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  • Goodbye Lenin! 2003

    ★★★★ Watched 22 Apr, 2014

    Alex (played by Daniel Brühl) lives in East Berlin. His father fled to the west whilst he was a child, following which his mother (played by Katrin Saß) became an extremely loyal member of the ruling Socialist Unity Party of Germany. Alex's mother has a severe heart attack and spends months in a coma, during which time the Berlin wall falls. When she begins to recover Alex decides that the medical advice that his mother must avoid shocks means that…

  • Not the Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy) 2010

    ★★★★½ Watched 22 Apr, 2014

    The Life of Brian is a very funny film, but I wasn't sure quite how it could be turned into opera. Well it was, and the only performance of the opera was filmed, and this marvellous film is the result. It's funny, it seems like surprisingly good opera and everyone involved seemed to thoroughly enjoy themselves.

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  • Django Unchained 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 08 Feb, 2013 10

    Dear Mr. Tarantino,
    I rather enjoyed your film, but that's because I had been warned that it was much too long, gratuitously violent, and that the n-word was used everywhere it could be and then some. The story was a great adventure, I was never going to drop off in the middle of it even though it would have been less flabby if you had trimmed ¾ of an hour off it. I'm not sure that your film is the…

  • The World's End 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 18 Apr, 2014

    It's difficult to like a film in which the main character is such an unlikeable fellow - Simon Pegg's Gary King is just awful. Gary wants his old (and reluctant) schoolfriends to revisit the town they all grew up in, to complete a pub crawl that they didn't manage as teenagers. He persuades them all, and they set off on an evening that starts badly, drags up old hurts, and then spectacularly changes into a night none of them expected…