Patrick Nabarro

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Rating Title/Year Author
3/5 EMMA. (2020) PJ Nabarro Reminds me of the wit of Austen's writing and how she may have been proposing all along Emma and Mr Knightley as the novel's two most insufferable and supercilious characters. EDIT
Posted Feb 16, 2020
3/5 Little Women (2019) PJ Nabarro Period drama comfort food, with no expense spared in the A-list cast and budget. Some of the characters even suspiciously look like they stepped out of a Chanel advert. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2020
1/5 L'étudiante et Monsieur Henri (2015) PJ Nabarro The fact Henri attempts to pimp out Constance to upset his bourgeois son's sterile marriage seems overlooked in the syrupy climax. An unlikeable film about unlikeable people. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2020
1/5 () PJ Nabarro The fact Henri attempts to pimp out Constance to upset his bourgeois son's sterile marriage seems overlooked in the syrupy climax. An unlikeable film about unlikeable people. EDIT
Posted Feb 9, 2020
2/5 1917 (2019) PJ Nabarro A very conservative war film employing a single-take strategy which, ironically, neuters it of any authenticity. It feels stage-managed, curated and airbrushed. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2020
4/5 Uncut Gems (2019) PJ Nabarro A tour de force of nocturnal contingency, and a pulverising cinematic parable on the sheer nauseous toxicity of a life lived on the edge in NYC. EDIT
Posted Feb 1, 2020
3/5 The Death of Stalin (2017) PJ Nabarro A pretty good attempt at satirising the absurdities of end-game totalitarianism. EDIT
Posted Jan 31, 2020
2/5 The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019) PJ Nabarro The film co-opts novelistic tactics for little discernible rhetorical or emotional effect. EDIT
Posted Jan 26, 2020
4/5 Marriage Story (2019) PJ Nabarro The film is stronger in its more sincere moments and weaker where Baumbach tries to push supposed truisms through gurning conceits. EDIT
Posted Dec 31, 2019
4/5 Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno (2017) PJ Nabarro Kechiche's experiential aesthetic and forensic gaze over the faces, bodies and inner yearnings of his characters is even more tangible here than in Blue is the Warmest Colour. EDIT
Posted Dec 30, 2019
1/5 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) PJ Nabarro Witless, soulless, and a colossally boring experience to boot. EDIT
Posted Dec 24, 2019
4/5 The Irishman (2019) PJ Nabarro The pièce de résistance is the remarkably mournful final act: an apt end point for Scorsese's career long interest in tales that detail the price that comes from a life of sin EDIT
Posted Dec 11, 2019
4/5 Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese (2019) PJ Nabarro Scorsese seems to intrinsically understand the revue's ethos. Hence the intuitive decision to make the execution of his film an aesthetic mirror of the tour it documents. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2019
2/5 Double Lives (2018) PJ Nabarro A parody of bourgeois French cinema, and the focus on the comically transparent autofictions of the hapless writer, Léonard, mimicked classic Woody Allen - not in a good way. EDIT
Posted Dec 4, 2019
3/5 Knives Out (2019) PJ Nabarro Knives Out's most distinctive feature is its overwhelming sense of its own cleverness. EDIT
Posted Nov 30, 2019
3/5 Raging Bull (1980) PJ Nabarro The film pushes somewhat of a limited thesis, especially compared to Scorsese's superior existential portraits in Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, and The Last Temptation of Christ. EDIT
Posted Nov 16, 2019
4/5 () PJ Nabarro The impish thrill in these celestial bodies' faces as the moon ekes its way across the dark sky to the sun hearkens to a sophisticated Benny Hill or Morecambe and Wise sketch. EDIT
Posted Nov 3, 2019
5/5 Sunrise (1927) PJ Nabarro Without the need to play his story out in a thoroughly realised reality, Murnau uses illusion and the poetry of his medium to communicate the themes of his modernist fable. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
5/5 Nosferatu (1922) PJ Nabarro Completely lacking in gratuity and malice: it creates all of its dramatic effect from the simple interplay between light and dark, and the suggestion of Nosferatu's diabolism. EDIT
Posted Nov 1, 2019
4/5 Blue (1993) PJ Nabarro Kieslowski crafts a tone poem about the beauty of grief, and how Julie's submission to the crystal-clear sorrow of her emotions leads her on a deeply moving process of rebirth EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
4/5 Bright Star (2009) PJ Nabarro The film succeeds in making the lustre of Keats' words come borne out of the inspiration he finds in his love for Fanny Brawn and the transient beauty of the natural world. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
3/5 The Game (1997) PJ Nabarro A classy thriller, and yet further evidence of how Michael Douglas was able to nail these WASP-in-peril roles. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
2/5 American Reunion (2012) PJ Nabarro What the latest instalment to the American Pie series reveals is just how deceptively sentimental and conservative the franchise is beneath its facade of sexual bawdiness. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
4/5 The Spirit of the Beehive (1973) PJ Nabarro Erice clearly intended this as a discourse on the septic influence of Franco's reign on Spanish civilian life. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
4/5 Fight Club (1999) PJ Nabarro The film's tongue is far too firmly in its cheek at all points of its discourse to ever take its characters' actions too much at face value. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
