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  • A Matter of Life and Death
  • Lawrence of Arabia
  • Billy Liar
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

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  • The Deadly Affair

    ★★★½

  • The Sound of Music

    ★★★★★

  • Time Bandits

    ★★★★★

  • Florence Foster Jenkins

    ★★★

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  • Midnight in Paris

    Midnight in Paris

    ★★★★½

    Almost an alternate version of Allen's own, The Purple Rose Of Cairo, Midnight in Paris is like a love letter to Paris.
    The film opens with various stationary camera shots of different areas of Paris, with each shot lasting no longer than a bar of Sidney Bechet's, 'Si Tu Vois Ma Mère'.
    Darius Khondji's cinematography is beautiful throughout, with a yellow tint giving every scene a warm glow, allowing us to see Paris in the same light as the main…

  • The Silent Partner

    The Silent Partner

    ★★★★½

    Did Christopher Plummer get to set via the Batley Townswomen's Guild's Reenactment of the Battle of Pearl Harbour...

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  • The Deadly Affair

    The Deadly Affair

    ★★★½

    The George Smiley film which, due to Paramount owning the film rights to the name George Smiley, is a Charles Dobbs film instead.

    The Deadly Affair is a decent spy film with some nice performances from James Mason, Maximilian Schell, Simone Signoret and Harry Andrews.

    Though this was my second viewing, it was the first time I noticed, among other, the uncredited David Warner, Timothy West and Charles Kay, in a performance of The Royal Shakespeare Company's 'Edward II'.

  • The Sound of Music

    The Sound of Music

    ★★★★★

    On paper, The Sound of Music should be a mushy, cutesy, mawkish film, and with a run time of just under three hours, one that becomes twee and benal.
    Instead, The Sound of Music is powerful, genuine and surprisingly dark.

    As much as the film is about the children and how their lives are changed for the better, thanks to Maria, it is in fact the children's father, Captain von Trapp, who is at the centre of the film.
    Wonderfully…

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  • The French Dispatch

    The French Dispatch

    ★★★★½

    The most "Wes Anderson" Wes Anderson film that Wes Anderson has ever made.

    In all seriousness, this was magnificent!
    If you are already a fan of his work then you will love it.
    If you are new to his work then I wouldn't necessarily say this should be the film to start with. However, I hope you enjoy it nonetheless and seek out his other films, whether you enjoyed The French Dispatch or not.

  • Ministry of Fear

    Ministry of Fear

    ★★★½

    There is a scene in Ministry of Fear where a gun is fired in a pitch-black room. After a flash and a bang, all that becomes visible is a spec of light in the shape of a perfect circle, through the door where the bullet has just passed. The light emanating from the lit hallway on the other side.

    This scene only lasts for a second, but I instantly pressed rewind to view it again.
    The cinematography of it was spectacular, and the scene it is from, as a whole, is the one I will associate with the film when thinking back on it.