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  • The Matrix
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Blade Runner
  • Stalker

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  • Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

    ★★½

  • Small Soldiers

    ★★★★½

  • Zack Snyder's Justice League

    ★★★½

  • Watchmen

    ★★★½

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  • Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

    Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

    ★★½

    I was sick with COVID and I fell asleep half way though. So I pretty much enjoyed this movie. It’s not good but it’s at a strange cutting edge digital and VFX nexus where some of it holds up really well and the rest of it is everything wrong with early VFX. It has (bizzarely in retrospect) some of the best directing in the George Lucas prequel films and the editing is OK.
    Nostalgia (and the awful new trilogy) may…

  • Small Soldiers

    Small Soldiers

    ★★★★½

    Like most of the movies from my past, I enjoy the act of revisiting them, but seldom enjoy the actual films themselves. (I'm talking about Antz, Aaron!) This one is an exception. It's possibly due to the dynamite restoration, or maybe the dream team of Aladdin and Pirates' Ted Elliot and Terry Rossio writing.

    Either way, it's far from a kid's movie, this is a scathing capitalist and US Military satire from Gremlins' director Joe Dante. Unlike its contemporaries, it…

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  • Lost in Translation

    Lost in Translation

    ★★★★★

    Does what almost no other film I've ever seen does: Captures the very essence of the loss of a single-serving person. Every time I watch this movie I cry. I know what it's like to meet someone to get to know someone, for a day, for a week, for a month and then face the crushing realisation and the string of events culminating in a lacklustre goodbye and a lifetime without them. Coppola, building clearly from her relationship with her…

  • Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

    Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

    ★★★★★

    A film that manages to be brisk and punchy and simultaneously laden with character, quirks and quality. Peter Weir has made a meditative, visceral, chase movie that kickstarts hard and doesn’t let up. It’s clever and emotional and fun, a weighty adventure flick that lets you play catch up. 
    Russell Crowe solidified himself as a superb actor, delivering a unique performance as a man you can imagine is usually quiet and safe and unsure of himself until on the sea and His true calling comes out as an extraordinary seaman.
    It’s a true shame that this underrated modern classic never got its sequel.