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  1. Amadeus (1984) I got round to it! I"m not averse to long films (I put down Lawrence of Arabia on a yearly basis), but for some reason I've put off watching this even though its been in my iTunes library for years. It's very good, if not quite the masterpiece I was expecting. I did watch the 3-hour Director's Cut, which may have been part of the issue. I felt it started to run out of steam towards the 2-hour mark, but it did pick up again in the final 30 minutes. It's way more lightly entertaining than I expected, very comical and energetic (at least in the first half). I felt it was less a biopic than a sort of tonal snapshot of a life, and to be honest Salieri was way more interesting than Mozart himself. I never got a feel for why Mozart's compositions were and are considered such works of genius, although this might have buried the movie in dry technicality. There is a scene towards the end where Salieri is helping Mozart pen the Requiem, and here there was a sense of Salieri peeking into the creative mind and being astounded by it, which I really enjoyed. Performances are all great, though a little arch in some cases, but that's the style of the film. Obviously impressive sets and costuming, oh and the score is pretty good. 4/5
  2. The trailer makes it look like Cooper's character is a werewolf or something I watched the original movie quite recently and it's very good, but held back by some hammy performances and the limitations of what you could get away with in the 40s. Plus a clearly tacked-on happy ending. Del Toro isn't the subtlest of storytellers so I'm sure any subtext will be rammed down the audience's throat, but I'm interested in this as a less restrained take on the story.
  3. Weirdly enough I read The Coma by Alex Garland today. I found it a quite clever and effective handling of the subtle strangeness of dreaming (albeit in a particular form). Reads more like a memoir actually, it's so specific. It's also super short.
  4. I missed it. Guess I'll have to wait until next year to try some of these video games.
  5. https://www.destructoid.com/reviews/fist-forged-in-shadow-torch-review-ps5-ps4-pc/ The reviewer is a friend of mine and he was extremely positive telling me about it last night, but he is worried it's one of these titles that only gets an underground following until a couple of years later, when everyone realises they missed a good one.
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  7. I got that lovin' feelin'* I really enjoyed the movie and came out on quite a high, but I probably need time to separate that from the fact that it's the first time I've been to the cinema since Rise of Skywalker, and it's a brand spanking new place 10 minutes walk from me, and I've been utterly fucking miserable for a while and maybe I needed to see some likeable people doing heroic stuff. Regardless, I loved the characters and performers. I thought Simu Liu effortlessly stepped into being a charismatic and likeable hero. Awkwafina continues to be absolutely brilliant, and it's always great to see Leung and Yeoh. I thought Zhang did a good job with something of a third wheel part. The movie is also quite beautiful to look at. Chinese design kind of lends itself to looking great, but I thought it was shot really well from the start. The action is solid and satisfyingly physical, with nary a rubbery CG person in sight. Things escalate to a place unimaginable from the opening scenes, but I think the film does a good job of carrying you there. There's a bit of sluggish pacing around the middle, but other than that I couldn't find anything I really disliked about it. *Though there was a trailer for Top Gun stating a 2021 release. Oops.
  8. This is interesting with regards to Murray. I love him in movies (especially his work with Wes Anderson), but both Groundhog Day and Scrooged don't work for me because I simply cannot buy the transformation of the characters. I feel like both of them have gamed the situation and are stopping short of winking into the camera at the end. Not so much to do with Murray's real life persona, which I'm barely familiar with, but more the culmination of so many sarcastic and insincere screen characters.
  9. He's supposed to be the guy the audience gels with in Red Heat, but he's so unlikeable. One scene after his partner is killed he's basically forgotten about him, and he has no chemistry with Arnie (I love how at the end they crowbar in a mutual respect frendo scene that isn't earned at all). On top of that, all his jokes are terrible.
  10. Someone's lost that lovin' feelin'
  11. The Woman in the Dunes. One of my favourite books and one of my favourite movies. I think it did as perfect a job as you could do in adaptation, considering the amount of inner monologue you lose in the transition to screen. The novel gives you more to chew on in its themes, but the film has a visual storytelling edge that comes into its own.
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