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  • Kong: Skull Island

    Kong: Skull Island

    Oh, man, the sequence where they're flying into the island is like something I've been waiting for half my life. I love the exhilaration of action movies (and even more so watching them whilst exercising, which I'm doing on account of having set up an exercise bike at home about a year after everyone else did) - but even whilst I revel in the explosions and the fights and overturned cars and buildings, I'm always thinking about the environmental waste…

  • My Favorite Year

    My Favorite Year

    ★★★★

    A film could hardly be more dependent on the lead performance unless it were a monologue. It's this goofy, likeable little 1h 30 comedy that's fairly predictable but which ended up with a Best Actor Oscar nomination all because of him. And Peter O'Toole's presence is so magnificent it's hard to believe a person can do that. (Even stranger that the role wasn't written specially for him and was first offered to Albert Finney, who then made sure it was…

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  • Purple Noon

    Purple Noon

    ★★★★★

    It may take a while for my reasoning faculties to return as they have been shut down by the sexy, lush atmosphere of this film and in particular the impossible beauty of young Alain Delon.

    I've never liked Matt Damon anyway but this original adaptation of The Talented Mr Ripley further emphasises how miscast he was. Delon's physical perfection makes Tom Ripley even more mysterious, as he should be ... I don't think he's a character whose inner workings are…

  • A Prophet

    A Prophet

    ★★★★½

    I'd heard so many recommendations for Un prophète from people with good taste, on Letterboxd and before I joined, that at some point I forgot that it's a two and a half hour prison movie. An extra-large helping of a genre I usually avoid. Fuck.

    Not long after Malik's arrival in gaol though, it stops being an account of claustrophobic, intrusive routine whilst isolated amongst thugs - and becomes a mesmerising character drama about the men stuck in this big…