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The Colour Purple Review

Although Steven Spielberg would not admit to it in his feature, the literal colour of purple provides a nice juxtaposition to the people he adapts from this Alice Walker novel. Purple is a colour of power and luxury. The harsh and frank irony is not lost on The Colour Purple, depicting forty years in the life of Celie Harris Johnson (Whoopi Goldberg). That is plenty of range, time and talent to explore life and use it to underscore the highs and lows of struggle. Spielberg immediately has the benefit of shocking interactions which were a norm for the 1910s but a horrifying set of scenes to depict in modern times. There is a glaringly obvious reliance on that as Johnson is put through the wringer of life, and the results are mixed.  

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The Rainmaker Review

Taking the right course of action, the road that leads to moral and personal justification is the road most travelled in Hollywood. Time and time again, producers offer the story of someone that perseveres through all the odds to see that justice is served. More often than not, we as an audience merely hope such goodness happens in reality when we also know that it is far from the truth. The Rainmaker, then, is one such film. It is filled with bad people, but those few good eggs that shine through like diamonds in the rough are trying to make the world a better place.  

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Silverado Review

As the popularity of the western genre began to wane, it surprises me that, years after the twilight era of the Spaghetti and Hollywood westerns had come and gone, many big-name stars were still signing on to appear in dusty, gun-toting pictures. The ensemble assembled through Silverado is one of great pride, featuring the likes of Kevin Kline, Danny Glover, Kevin Costner, John Cleese, and even Jeff Goldblum. With this amazing cast behind him, director Lawrence Kasdan appeals to the type of audience who like drama and romance, feel-good stories of clear heroes and obvious villains. His approach to Silverado is the films biggest credit, but also the most obvious and glaring downfall of all.

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Lethal Weapon Review

Buddy cop films have, thankfully, died out almost completely. It feels like only yesterday I was sat in stunned silence watching CHiPS, but I have indeed recovered from that torture. The 20th century was a time of greatness for the tag-team duos to make their way through the streets of America. Lethal Weapon is not just one of the most well-known, but retrospectively the best the genre had to offer. A rag-tag teaming of a suicidal, manic officer and a veteran of the field who’s closer to retirement than he is to any form of promotion or fresh chance in the field of police work. 

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The Royal Tenenbaums Review

Whilst it may be some time until I can finally sit down and see a viewing of Wes Anderson’s latest film, The French Dispatch, I’m using the time wisely and revisiting some of his older films. I’d not been the biggest fan of The Royal Tenenbaums upon my last watch of it some years ago, and my review of it wasn’t the most flattering piece. A film that didn’t do anything for me outside of being a rather nicely directed. One of the most highly regarded films in the filmography of Anderson, reassessing The Royal Tenenbaums was an inevitability that I’d put off for quite some time.

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