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Godzilla (2014)

Wastes its three best characters,
or
A pleasingly understated monster movie.

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RoboCop (2014)

Interesting in its own right.

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Boyhood (2014)

Honest, lovingly made, utlimately inconsequential,
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Interesting kid grows up boring.

Boyhood quad

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Chef (2014)

Generous, kind-hearted family drama.

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Lawrence Of Arabia (1962)

Epic on a cinematic scale.

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Lucy (2014)

A frantic but nonsensical thriller.

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A National Theatre Documentary Raped My Mind

10th September 2014


I went to see a broadcast of the National Theatre's production of Euripides' tale of tragic jealousy Medea at Trinity Theatre on Monday, starring Helen McCrory. The play itself was excellent, McCrory herself delivering an emotionally exhausting performance that sees her teetering on the brink of sanity before dropping off the mental cliff by the end.

As with many of these NT Live broadcasts, the screening included a Making Of documentary. As Medea was performed as a single act with no interval this documentary, normally an optional extra in the interval, was placed front and centre before the proverbial curtain rose.

While interesting in and of itself, featuring McCrory and director Carrie Cracknell discussing Medea's state of mind and the psychology of women who kill their children. At this point, the friend I was with leant over and whispered, "Spoilers!"

Though said for comic effect as he had already seen the play live, and I consider the tragedy of Medea well-known enough that it is no more a spoiler than Oedipus' fate, the documentary annoyed me for another reason.

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The Impossible (2012)

Histrionic dialogue and inexcusably whitewashed.

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The Wind Rises (Kaze tachinu) (2013)

Unbelievably evocative animation carries story,
or
All Miyazaki's favourite things collected.

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Maleficent (2014)

A subtler, more interesting interpretation.

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