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The Grand Budapest Hotel – A Review


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I haven’t seen a Wes Anderson film before. EvenĀ The Royal Tenenbaums, which I am reliably informed is something of a masterpiece. So all I had to go on, heading into the cinema, was the trailer and an idea that he tends towards the whimsical.

It also has a cast list as long as my arm, and studded with a panoply of big-name stars. It’s a draw, on the one hand, but it does tend to make me apprehensive. There’s a degree of “what is it compensating for?”, as well as a sense that some of these people can have only the barest amount of screen time in a film only 100 minutes long.

But without wanting to prejudge or give away anything much about the film, let’s get stuck into it.

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Odd Thomas – A Review


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I read Dean Koontz’s novel “Odd Thomas” years ago, though I never did get past the first of its sequels. As a book, I remember it being quirky, funny, fast-paced and a very enjoyable read.

I’m not sure, though, that I would have pegged it as being ideal for film adaptation.

But Stephen Sommers disagrees with me, apparently, and has made one. And what do I know, next to the writer and director of the two Mummy films worth bothering with?

I’m not sure if Odd Thomas ever actually had a cinema release. I know it saw the light of day at several film festivals, but I certainly never saw a showing listed at my local. Wikipedia claims it suffered some sort of money-related dispute, whereas Amazon has the DVD release slated for February 2014. So…yeah.

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