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  • That Night's Wife

    That Night's Wife

    The first of Ozu's silent films that I've seen. He hasn't found his style yet, but he's clearly a talented director. The subject matter is also very different to his later films. Even though it's only about an hour long, I found the pacing really slow. And the soundtrack, at least on the version I watched, was abrasive and distracting.

  • Where Eagles Dare

    Where Eagles Dare

    A great boys own adventure with some pretty smart twists and turns. Felt like a kind of wartime James Bond with that slightly nasty tone that the classic stories have. Honestly more exciting than most modern action films. Richard Burton doesn’t take any shit from anybody.

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  • 8½

    Another film that I've come to with a huge weight of expectations. I don't think I'm equipped to judge it but I did admire the way that the main character's daydreams and memories and fantasies wove in and out seamlessly. I also have to admire Fellini when faced with so many worries about making a film turning them into the film. If indeed these were his worries. There are lots of great shots where, without a cut, the camera moves…

  • Dredd

    Dredd

    Karl Urban’s sneer is spot on.

    The question is, do I like this so much because I read the comics growing up? Maybe. There’s so much that it gets right for fans especially when compared to the Stallone version. Dredd is not a nice person, he’s not a role model, he never takes his helmet off. HE NEVER TAKES HIS HELMET OFF. It seems so implausible for a mainstream film that we never see the upper half of the main…