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Diana

diana_quad_master_awDirector: Oliver Hirschbiegel

Cast: Naomi Watts, Naveen Andrews, Juliet Stevenson, Geraldine James

Cert: 12

Running time:113 mins

Year: 2013

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The lowdown: The most misjudged celebrity biopic since Mommie Dearest or Caligula, Diana is bewilderingly bad. Clearly aiming to be cast in the same mould as The Iron Lady and The Queen, this account of Lady Di’s final two years and relationship with heart surgeon Hasnat Khan is sunk by tin-ear dialogue, a script part Mills & Boon, part Hello! and drab movie-of-the-week type visuals. No one survives with any credibility in a movie that’s less Queen of Hearts, more fart in a spacesuit.

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The full verdict: “The legend is never the whole story” breathlessly pants the Diana poster.

Hmmmm...

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All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)

AQOTWF posterWelcome to Cinematic Greens

#1 – All Quiet on the Western Front

Accolades:
1929-30 Academy Awards

Best Picture
Best Director

AFI 100 Years… 100 Movies (1998)
Ranked #54

Contemporary review:
(it should) be shown every year until the word War shall have been taken out of the dictionaries. – Variety, 1930


Electric Shadows rating:
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The lowdown: One of the most recognisable movie titles in history is also one of the best war films ever made. An impassioned plea for tolerance and an unflinching view of conflict at its most terrifying, its DNA is present in every war movie since, including Kubrick’s Paths of Glory, Stone’s Born on the Fourth of July and Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan...

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