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  • 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 )

  • When Animals Dream 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 16 Oct, 2014

    Like a Danish Ginger Snaps shot through with the staid, sterile provincial ambiance and tempo of Les Revenants. Confidently paced for most of its running time, its easy to forgive a final act that accelerates into bloody, full-throated genre conventions. It’s also worth singling out Lars Mikkelsen as the star player here, shouldering the weighty responsibility of devotion, sacrifice and dark secrets with quiet stoicism. A smart and genuinely quite moving take on love and lycanthropy.

    (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.