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The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

Thursday, May 2nd, 2019 Film Reviews,

Hollywood legend has it that Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s Cleopatra (1963) was the longest running – and most expensive – shoot in screen history. More than 400 days were spent on set, as costs (and Liz Taylor’s paypacket) continued to skyrocket. Yet if we measure the sheer amount time spent on any film, from first conception to […]

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The Shape of Water

Saturday, January 20th, 2018 Film Reviews,

With the passing of time it’s possible to look back on any period with nostalgia. Stephan Elliott proves the point in Swinging Safari, a time capsule of the 1970s that’s advertised as a comedy, but may be the greatest Australian horror film since Wake in Fright. It’s more common for moviemakers to feel nostalgia for […]

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A Ghost Story

Friday, July 28th, 2017 Film Reviews,

For the first half of A Ghost Story I felt sure it was being haunted by the spectre of Chantal Akerman (1950-2015), the renowned Belgian avant-gardist who loved shooting in real time with minimal camera movement. After watching a static shot of Rooney Mara eating most of a pie I could definitely feel Akerman’s presence. […]

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A Cure for Wellness

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017 Film Reviews,

For the first hour of Gore Verbinski’s A Cure for Wellness, one feels dazzled by the stylishness of a New Age horror flick in which the world of high finance seems scarier than anything a mad doctor could dream up. But as this over-long story puffs its way to the finish line one pictures Verbinksi […]

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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Thursday, October 6th, 2016 Film Reviews,

Tim Burton is Hollywood’s greatest celebrant of non-conformity. This is partly a reflection of his own battles with studios to make the movies he wants, the way he wants. Throughout his career one can feel the ebb and flow of that drive as he wins some rounds and loses others. My favourite Burton films are […]

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X-Men Apocalypse

Thursday, May 19th, 2016 Film Reviews,

Not having bothered to watch the past seven – or is it eight? – X-Men films, I feel at a disadvantage when it comes to reviewing this latest installment in a long-running franchise. I didn’t avoid the previous films for any special reason, merely a lack of interest in the overblown superhero genre that has […]

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Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice

Thursday, March 31st, 2016 Film Reviews,

At the age of twelve I read Marvel comics with religious dedication. As a fan one made a clear choice between the Marvel universe and that of its great rival, DC comics. While DC may have had those two archetypal superheroes, Batman and Superman, Marvel had a whole raft of characters that seemed more imaginatively […]

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Saturday, January 10th, 2015 Film Reviews,

If Mr. Turner finds a director at the top of his game, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is the work of a mad scientist defeated by a monstrous machine of his own devising. This third and final installment of the Hobbit trilogy, following on from the hugely popular Lord of the Rings […]

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The Zero Theorem

Saturday, May 17th, 2014 Film Reviews,

After cutting his teeth with Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Terry Gilliam is habitually viewed as a maker of dark, fantastic comedies. The truth is that he makes essentially bleak films festooned with comic touches, like Rococo decorations on a coffin. The Zero Theorem has been mooted as the third part of a dystopian trilogy, along […]

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Saturday, April 26th, 2014 Film Reviews,

To go from the cultish Only Lovers Left Alive to The Amazing Spider-Man 2, is to leave the would-be sublime for the out-and-out ridiculous. The latest blockbuster is always referred to as “eagerly-awaited”, but at last week’s preview, audiences had to wait more than an hour and a half because of problems with a digital […]