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70 60% 101 Dalmatians 101 Dalmatians (1961) - Rated 28 Aug 2021
"Definitely a good pro-wrestling style family movie. Evil but competent villain, dangerous but bumbling stooges "bumping" round, adorable puppies as the Babyfaces. So many nice "spots" (heh) and close calls. It's funny when the baddies get hurt - as it should be. Big families are good. Single people in their 40s (?) have something wrong with them and shouldn't be trusted. Good wins in the end. Short n sweet. Solid."
50 30% Red Notice Red Notice (2021) - Rated 20 Nov 2021
"Rock & Reynolds is a solid tag team, and like a middle-of-the-road pro-wrestling match, Red Notice is predictable, but slightly satisfying in how it sticks to gimmicks and tropes faithfully: all things in their place, as they should be. Good action in places, amusing in places; not cinematic art. Designed to be consumed easily by lobotomised "users" while they eat Uber Eats and swipe through Tinder, snoozing Siri's 127th reminder to cancel that unused gym membership. All things in their place."
90 95% Rififi Rififi (1955) - Rated 02 Sep 2012
"The close shots of sweat-coated faces were stunning. Beautifully framed photography permeated right through, and into a final act that resolved - and crumbled - in a regressing cycle of tiny thwarting misfortunes. Thrilling and exquisite - a truly great heist film."
90 95% My Neighbor Totoro My Neighbor Totoro (1988) - Rated 27 Apr 2011
"A film without a villain. A film with thematic purchase in our reality whilst adorned with forest spirits and a cat bus. Seemingly impossible, yet so charming! Plus, the artwork is staggeringly beautiful. Clouds move, light reflects, grasses sway. It is not profound, but it doesn't need to be. It's perfect in its modest, honest, condescension-free portrayal of the world through the eyes of children."
100 99% Sansho the Bailiff Sansho the Bailiff (1954) - Rated 13 Dec 2011
"Staggeringly beautiful and poignant. Often missed is the subtlety behind the seemingly didactic tone. Zushio essentially avenges his suffering on Sansho, banishing him and his family. How much mercy was truly shown? Instead of drawing a firm line between 'human' and 'beastly' the lines were constantly blurred, and humans seem almost intrinsically brutal. A priest sells them into slavery, a priest helps Zushio escape. Beautiful tones of grey everywhere: visually and thematically."
90 95% Blade Runner 2049 Blade Runner 2049 (2017) - Rated 06 Nov 2017
"Where the '82 film played with death & solipsism/memory with regard to what it meant to be human; BR49 wonders if these questions even matter. Like the original, the score & visuals are otherworldly & beautiful. A collapsed hedonic neon past given way to a broken, dusty dystopia. Humanity is simply gone. We're left to salvage hope from an AI bot and its/her replicant lover. 2049 did lack a Roy Batty; memorable lines to fill your soul with a surprising humanity. But BR49 is still a great film."
90 95% Only Yesterday Only Yesterday (1991) - Rated 24 Feb 2012
"Reflection and introspection - and a look at our movements through age identities. Only Yesterday has a real sense of warmth and genuineness that makes it one of my favourite Ghibli features. Very balanced, subtle and careful with each of its characters and themes. Beautiful."