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The End of the Tour (2015) ☆☆☆(3/4) : An Interview between two Davids

First, I have to admit in advance that I am not very familiar with two real-life authors whose meeting inspired “The End of the Tour”. Although his second novel “Infinite Jest” was cited by Times as one of the 100 … Continue reading

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Anna Karenina (2012) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4) : Their life is theater, after all

Being famous as one of the great works in Russian literature, Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel “Anna Karenina” has been adapted into movies and TV miniseries so many times since 1910 that I am sure most of you are already familiar … Continue reading

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Mysteries of Lisbon (2010) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4): A sumptuous labyrinth of stories and secrets

A young boy curious about his birth, A priest with the long past behind him. A countess who gets involved in a doomed affair and then trapped in an unhappy marriage. A count who commits cruelty out of his frustrated … Continue reading

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Under the Volcano (1984) ☆☆☆1/2(3.5/4) : One Alcoholic Day

 Spending almost two hours with the relentlessly drunk character is not a pleasant thing at all, and it is also not easy to watch the man who chooses to abandon himself to his own hell. He is almost near at … Continue reading

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Educating Rita (1983) ☆☆1/2(2.5/4) : When the movie doesn’t believe in characters

The main problem of Lewis Gilbert’s “Educating Rita”(1983) is it does not believe in its two characters much. If the movie just had concentrated on the dynamics between these interesting people, the result could have been a lot, or a little at least, better than what we get now. However, it pads their story with useless elements, and that is the major mistake of this movie. Whenever it does not have two good characters created by two fabulous performers on the screen, the movie loses its power in most cases, and, alas, that happens quite frequently throughout the story. While enjoying good parts of it, I lost my interest minute by minute. Continue reading

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