as apparently vivacious as Joyce then it's practically just a matter of "when" for someone like me.

    Honestly, I'm not sure…

  • Fly Away Home

    Fly Away Home

    ★★★★★

    "She's different than I thought she'd be… more complicated."

    Sometimes you go back to your old favourites and they're exactly as you remember them and that's fine - that happened with me the other day with Girl, Interrupted. But sometimes you go back and what takes you aback isn't the rush of nostalgia, but how much it's changed on you, while remaining just as good - or even getting better.

    The story here is pretty corny, even if it is…

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  • The Chalk Garden

    The Chalk Garden

    ★★★★★

    "Must be something terribly frightening in this house…"
    "That sounds like a perfect description of me!"

    "That's my daughter's child, Laurel. She's so fond of screaming!"

    "You encourage this?"
    "It would be far worse to discourage it…"

    "You talk easily about love and happiness but you never smile."

    "How can anyone believe a word you say, when you believe in no one? In nothing?"

    "The heart is a house with a room for every person it loves…"

    "You've grown up,…

  • Jurassic Park

    Jurassic Park

    ★★★★★

    "You can't think through this one, John, you have to feel it…"

    Someone on Twitter, I don't remember who, pointed out how the effects in this age so well because Spielberg gets (and shoots) his actors reacting to them so well, which is probably true of most Amblin stuff, no matter the director, from Roger Rabbit to Casper… I'd expand that to the fact that the completely human scenes, like the one quoted above, just Ellie and Hammond in the…

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  • The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea

    The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Someone reminded me how much I love this film today (it doesn't take much really) n I figured I should explain here since it's in my 4 favourites… this is just a copy paste of a review I wrote last year when it came out on blu-ray…

    The Little Mermaid II is honestly turning into one of my favourite movies in a very serious way. There are too many abominable reviews of it out there and I've been meaning to…

  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    ★★★★★

    "Some of us just decided to do something about it."

    Like Episode 7 had Luke, Leia and Han etc, this too has a gimmick I can't even begin to talk about yet, but which was enough to have me doubting my first impression since it was so distractingly joyous. Let's just say the uncanny valley has been thoroughly breached with this movie... if only for technical reasons, I'm sure this thing has profound value as to where it stands in…