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Movie Review: No 89. Metropolis

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Movie Review: No 89. Metropolis

The credits for ‘Metropolis’ give a fair indication of what you can expect from the film:

‘Grot, the Guardian of the Heart-Machine’ played by Heinrich George
‘The Creative Man’, ‘The Machine Man’, ‘Death’, ‘The Seven Deadly Sins’, and ‘Maria’ played by Brigitte Helm

Oh, and there’s a sculptor too. But he’s not a character – he was responsible for the creation of the robot costume…

Yep.

Movie Review: No 49. M

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Movie Review: No 49. M

This review is sponsored by the letter ‘M’ and the number ‘6’.

I was never going to rate this movie highly. How can you rate a movie highly when it’s about a kiddy murderer?

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Movie Review: No 74. Cinema Paradiso

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Movie Review: No 74. Cinema Paradiso

My last experience of a ‘Cinema Paradiso’ involved my close proximity to the ‘Cinema Paradiso’ in Ettalong, New South Wales, and possibly the worst blind date in the history of blind dates (excluding, perhaps, any that resulted in kidnapping or murder).

It’s safe to say, then, that I was slightly apprehensive about watching this film. Read the rest of this entry

Movie Review: No 99. Pan’s Labyrinth

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Movie Review: No 99. Pan’s Labyrinth

A fantasy film – we’re in dangerous territory already.

Then again, if there’s any fantasy I can enjoy, it is the fantasy of a labyrinth or secret garden. I have often said that one day I hope to own a home with secret passages and hidden rooms…

Dear Millionaires

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Movie Review: No 72. A Separation

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Movie Review: No 72. A Separation

Simin: Does he even realize you are his son?
Nader: I know he is my father!

Another recent foreign language film steps up into the ranks, this time the story of an Iranian man whose wife has decided she wants to leave the country, leaving him with the difficult decision of whether to abandon his father, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen an Iranian film before. The closest I’ve probably ever come is playing ‘Prince of Persia’ back in the glorious 1990s. And, I think we can all agree, that is not very close.

But, you know what? I’m not surprised, and I’ll tell you why.

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Movie Review: No 86. Bicycle Thieves

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Movie Review: No 86. Bicycle Thieves

It is not often that a film’s hero is upstaged by a child, but this is certainly the case in ‘Bicycle Thieves’.

7 year old Enzo Staiola was “plucked from the streets” of Italy to appear in this film and he arguably provides the World’s best example of “natural talent” in acting.

The film follows the story of a man, Antonio Ricci, in the depressed post-WWII Italy as he secures his first job in several years, bill-posting for the local council. Essential to the job is that he own a bicycle. Having just pawned his bicycle, he and his wife go to great lengths to secure it again… only to have it stolen on the first day of the job.

It is then, of course, not only the economy that is depressed.

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