Charan R

Movies, I like them...

My favourites are the last four films I've watched and rated five stars.

Favorite films

  • Shaun of the Dead
  • Kajillionaire
  • Licorice Pizza
  • Drive My Car

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  • Downton Abbey: A New Era

    ★★★½

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★★½

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    ★★★½

  • The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

    ★★★★

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  • Ninjababy

    Ninjababy

    ★★★★½

    Ninjababy is wonderfully inventive and frequently funny. That should be enough but it's also an important contribution to the ongoing busting of norms around the expectation of woman and motherhood. There was a far darker portrayal of that in Maggie Gyllenhaal's The Lost Daughter earlier this year but Ninjababy is dealing in the same neighbourhood, even if its tone and style is vastly different. I don't think any of this works without Kristine Kujath Thorp. She is wonderful here, ably…

  • The Power of the Dog

    The Power of the Dog

    ★★★★

    Figured I should watch this before it potentially wins Oscar. Dog's certainly powerful. May form thoughts at some stage. Going to percolate for now.

    52 Films by Women #2

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  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    ★★★★½

    By far and away the best of the Potter movies. Not a surprise when you put the source material from the best book - my opinion, granted - into the hands of an exceptional filmmaker. Everything I said about Chambers of Secrets is not an issue here: exceptional world-building, a sense of majesty and mystery, and the introduction of crucial characters that pay off now and much further down the line. Granted, all of that is in the book, but Cuaron brings his own style to the film, making it this dark, twisted and fantastical addition to the series.

  • Wild Rose

    Wild Rose

    ★★★★

    Jessie Buckley is an absolute revelation here. Wild Rose, the film, dabbles in the much-traveled rags-to-riches tale, combining it with Glaswegian class warfare. It doesn't totally distance itself from some of the cliches of either genre though I did respect the decision not to belabor the back story behind Rose-Lynn's jail time. But Wild Rose, the character, soars, brought to life by Buckley's virtuoso performance. She imbues her character with a genuineness, illuminating the struggle she faces between her dreams…