3/5 Calamity Jane (1953) PJ Nabarro Bold, camp and a clear indicator of cinema's lineage to theatre and a vaudeville tradition. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
3/5 Killer Joe (2011) PJ Nabarro A useful reflection on the nature of tyranny, and how it cowers and make zealots of the weak and vulnerable. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
4/5 Carla's Song (1996) PJ Nabarro Oyanka Cabezas is an absolute revelation as Carla: unbelievably subdued and melancholic in Glasgow, yet she comes alive with vivacity and passion on arriving in Nicaragua. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
3/5 The Dark Knight Rises (2012) PJ Nabarro A work that tries to honour and conclude the trilogy's politicking on its slippery themes of civic responsibility versus the value of self-preservation. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
2/5 Hope Springs (2012) PJ Nabarro Is having Meryl Steep's character practising her fellatio technique on a banana really all the material they could come up with? EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
3/5 Skyfall (2012) PJ Nabarro The character of Bond always works best when a blank canvas of nihilist tendencies and ultra-professionalism, so the Batman-style stab at populist pathos didn't wash with me. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
2/5 Trouble With the Curve (2012) PJ Nabarro It's conservative, sentimental, and shows remarkably leniency for Gus' belligerent - some might say, unattractively hostile - ways. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
2/5 The Hangover (2009) PJ Nabarro The filmmakers throw in so many forced elements of farce, that it dissipates the sense that maybe, just maybe, this kind of thing could happen to any of us. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
3/5 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) PJ Nabarro It feels much like a gentler, more humorous and watered-down version of The Fellowship of the Ring. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
3/5 Lincoln (2012) PJ Nabarro The recurrent themes that crop up again and again in the film are those of sagacity, maturity and the necessary compromises that come as part of ageing. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
2/5 Safe Haven (2013) PJ Nabarro The sentimental plot twist is particularly arch. It's essentially a means to endow further dignity on an already idealised thirtysomething father and his impossibly cute kids. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
2/5 The Notebook (2004) PJ Nabarro James Garner and Gena Rowlands lend the story a graceful gravity that perhaps the rest of the film's more simplistic romanticism doesn't deserve. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
3/5 The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2009) PJ Nabarro It's ultimately a film dealing in hackneyed horror tropes and employing a highly slippery and questionable toxic masculinity thesis. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
3/5 The Girl Who Played With Fire (2009) PJ Nabarro Although probably less purely exciting than its predecessor, The Girl Who Played with Fire is in some respects the more sober, realistic story. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
4/5 Lion's Den (2008) PJ Nabarro It wraps up in its seeming apparatus of a murder thriller and prison saga, a more moving and overarching parable of female maturation and gut-wrenching motherly love. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
3/5 The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) PJ Nabarro A pleasant enough evocation of the first stirrings of confidence and maturity in a painfully shy teenager. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
2/5 Argo (2012) PJ Nabarro The film plays out in the broadest of broad strokes with Affleck employing a lowest common denominator tone that would make the most hackneyed of Hollywood filmmakers proud. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
4/5 Swimming Pool (2003) PJ Nabarro A classy, frothy little thriller which isn't intended to be taken too much at face value as any kind of rigorous treatise on writing or the idea of the unreliable narrator. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
3/5 The Well Digger's Daughter (2011) PJ Nabarro A thoroughly well-told, if ultimately fairly slight, tale of family honour lost and regained in a France around the time of the Second World War. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
3/5 Midnight in Paris (2011) PJ Nabarro An uplifting ode to the notion that honouring the idealistic side of ourselves is often the best therapy. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
3/5 J. Edgar (2011) PJ Nabarro Although the film is suffocated somewhat by its solemnity, and it's hard to ascertain Eastwood's take on his subject, you can't really quibble with its realisation. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
2/5 The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) PJ Nabarro It really has hideously dated, from the gaudy fashion and special effects, to the smutty, sexist, 'Carry On'-style humour. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
2/5 The Hours (2002) PJ Nabarro The problem with The Hours' overt literariness is that it makes it a very pleading work; the film wants you to "get it" at every single point of its discourse. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
4/5 The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) PJ Nabarro The gripping final 30 minutes as the dynamiting of the bridge is carried out, is a masterclass of cinematic storytelling. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019
3/5 Thunderball (1965) PJ Nabarro This features the ideal realisation of Blofeld - a disembodied voice with shutters obscuring his presence from the torso up. It's far more chilling than in later Bonds. EDIT
Posted Oct 31, 2019