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  • Northanger Abbey

    Northanger Abbey

    ★★

    I thought JJ Field was really great in this, but he's in amongst a film that's really clunky and overwrought, with a terrible ending and incredibly irritating, juvenile heroine.

  • Persuasion

    Persuasion

    ★★½

    I think Persuasion is a really good story and could quite easily be adapted into something of the cinematic and emotional power of Sense & Sensibility (1995) and Pride & Prejudice (2005), which are by far the best Austen adaptations. Unlike those two adaptations, Persuasion takes a more subtle, linear approach which, while punctuated with dramatic moments, doesn't reach crescendos in the same way, yet the bare bones of the plot, which quite easily have been constructed as such, are still there,…

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  • Anna Karenina

    Anna Karenina

    ★★★★

    ‘Anna Karenina’ has come under criticism from some quarters as being guilty of style over substance, which I think rather disregards what the film is trying to do. It is, at the end of the day, a film about a society that is entirely concerned with appearances and reputation. It is creates a portrait of a world that is entirely seductive purely on the surface level and this is represented through some quite extraordinary visuals. The grandeur of the aristocratic…

  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    ★★★★½

    4.5/5.0

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest has Louise Fletcher essentially playing Mrs. Danvers as a nurse, in an allegory about the dangers of bureaucracy and the corrupting influence of power. That in itself is genius, but add Jack Nicholson’s incredible screen presence and Miloš Forman’s perfect blend of comedy and drama to the mix and you have something particularly special.

    'What are you, crazy or something?