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  • The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

    The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

    ★★★★

    "Go away, I'm trying to die!"

    I couldn't get into Baron Munchausen at first - the opening act was a little shambolic for my taste - but once the adventure had properly started I began to enjoy myself quite a bit. That sequence on the moon in particular... wowza. This was famously Gilliam's most expensive production until The Brothers Grimm, and it shows. No wonder the art direction, costume design, visual effects, and makeup were all Oscar-nominated.

    So if you…

  • The Fisher King

    The Fisher King

    ★★★★½

    "I'm the Janitor of God."

    Tentatively boosting my rating by half a star. Partly for Richard LaGravenese's excellent screenplay, but mostly for the four lead performances: Mercedes Ruehl and Amanda Plummer shine just as brightly as Bridges and Williams. Definitely benefits from being Gilliam's most accessible movie up to that point, although part of me still prefers his more fantastical material.

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  • Sexy Beast

    Sexy Beast

    ★★★★★

    "But quite frankly your attitude appalls me. It's not what you're saying. It's all this stuff you're not saying. Insinnuendos."

    Not that sexy, but definitely beastly.

    Anticipated a sturdy Brit flick, with at least one great performance.

    Received a magnificent crime thriller that doubles as a comprehensive study of emasculation and intimidation, which also happens to feature two towering turns from Winstone and Kingsley, hallucinatory direction, a catchy soundtrack, and a whole lotta C-bombs.

    "You louse."

  • Super 8

    Super 8

    ★★★½

    "What, I'm thirsty. I'm in a war zone!"

    Is it possible for something to feel like the Diet version of an Amblin film even when Amblin are the actual producers behind it?

    Also, so many lens flares. No wonder JJ has a reputation for them.

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  • Jackie Brown

    Jackie Brown

    ★★★★½

    "Max; here she comes."

    The first time I saw Jackie Brown, I didn't get it.
    Ditto with the second time.
    The third time, I started to warm a little.
    And the fourth time - last night - I finally fell in love.

    I praised Pulp Fiction for being exuberant and vivid, but this movie has a soul, man. It's as alive as we are. The world resembles ours, and characters speak and behave like real people with actual life experience.…

  • Green Room

    Green Room

    ★★★★

    "Who are you?"
    "Odin Himself."

    Tight, tense, and terrifying. Green Room may be this generation's Assault on Precinct 13. It's certainly more gripping than Blue Ruin, mostly by virtue of having better protagonists. Anton Yelchin is fantastic, and so are his band mates. I just wish every character got more screen time - I don't know if that's a good sign or a bad one. Either way, I actually want to watch this again, like, right now.

    And speaking as a Scott Pilgrim fan, it was pretty sweet to see Mark Webber again (Stephen Stills!), even if he's almost unrecognisable as a Neo-Nazi skinhead.