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The Boys from Brazil (1978)

Gripping over-the-top story with wonderful performances from Olivier and Gregory Peck. Jeremy Black is superb as the various clones of Hitler. The interaction of these three actors in the climactic scene of the film is thrilling.

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Brightburn (2019)

meh

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Bröderna Lejonhjärta (1977)

Lars Söderdahl is a wonderful little actor and looks the right age for the younger brother, Karl, but Staffan Götestam, who was 24 when he played the elder brother, Jonathan, is far too old. In the wonderful illustrations by Ilon Wikland that accompany the OUP English translation of the novel, Jonathan was clearly only a little older than Karl - 13 or 14 at the very maximum - and this is the age that I now imagine him being. So to see a grown man playing Jonathan is initially a little offputting. Having said that, this is my only gripe concerning this magnificent film, which perfectly captures the atmosphere of Astrid Lindgrin's great novel. Highly recommended.

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Brotherly Love (2017)

Utter banality. Worse. To avoid going insane as a result of sensory deprivation whilst viewing what is in essence an extended commercial, I gnawed off my own leg. I now have to go through life (or rather HOP through life) with only one leg. Not good.

Don't Bother My Movie Rating: Red Star 1 / 10
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Buenos días resistencia (2013)

Yes, the Hispanophone countries constantly show their cultural superiority to the wretched 'Anglosphere'. Well worth watching.

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Bugsy Malone (1976)

Kind of like "The Godfather", but with cream pies instead of bullets. What is there not to like? Scott Baio is terrific as Bugsy. The musical numbers are absolutely superb.

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Burning Secret (1988)

Well, just to add my voice to the chorus of praise... This movie is essentially about a boy (Edmund, played by David Eberts) whose heart is broken by a man. All the actors (Klaus Maria Brandauer, Faye Dunaway, Ian Richardson) are completely wonderful, but David Eberts' performance is particularly outstanding. Add to this a gorgeous soundtrack, and an equally gorgeous setting and mise-en-scène, and you have the definitive version of Stefan Zweig's short story.

There was a German film (Brennendes Geheimnis, 1933) made of Zweig's story a very long time ago - and it was very good, and well worth watching. However, Andrew Birkin's film is so unutterably PERFECT in every respect that it is really impossible to imagine it ever being bettered. A masterpiece.

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Burnt Offerings (1976)

A fabulous cast, who give terrific performances in this atmospheric, suspenseful and intelligent horror movie, building up to a great climactic scene. Just marvellous!

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The Butcher Boy (1997)

What a tremendous movie. The whole film is riveting from beginning to end. Eamonn Owens is brilliant as the psychotic Francie, the very personable Alan Boyle plays his best friend Joe beautifully, and I even felt quite sorry for Phillip Nugent, played by Andrew Fullerton. Highly recommended.

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Bylo nás pet (1994)

A complete and utter delight. Wonderful boy actors, and a masterpiece of Czech television. Unmissable.

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Carrie's War (1974)

Well, I haven't read the book, so I can't judge the miniseries in terms of how well it realises the novel, but I have to say that Nick was by far my favourite character in the series. He's very boyish and loves biscuits; but more than that, he's a sort of one-boy-campaign against cant and hypocrisy, who always speaks his mind and is never cowed by Mr Evans, which is quite admirable!

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Cesta z mesta (2000)

A very charming comedy (sort of), with some great characters (I loved the character of the granny!), and a lot of father-son bonding, as both father and son learn the virtues of a less frenetic pace of life in the country. The film also shows in an early skinny dipping scene that, in 2000, Czech film-making (and, presumably, the Czech cinema-going public) had yet to be infected with modern prudery. Michal Vorel is delightful as Honzík. Highly recommended.

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The Childhood of a Leader (2015)

Stylish and fascinating.

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Children of the Stones (1977)

As kids' mystery/sci-fi series go, it truly doesn't get much better than this. Unmissable.

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A Christmas Carol (2004)

Rather astonishingly awful. Forgettable 'songs' and some of the worst 'singing' (occasionally screeching) ever committed to film, in what has the temerity to call itself a 'musical', only partially redeemed by some very personable boys -who, however, are all entirely incapable of acting their way out of a small brown paper envelope. The promiscuous use of CGI in this film is particularly obtrusive, adding to the thin, 'chocolate box' look of everything. A positive trial to get through, this production has the honour of being the worst live action version of Dickens' story ever.

My Movie Rating: Red StarRed StarRed Star 3 / 10
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The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey (2007)

Pish-posh.

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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)

Is it just me or is there something faintly sleazy about Mr. Tumnus? It's something about his exposed nipples. Mr. Tumnus has sleazy nipples. This adaptation is enjoyable, Skandar Keynes is great, as is the handsome William Moseley, and Tilda Swinton is particularly memorable as the White Witch. Having said that, I am not a fan of CGI, and I must admit that I prefer the 1988 BBC miniseries, made on a fraction of the budget.

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Cider With Rosie (2015)

Very poor indeed. The original novel has been totally occluded by modern ideology and modern puritanism. Archie Cox is far too old for the elder Laurie anyway - all the schoolkids look far too old to still be at school, especially as the school-leaving age was 14 at the time. The scene where Laurie plays 'doctors and nurses' with a local girl has been replaced by a scene where the older Laurie plays the same game with a woman rather than a girl - and even then the woman keeps some of her clothes on. The whole thing is risible in its prudery. This film is nothing more than a sad testament to the decline of civilisation over the last 50 years. The 1998 version was fine, but the 1971 version is really the definitive version - absolutely perfect. No need to bother with this steaming pile of feminist crap.

Don't Bother My Movie Rating: Red Star 1 / 10
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Cider with Rosie (1998)

I personally prefer the 1971 film, but this is certainly a fine effort, and Joe Roberts makes a very handsome Laurie.

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Cider with Rosie (1971)

Still the best adaptation of "Cider With Rosie" to date, in my opinion, though the '98 version is worth viewing as well.

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