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  • Grudge Match 2013

    Watched 30 Nov, 2014

    There's a heartbreaking moment in Jackie Brown where Sam Jackson turns to Robert DeNiro and says: "What the fuck happened to you, man? Your ass used to be beautiful!". And it's heartbreaking because I remember when DeNiro was Travis Bickle and Rupert Pupkin and Vito Corleone and Jack Walsh and, yes, Jake La Motta.

    And then the rot set in with The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle. From Fearless Leader inexorably sliding further down the spiral via dopey Fockers movies and…

  • Cub 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 16 Oct, 2014

    There's something in the woods! A grisly, inventive Flemish slasher that validates my lifelong antipathy to camping. Jonas Govaerts cites John Carpenter’s influence on the film’s visual grammar and narrative propulsion, and he also copped to the fact that he kind of wanted to answer the question Who Can Kill A Child? Lean, efficient and the exposition is sliced right down to the bone, Welp is a splattery joy.

    (from My Take on the 58th London Film Festival: straybullets.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/my-take-on-58th-london-film-festival.html )

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  • Due Date 2010

    ½ Watched 16 Jul, 2012

    The sheer fucking unwarranted hubris of Todd Phillips that he thought he could better (let alone equal) PLANES, TRAINS & AUTOMOBILES. I laughed a total of two times - both times because Downey Jr. pulled a facial expression that managed to rise above the pitiful slop of the script.

  • Jodorowsky's Dune 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 12 Oct, 2013

    Jodo recruits a crew of spiritual warriors (including Moebius, Giger and Chris Foss) to dream a film that will reverberate through the future of science-fiction cinema for almost forty years and counting. And it never even got made. Heartening, beautiful, funny and even occasionally awe-inspiring.