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The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey (1988)

Every time I've watched this film, I've liked it more.

Must Watch My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 10 / 10
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Neohlížej se, jde za námi kùn (1981)

Most enjoyable.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 8 / 10
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The New Adventures of Pinocchio (1999)

I am inclined to agree with Cinefan (below). (The similarities to 1996's "The Adventures of Pinocchio" with Jonathan Taylor Thomas are due to its being conceived as a sequel to that movie.) Also, am I the only person to find the fish-humans VERY, VERY DISTURBING?

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 5 / 10
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Nicholas Nickleby (2002)

Actually, having watched it a second time (on blu-ray this time) my estimation of this film has gone up. It is a gorgeously colourful and good-looking production, Charlie Hunnam certainly has the wide-eyed innocence necessary to his character, and Jamie Bell makes a charming Smike. Most enjoyable.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 8 / 10
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Nimmermeer (2006)

If I learnt the art of film-making, and laboured for a thousand years, I would still never be able to create something with such crystalline gorgeousness as this magnificent, sombre, windswept film.

Must Watch My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 9 / 10
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Nine Meals from Chaos (2018)

A sublime film displaying Iván Noel's unique and characteristic cinematic and philosophical vision. I think Iván Noel is the greatest filmmaker of our time.

Must Watch My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 10 / 10
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Nocturnes (2006)

A gem of a film.

Must Watch My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 9 / 10
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Nous, les enfants du XXème siècle (1994)

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 8 / 10
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O (2006)

Completely breathtaking.

Must Watch My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 10 / 10
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Obecná skola (1991)

Unmissable, nostalgic, classic Czech comedy.

Must Watch My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 10 / 10
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The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012)

Well, all that one can say is that the boy (Cameron CJ Adams) is great - but the movie is a pile of syrupy, cloying, sentimental toss, an overdose of sugar that leaves you feeling slightly sick. Never mind. Watch it for CJ, and mourn the fact that he never got to read a decent script.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 4 / 10
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Oddballs (1984)

Surprisingly good! A fun movie from a more relaxed era, before Political Correctness and modern Puritanism. Recommended!

Must Watch My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 8 / 10
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Of Time and the City (2008)

A gorgeous elegy, mixing bitter criticism (particularly of the Church, but also of more modern trends) and warm nostalgia, a meditation on the corrosive nature of time that has something of the mood of T. S. Eliot's 'Four Quartets' (quoted in the film). Utterly unique. A work of genius.

Must Watch My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 10 / 10
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Oliver Twist (1933)

A catastrophically poor adaptation of Dickens' great novel. Besides the poor script and wooden 'acting', William Cowen's direction is astonishingly lackadaisical, making it difficult to watch the film in one sitting without falling asleep. Dickie Moore is miscast as an über-'cute' Oliver, with an obtrusive Yank accent. Altogether, like having to sit through a particularly ineptly performed school play. Of historical interest only.

Don't Bother My Movie Rating: Red Star 1 / 10
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Oliver Twist (2005)

Superb adaptation. Ben Kingsley should have got an Oscar for his Fagin.

Must Watch My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 9 / 10
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Oliver Twist (1997)

Well, this is a 'Disneyfied' version of Oliver Twist. Fluffiness abounds. There is nothing here that is authentically Dickensian. The attitudes of the characters are very much those of the 1990s, and the London of Dickens with its rich characters has been replaced by a chocolate box image. It's as though the director believed that it is enough to put people in funny 19th century clothes and give them funny hair-dos and funny hats and bonnets, in order to make them authentically 19th century. All the characters in this version are shallow, one-dimensional, clearly sorted into 'good' and 'bad' - and utterly uninteresting. Nothing is subtle; everything is laid on thick, just in case you didn't 'get the message'. So, for example, when Bill Sikes appears for the first time we get some menacing music just so you know that he's The Villain. Elijah Wood's attempt at a sort of cockney accent (it sounds more like an Oz accent to me) is up there with Dick van Dyke as one of the very worst. And although in other films Elijah Wood has displayed a certain amount of talent, it has to be said that in this film he rattles off his lines with about as much nuance as a man reading through the telephone directory. Besides which he looks, frankly, weird, with his overlarge eyes and chipmunk cheeks. He's no London boy, and is hopelessly miscast as the Dodger. With all due respect to the other reviewers, as Aristotle said, one swallow does not make a summer - and one highly personable actor (i.e. Alex Trench) does not add up to even a passably decent movie.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed Star 3 / 10
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Oliver Twist (2007)

