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    Alberto Moravia: Contempt
    I have read a fair bit of Moravia but not this one. Saw the movie version recently and that wasn't great. Hope the book is better.

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  • : The Illusionist

    The Illusionist
    This one had passed me by but I am glad I caught it. (****)

  • : La Grande Illusion

    La Grande Illusion
    I did enjoy this but one of the greatest films of all time? I think not. (***)

  • : The Grand Budapest Hotel

    The Grand Budapest Hotel
    Watched this again. Still amazing. (*****)

  • : What's Eating Gilbert Grape

    What's Eating Gilbert Grape
    Watched this for the first time in ages. Still pretty good. Leo is excellent in it. His best performance? Perhaps. (****)

  • : Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale

    Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale
    Long story but I watched this weird and very dark festive movie a month after Christmas and I loved it. (****)

  • : Diva

    Diva
    Been meaning to watch this ever since I saw Betty Blue back in the 80s but only just got round to it. I feared it would be all style over substance but it actually turned out to be a pretty good crime thriller. (****)

  • : Brothers

    Brothers
    Subtle and brilliantly acted. Liked it a lot more than I expected to. (****)

  • : Whiplash

    Whiplash
    An OK movie elevated above the norm by two excellent performances. (***)

  • : Timecrimes

    Timecrimes
    Great bit of timey-wimey nonsense. Liked it a lot. (****)

  • : More Than Honey

    More Than Honey
    Interesting documentary about bees. Didn't blow me away but kept me watching. (***)

  • : Happy-Go-Lucky

    Happy-Go-Lucky
    I thought this was going to irritate me but I ended up being quite charmed by it. (****)

  • : Our Day Will Come

    Our Day Will Come
    Bonkers road movie in which Vincent Cassel goes off on one in revenge for discrimination against redheads. Or something. (**)

  • : La Strada

    La Strada
    Supposedly Fellini's first masterpiece but it was painted with too broad brushstrokes to work its charm on me. The off-putting dubbed dialogue and sound effects didn't help either. (**)

  • : Birdman

    Birdman
    Inspired, ambitious, bonkers. (****)

  • : Inglourious Basterds

    Inglourious Basterds
    Only just got round to watching this. It is ridiculous but lots of fun. Also, an amazing about of subtitled dialogue for a major American film. (****)

  • : Le Mepris

    Le Mepris
    Brigitte Bardot, Jack Palance, Michel Piccoli and Fritz Lang star in a beautifully shot but terribly pretentious movie. Palance is awful throughout. (**)

  • : Labor Day

    Labor Day
    Was this a box office flop? I think it might have been. Shame, it was very good. (****)

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