Random Chaos

… the consequences of not concentrating …


Directed by Stephan Gaghan Everything that can go wrong with Hollywood is amplified in the disastrous Dolittle. It’s a $175m vanity project built around Robert Downey, a personable actor who had a few lucky breaks, but is not the draw he thinks he is. It really is all about Robert and was even reshot to…

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Directed by Autumn de Wilde Do we need another Jane Austen Emma? Probably not, but Emma. (note the full stop) is a frothy confection with a winning cast which runs through the plot with ease. The costumes and designs win out over a script that struggles initially to establish the plot and characters. However, from…

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Top Ten of the Century

After reading the Empire list of the best films of the Century, it seemed a good idea to put together my own list. The criteria is simple. These are all films I would happily watch again, and probably will in the coming year. 1 No Country for Old Men 2 Mulholland Drive 3 Inception 4…

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Director Bong Joon-ho Picking up on themes from his Snowpiercer, Boon delivers a clever critique of the inequalities in society without resorting to the soapbox. There are echoes of Park Chan-wook’s The Handmaiden’s Tale with its story of hustlers invading a rich man’s home, but the beautifully constructed script wrong-foots the audience throughout. A cast…

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Atlantics ****

Director Mati Diop  Set in Dakar, Senegal, Atlantics at first seems a story of unrequited love as young Ada prepares for a loveless arranged marriage whilst her true love Sulemaine, despairing of his prospects, joins the exodus of young men to Europe looking for work. As fears grow about the men’s fate, the film takes…

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Director Sam Mendes A quest war film were two messengers must traverse a vast no man’s land to prevent a regiment making a suicidal charge. Verdict After Dunkirk, British directors seem to cornering the market for intense war films. The one-shot technique doesn’t add much to the film because its not told in real time….

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The Personal History of David Copperfield***

Directed by Armando Iannucci It takes about 30 seconds to buy into Dev Patel as Dickens (and ipso facto David Copperfield). He embodies the spirit and the enthusiasm which led his early death. Iannucci loves Copperfield and teases out the humour which Dickens books are packed with. We.ve had dark and gloomy Dickens for a…

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Once Upon A Time In Hollywood ***

Directed by Quentin Tarantino. Did Tarantino’s nerve fail him or is it there in plain sight? That at least three core scenes involving Brad Pitt’s washed up stuntman are fantasies, fairy tales as the title makes clear. Most of the reviews have taken the film at face value which leaves you with an overlong and…

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