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  • Destry Rides Again

    ★★★★

  • Hondo

    ★★★½

  • Dave Chappelle: The Closer

    ★★★

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★★

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  • Destry Rides Again

    Destry Rides Again

    ★★★★

    I foolishly thought that I'd never actually seen any films starring Marlene Dietrich, until I remembered she'd starred in Judgment At Nuremberg back in 1961. She was an actress that I'd read a lot about when I was younger, with her status as one of the Golden Age of Hollywood's shining lights assured, after a successful career in Germany before a switch to the States and a contract with Paramount in 1930 gave her bigger and broader exposure. Given her…

  • Hondo

    Hondo

    ★★★½

    Hondo is one of those films from the early 50's that had a fairly complicated journey to the theatres. It was originally shot in 3-D, and that new technology brought with it a whole host of problems. Director John Farrow was brought in by Warner Bros. but was unfortunately unfamiliar with the new cameras and the art of setting them up for a shot. The film overran so much that John Ford was whisked in at the last minute to…

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  • Dave Chappelle: The Closer

    Dave Chappelle: The Closer

    ★★★

    Over the last few years my taste in comedy has changed slightly. Maybe it was Netflix and the raft of specials that fitted my "hour before bed" watching schedule after night-shift, I don't know, but I caught dozens of stand-ups that washed over me leaving little impression. Of course there were exceptions, the likes of Bill Burr, Jim Jefferies, and Dave Chappelle became firm favourites quickly, with Jefferies probably my personal favourite, possibly due to the fact that we both…

  • 28 Days Later

    28 Days Later

    ★★★

    Watching 28 Days Later all these years later, and especially given the worldwide pandemic we've gone through over the last 18 months or so, is kind of surreal. So much of it resonates, from the deserted streets, to the hunt for a medical professional in an actual hospital, there were signs here that Alex Garland knew something was coming, sooner or later, although the Zombie angle was something I'd only seen when the Chavs were queuing outside Primark waiting for…

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