#207 – Taken

Action

I really like Liam Neeson as a “I don’t know who you are, but if you don’t let my daughter go I will find you, I will kill you” badass, this is why Taken is great, along with the fact it’s 93 minutes are paced perfectly.

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#206 – Let the Right One In

Horror

Well who saw this coming? I’d heard good things before watching Let the Right One In, but wasn’t quite prepared for either it’s beautiful aesthetic or tender subject matter all wrapped into what is without doubt a horror film – “I’m twelve. But I’ve been twelve for a long time.” This is cinema…

#205 – The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Drama

I love David Thewlis and he is at his usual best in The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, I also love Vera Farmiga a little bit too, she always looks like a film star. The very simple story’s impact is only marginally undercooked by the ever-so predictable climax, but then the dread of what is coming is all part of the experience, it’s a tough balancing act.

#201 – Fantastic Mr. Fox

Comedy

I partly love this Wes animation because my pal and his lovely wife got their names on the credits for being part of the splendid team behind the creation of the models and sets. That aside though the dialogue is so good and the pacing of the exchanges between characters so precise it is arguable that Fantastic Mr. Fox is up there with some of the best of Cloony’s work. And the introduction of “cuss” as an alternative to “fuck” in said dialogue is a master stroke.