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  • The Great Dictator

    The Great Dictator

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    Once I got over the shocking experience of hearing Charlie Chaplin actually speak, I really fell in love with The Great Dictator (the film, not the person).

    This seems to be one of those films where one big moment in it overshadows the rest of it, in this case the era-defining, awe-inspiring speech which ends the film, elevating The Great Dictator from a situational slapstick comedy into a political statement, all made more pertinent by the release date of this…

  • Glass

    Glass

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    I just found this really boring. The best parts of Split were James McAvoy and Anya Taylor Joy and they are criminally underused here (although I haven't seen Unbreakable which might be why I didn't get much out of the Willis/Jackson stuff).

    McAvoy is still incredible in this role and the cinematography looked pretty cool at times... but everything else seemed boring and drab.

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  • Boogie Nights

    Boogie Nights

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    PTA's quality kind of speaks for itself, with his camera flowing freely through the characters as they build themselves up and then knock themselves down. Everyone has their little idiosyncrasies that help make them seem like real people... plus the cast really is stacked with talent - this film even made me like Mark Wahlberg!

    One shortcoming on my end was that I wasn't that interested in the plot, however well the atmosphere was created, and found the film to…

  • Shirley

    Shirley

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    Stylistically and atmospherically: very good. A couple of issues with Shirley for me were; the editing, which had too many cuts and close-ups to properly let the film breathe; and the character of Shirley which I just did not what to do with (hate her or feel sorry for her or be endeared by her or resent her - or all of them?). Still, pretty decent.