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  • Vertigo
  • Casablanca
  • Double Indemnity
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  • The Velvet Queen

    ★★★½

  • Bunny Lake Is Missing

    ★★★★

  • The Two Jakes

    ★★★★

  • Earthquake

    ★★★★

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  • 1900

    1900

    ★★★★★

    Wrote this piece on Watching Bertolucci's 1900 for the MostlyFilm blog. 

    Amusingly, it consistently remained in the top three Most Read posts on the blog because of the dodgy search terms. 

    Anyway, this was one of the all-time great cinema experiences.

  • The Clock

    The Clock

    ★★★★★

    The following write-up originally appeared as a blog post on ViewLondon.

    Last weekend I watched thirteen straight hours (from 7.25pm on Saturday through to 8.25am on Sunday) of Christian Marclay's The Clock at the Purcell Room in the Hayward Gallery. I then slept, on and off, between 8.22 and 11.45 (I saw 10am, for example) because I wanted to see mid-day and I eventually left at 12.15pm on Sunday. I also live-tweeted the experience from 9.39pm until 8.26pm (when my…

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  • The Cove

    The Cove

    ★★★★★

    The following review originally appeared on ViewLondon (RIP).

    Documentary in which filmmaker Louis Psihoyos and marine activist Ric O'Barry attempt to obtain footage of the horrific dolphin slaughter that takes place at a concealed cove in Taiji, Japan.

    Impressively directed, thoroughly gripping and utterly horrifying eco-documentary that demands to be seen.

    What's it all about?

    Directed by Louis Psihoyos, The Cove follows a team of marine activists lead by Ric O'Barry (who used to train the dolphins for Flipper) as they attempt to obtain footage…

  • The Velvet Queen

    The Velvet Queen

    ★★★½

    Stunning photography and incredible animal footage, but it drags considerably in the first half. Second half is worth the wait, at least.

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  • The Last Duel

    The Last Duel

    ★★★★★

    You know when you come out of a movie and you go, “God DAMN, that was really fucking great”? That.
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    Reviewed for Hero Collector.

  • No Time to Die

    No Time to Die

    ★★★★

    Reviewed for Hero Collector and Nerdly (coming soon). 

    Short version: it’s great. Some lovely nods to other Bond films. Performances go above and beyond this time round, especially Craig and Seydoux. Only real complaint: Ana de Armas totally steals the film in her handful of scenes and then promptly disappears. I mean, there’s “always leave them wanting more” and then there’s this. You spend the entire movie waiting, in vain, for her to come back. Audiences will be *desperate* to see that character again, so here’s hoping she gets her own spin-off movie or TV show or something.