Film Reviews by PL

Welcome to PL's film reviews page. PL has written 6 reviews and rated 19 films.

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Il Postino

Wonderful film

(Edit) 31/03/2021

A wonderful film. Touching, nostalgic, brilliantly acted.

This should be very high on your list of must-sees.

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Parasite

Brilliant - but not a comedy!

(Edit) 03/09/2020

A wonderful film which many have already spoken about eloquently. I wouldn't agree with cinema paradiso's description of the film as a comedy, although it's full of comic moments. Those with a sensitive disposition might find the finale a bit of a shock.

However, if you've not already seen this film, put it high on your wishlist. It's a compelling examination of the lives of the 'haves and have-nots' and one is left wondering who exactly the parasites are.

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Celine and Julie Go Boating

too long, but . . . . . .

(Edit) 25/08/2020

At well over 3 hrs, you might find better things to do with your time. Knowing in advance that the film was long, I was prepared to pace myself. However, an hour in, I was close to calling it a day. At 2 hours in the film began to exert some grip and the cyclical approach towards the end was quite satisfying. Throughout though, the quasi home-made style, overall eccentricity and camp humour are swamped by the films tedious length.

Lacking editorial scissors.

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Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Odd but engaging

(Edit) 11/08/2020

An odd film but engaging for the excellent performances throughout and the (sort of) credible tale being narrated by John Hurt. Whether you enjoy the exaggerated elements in characterisation will be personal. I found myself enjoyably carried through the 2 hours although the final climactic scene is stretched to excess. Some darkly violent moments and an overall cloud of gloom suggest the hero's acute sense of smell is not necessarily something to be blessed with.

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Little Women

beautiful

(Edit) 05/08/2020

- a beautiful film, the dislocated time-line demanding some concentration but amply rewarded. Excellent performances all-round. The sort of film which gets to the heart rather than tickling the edges.

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Sex But Were Afraid to Ask

Just TOO dated

(Edit) 15/07/2020

There was a time when this might have been considered a cool and humorous glimpse of sexual taboos. Alas, time has not been kind to this film which now is so dated, unprovocatively un-pc and simply not funny. Gene Wilder briefly brings a smile to the Sheep sketch but otherwise there are better ways to spend 90 minutes.

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