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  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    ★★★

    At almost 3 hours, I had to watch this film in two settings. Does it require that long to tell this story? Maybe not. But there is a great deal more time given to setting up and establishing the wider world these characters inhabit - namely the American civil war. It’s funny how much I didn’t remember about this film, it may only be the second time I’ve watched it - but for some reason it sits in my top films list. The final shoot out is probably why. That scene is epic but yet simple. Tense but funny. It’s the perfect ending. Maybe.

  • For a Few Dollars More

    For a Few Dollars More

    ★★½

    The second of the dollars trilogy. I’m not sure what I can say about this film. Perhaps westerns are just not for me, but I did struggle to keep my attention on the film. I enjoyed the relationship between Eastwood and Van Cleef, and the final duel is quite cool, but it feels like further set up to the final film in the trilogy.

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  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    ★★★

    At this point, what can you say about Tarantino that hasn’t been said a million times before? I guess we should be thankful that we live in a time where he is still releasing material (only one more film to go apparently - and perhaps you can see why). This film is a hugely, elaborate set up for a history-twisting punch line. It’s fun, and there are some great moments, but it’s no where near the same level of his…

  • The Hateful Eight

    The Hateful Eight

    ★½

    The last of my Tarantino marathon, and wow, what a slog. You have to admire T for his ambition, but this feels more like Jackie Brown than Basterds. The dialogue sort of never goes anywhere. We never care about any of the characters. And the mystery is no mystery at all. This story is basically something Agatha Christie would have thrown away and discarded as not making the grade. I watched this on 4K, and the cinematography was flawless and…