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  • Ed Wood
  • Toy Story 2
  • The Wrong Trousers
  • A Grand Day Out

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  • Songs My Brothers Taught Me

    ★★★

  • In the Heat of the Night

    ★★★★½

  • Cover Girl

    ★★★½

  • Ice Age

    ★★★½

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  • La Strada

    La Strada

    ★★★★★

    Light spoilers.

    Although I can’t fully describe it, there’s something about the way Fellini directs scenes featuring lots of people that really works. It’s evident even from The White Sheik, how full of movement, hustle and bustle many of his scenes are. An example here is when Gelsomina is adventuring on her own, taking in the sights, parades and eventually The Fool’s spaghetti stunt. There’s an otherworldly quality to it as it so perfectly illustrates the wonder that is no…

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  • In the Heat of the Night

    In the Heat of the Night

    ★★★★½

    Re-watched in memory of Sidney Poitier, whose performance in this is the stuff of legends.

    I certainly like In the Heat of the Night much more than I did the first time, with me now appreciating its deliberate pacing, how it best captures Virgil's attempts to proceed with the case in the face of bigotry, including the frustration that he and the audience feel.

    Additionally, something I had forgotten is how infrequent Quincy Jones' score is used, as many scenes are allowed to speak for themselves. This makes the moments when the score, and the wonderful Ray Charles song, that much more effective.

  • Cover Girl

    Cover Girl

    ★★★½

    The premise has some interesting undercurrents of nostalgic obsession, but the overall story became predictable fairly soon. What makes this film, however, are of course the musical numbers and radiant performances of Rita Hayworth and Gene Kelly.

    I liked how many of the numbers were various on-stage productions taking place within the world itself. Not that I have a problem with the spontaneous singing and dancing, but the more seamlessly integrated ones stood out to me the most in how…

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  • Magnolia

    Magnolia

    ★★★★★

    A transcendent and powerful film filled to the brim with meaning and resonant layers of emotion, with not a single wasted second. Even the most seemingly insignificant seconds all come back around carrying their own narrative weight. Not a single line of dialogue out of place, no scene too long, it all fits together perfectly. Magnolia is art, an emotionally draining, sometimes ugly yet hopeful and even beautiful work of art.

  • Ed Wood

    Ed Wood

    ★★★★★

    Ed Wood is my favourite film. I can confidently say that having seen it four times throughout the year (Not all viewings logged on here), with this being my fourth watch.

    As an artistic tribute to Ed Wood, his optimism and love for film-making, it is everything you could ask for and more. The recreations of the various iconic moments from his endearingly awful pictures are spot-on, every single aspect is painstakingly accurate to the source material. Every line of…