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Film Review: Year One (2009)

An adventure, comedy staring Jack Black and Michael Cera. Initially living with their primitive tribe in the woods, events thrust them into ancient civilisation where they enjoy and suffer the delights and injustices that come with it.

It’s not very good. While I did laugh at times, mainly due to the performances of Black, Cera and the other fine comedy actors involved, it’s not a well written or executed film. It’s fine for some escapism that doesn’t require much thought. It’s like the simpleton brother of Apocalypto, which is a fine film. Although this film doesn’t have the same epic scale in the sets, costumes, etc. It’s all rather cheesy.

Rating: ★★½☆☆ 

Year One on IMDb

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Film Review: Black Narcissus (1947)

This is a film about nuns who setup a convent in an essentially abandoned mountain top palace in the Himalayas. How they deal with this strange, new location and the local people, whose behaviour begins to threaten their beliefs and their way of life. If you can get past that, as well as the age of the film, you’ll find a highly enjoyable and accomplished film.

It won two Oscars for the visuals, which are stunning considering when the film was produced. The actors performances are more naturalistic than you’d expect from the period. Characters and story all kept me gripped to the dark end. There’s even some humour from the disrespectful old woman who acts as caretaker of the palace.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Black Narcissus on IMDb

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