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  • A Room with a View
  • Strictly Ballroom
  • Paddington
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  • Jurassic World

  • Wild at Heart

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  • Baby It's You

    ★★★★

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  • Paddington

    Paddington

    ★★★★★

    It’s the eleventy billionth viewing in our house, and the comic detail and silly sight gags in this lovely tale of immigrant acceptance keep on delighting. The back half of the taxidermied animals in Nicole Kidman’s lab. “The English have 107 different ways to talk about rain.” Mrs Bird’s knees. The tea train. “My heart, she took a little longer to arrive” - a perfect line about homesickness. The beige car: “It’s a karma-neutral colour.” 

    Also, I want Sally Hawkins’ wardrobe.

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  • Jurassic World

    Jurassic World

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

    Tag yourself, I’m the guy picking up his two frozen margaritas and running as the pterodactyls hit the village square. 

    Consulted my child’s cousins, who advised this as the best gateway Jurassic film (I wanted to go straight to Jurassic Park). He had to wait a long time for his favourite part, but what a pay-off for a five year old: “I liked it when the T-Rex, Blue and the big dinosaur fighted at the end. And now it’s the T-Rex’s…

  • Wild at Heart

    Wild at Heart

    My queendom for Lula’s lingerie collection.

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  • Kingsman: The Secret Service

    Kingsman: The Secret Service

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

    Aside from the yawnful Good-Guys-White / Bad-Guys-Other-Colours casting, this was a surprisingly enjoyable action flick... until it fucked out in the third act.

    It was partly the utterly weird special effects. Partly that they sent their only lady-spy off into space 'cos no plot for her. But mostly because of a series of gags right near the end in which the only moral (blonde, beautiful) hold-out amongst the captured guests offers our hero ass-sex if he sets her free.

    Don't…

  • Luca

    Luca

    I see the thematic suppositions out and about but to me this story feels like what living way out in the suburbs was like, yearning for the city, but feeling like absolute noodles when we got there. So cute. 

    That’s two films I’ve watched this week that begin with ‘O Mio Babbino Caro’. Puccini! Forzano! Bene!