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The Favourite

Published July 13, 2019

The Favourite

Not really a fan of this one, I have to admit. I did think going into it that it was going to be kinda arty and maybe a bit hard-going but it surpassed my expectations. First, the good: I quite liked how quirky the script was. Weird sentences and funny moments. Not sure it came to any kind of satisfying conclusion but then again I don’t actually know what a satisfying conclusion would have been. Just disappointing that no one ended up happy.

Saving Private Ryan

Published June 1, 2019

Saving Private Ryan

The opening sequence on the beach is harrowing, mind-blowing, intense, a sensory overload that really brings to life the horrors of war in a way that no other film has managed to do so. (For me, so far.) Once that’s through, there’s still two hours of horror, war, tension, needless death, moral questions but also camaraderie, bravery, dark humour, and really some astonishing scenes.

First Man

Published May 11, 2019

First Man

So many thoughts! First opinion is that this was an epic film on such a grand scale and just so moving. It captured me almost instantly, with that crazy stressful start to a movie and then it never let up. The biggest highlight is the insanely good cinematography that grabs you, thrusts you into the heart of the action, makes you look at things differently and from angles that only the real participants could have seen, and then leaves you to deal with the consequences. I genuinely thought I was inside every rocket that Armstrong was in, I felt that claustrophobic and breathy intensity, and I was more than invested in every step he took.

The Man in the Iron Mask

Published June 3, 2009

The Man in the Iron Mask

The first hour was a waste of time, and even though she’s got my name, I felt the Christine/Raoul thing was an unnecessary distraction. I would have liked to see more on how they trained Philippe up to be like Louis, and his discovery. They packed a lot of story in a relatively short space of time, and it didn’t quite flow properly.