1917

Atmospheric World War 1 drama seemingly captured in a single shot (it wasn’t, but it seemed to have been), with a cast that was either great actors or less-great actors whose presence made you think “I bet they were thinking they’d prefer to have [great actor’s name] there”.  Co-starred King …

Judy

Totally didn’t recognise Renee Zellweger in this biopic focus on the latter years of Judy Garland’s life – what a surreal life though… People in the nexus of global adoration can end up leading lives so far detached from “the normal experience” (whatever that is), which Carrie Fisher did an …

Scent of a Woman

HOOOO-AAAH! Ok, so choosing this was probably an exercise in half-remembered nostalgia – I’m still pretty sure it’s a good film, but it’s VISIBLY from 1992.  Philip Seymour Hoffman looks like a tiny child, and the whole affair definitely looks like it was designed to squeeze a bit of extra …

Emma

I studied this book in Year 10, and the only thing I could remember about it was that it bored me to frigging tears – so it seemed on the surface like watching a film adaptation with actors who’d gotten inside the intent of the text might bring it to …

Moneyball

Brad Pitt & Jonah Hill lead the dramatisation of Michael Lewis’s book of the same title, centering around the building of a baseball team via statistical modelling rather than more traditional talent scout approaches.  I found myself willing myself on to like this because of the Michael Lewis connection, even …

Gran Torino

Clint Eastwood playing a hard-as-nails veteran/former assembly line worker living in suburban Detroit, as well as directing the film (prior to his penchant for speaking to furniture developed).  Richly acted and though predictable also wins you over in the same way the Vietnamese family slowly, reluctantly win him over.  Still …

The Departed

So, the goal of watching “a shit film” doesn’t alway pan out, and in this case seeing a cast list with the names “Nicholson / DiCaprio / Damon” in it meant no further searching was needed.  Unfortunately for me, I have a genuine problem telling DiCaprio and Damon apart – …

Faster

We weren’t really paying attention in this – it’s got The Rock, but he’s playing a sort-of-bad-guy (as you’re constantly reminded by the prosthetic scars) on a revenge mission: it makes a tilt at moral ambiguity but you never really get there, and in the end I think we only …

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