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25 new old reviews April 18, 2008

Posted by badblokebob in : Editorials, 1 star, 2007, alternate & director's cuts , trackback

Another 25 reviews in this update, taking things to week 19 of 2007. There’s a bunch of editorials scattered around these too — hunt them down if you’re interested.

So, after the two five-star films of the last 2007 update, this time we have the first (and so far only) one-star film. And well deserving of such revulsion it was too, if you ask me. Also worthy of note this update are reviews of Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Three Colours Trilogy, and the first review of something I’ve seen before in a new cut (with so few differences that it’s numbered “27a” instead of “28″, a convention that will find further employment in the next update).

- American Dreamz (2006)
- Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
- Breathless (1960)
- Casanova (2005)
- Chocolat (2000)
- Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002)
- Crash: Director’s Cut (2004)
- The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
- Flight 93 (2006)
- Garden State (2004)
- Happy Feet (2006)
- Hidden (2005)
- The King and I (1956)
- Ladies in Lavender (2004)
- Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
- March of the Penguins (2005)
- Mrs Henderson Presents (2005)
- The New World (2005)
- Secretary (2002)
- Stormbreaker (2006)
- The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)
- Three Colours Blue (1993)
- Three Colours White (1994)
- Three Colours Red (1994)
- Trainspotting (1996)

One thing I’ve noticed, looking back through these, is that some of the scores seem awfully generous, especially based on how fondly I remember the film — quite how March of the Penguins earned 4-stars is beyond me (for just one example). I’ve stuck with all the original scores though, and also left the content of the reviews unrevised (except for one brief addition to Casanova…) I think if there’s one major flaw I have as a reviewer (and that’s not to say I don’t have many), it’s that I enjoy things too easily and score too highly. Great for me that I enjoy things, not so much use to any readers one might kindly describe as ‘discerning’.

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