Well, this project was doomed from the start, because the BBC decided that, instead of telling Dickens' story, they would 'update' his novel, 'for the modern era', or some such guff. This hatchet job fell to soap writer Sarah Phelps. Unfortunately, she has replaced Dickens' characters with grotesque stereotypes, and everything about pre-Victorian society itself has been absurdly exaggerated. The effect of this caricature, of course, is to congratulate the audience on its moral superiority to the pre-Victorian era, as though we now live in some sort of utopian society, from which pinnacle of moral Enlightenment we can look down on the pre-Victorians as a bunch of vicious, racist, sexist bigots. Oliver himself has been transformed in this production into an assertive, self-righteous and moralising campaigner against the injustices of his society - a privileged 21st century boy dropped into the 19th century. The scene where he is brought before the parish Board is typical - the Board is presented in a completely grotesque fashion, and Oliver is presented as talking back to them and criticising their moral judgement from his loftier moral standpoint. When finally at the end of the last episode Oliver turns to the camera and smirks like a cat that has got all the cream, one just longs to drown the nauseating self-righteous little prig. Indeed, from the moment that Monks declares, at the end of the first episode, that he wants Oliver wiped off the face of the Earth, I was rooting for Monks! Dickens' character of the Dodger has been scrubbed in favour of a stroppy teenager; and Timothy Spall plays Fagin as slimy and creepy - certainly not Dickens' character. The script insists on making a point about anti-semitism in an incredibly heavy-handed way - in this version, Fagin is hanged because he refuses to renounce his Jewish faith to the courtroom - thus becoming a Jewish martyr! In 1985 the BBC produced a perfect miniseries of Oliver Twist, a stunning piece of television. What a pity that the Beeb is now so dominated by its PC, progressivist, pseudo-liberal ideology, that it is incapable any longer of producing a decent historical drama.

Don't Bother My Movie Rating: Red Star 1 / 10
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Oliver Twist (1999)

Bleasdale, who wrote this four-part miniseries, took it into his head that he could 'improve' Dickens' original story, in particular by explaining away a couple of plot twists in the novel which otherwise seem like incredible coincidences; but the result is a somewhat tortuous and over-lengthy rewrite, made worse by his adding a tedious and uninteresting back story, which occupies the whole of the first episode. The casting is not quite right either. I'm sorry, but Robert Lindsay just isn't Fagin, and never could be. In Bleasdale's version, Fagin is a conjuror who does tricks, but this gets rather wearisome after a while. As for the Dodger, they really did find the most unprepossessing boy imaginable to play him! And Bleasdale has transformed his character to make him quite unpleasant (this comes out more strongly in the final episode). On the other hand, Sam Smith makes a lively and appealing Oliver. And some of Bleasdale's decisions are certainly very interesting - for example, his decision to give Monks a more rounded character and to present him in a much more sympathetic light. I rather liked him, and was glad that Bleasdale gave him a happy ending. I also quite liked the idea that Brownlow is in the habit of taking in boys off the street. And the narrative definitely picks up considerably in the second half of the series, as Bleasdale settles in to Dickens' story. Worth a view, I think.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 7 / 10
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Oliver Twist (1985)

An absolutely stunning BBC TV series, absolutely faithful to the novel. Scott Funnell plays Young Oliver for the first episode (he's the one whose photo seems to be in all the publicity, perhaps because it is he who goes up to ask for 'more'); and then, ten minutes into the second episode (after a 'passage of time' sequence), Ben Rodska takes over as Oliver, for the remaining 11 episodes. He is an absolutely wonderful Oliver, perhaps the best there's ever been. Indeed, all the performers are wonderful - it is difficult imagining this miniseries being bettered.

Must Watch My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 10 / 10
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Oliver Twist (1982)

Oh gosh, you just must see this - it's so hilarious! In Nancy's death scene, after Sikes delivers the first blow against Nancy, the latter gets up from the floor and complains that she is now blind - this is shown by the actress going cross-eyed. Then Sikes delivers a mortal blow. Outside in the street, Sikes is haunted by visions of Nancy - except that it's the cross-eyed Nancy! It's so wonderful. You keep seeing Nancy in soft focus - but cross-eyed! - saying things like 'I'm still your girl, ain't I?' I was laughing so much I was getting a stitch! It really is shockingly bad. As for the rest of the film... well, Martin Tempest (who was later in such staples of British television as 'Minder', 'Grange Hill' and, um, 'Mapp & Lucia') made a really quite excellent Dodger. He was a very good-looking lad. His scene in the courtroom is the best thing in the whole film. There were also some nice boy extras in many of the scenes. Fagin in this movie bears absolutely no resemblance whatever to Dickens' character. Sikes is an ineffectual alcoholic. He doesn't seem nearly menacing enough - indeed, he hardly seems menacing at all. Oliver himself is just a little too goody-two-shoes and uninteresting, and scarcely ever seems to be in any real danger. Still, having said all that, the film is a decent and entertaining romp, and is definitely worth a view.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed StarRed Star 7 / 10
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