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  • Fight Club

    Fight Club 1999

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 22 Feb, 2012 1

    The first time, Fight Club is a kick to the guts.

    Each time after that, it's an intellectual exercise, an "I see what you did there". One of the few films that holds up to that repeated viewing experience whilst still being engrossing.

  • Alien

    Alien 1979

    ★★★½ Watched 02 Feb, 2012

    The opening section of Alien reminded me a lot of a Gothic murder mystery - slow moving, rolling fog over silhouetted hills, unfriendly (usually silent) locals, and some dark secret lingering beyond the knowledge of the main characters.

    Even past that point of discovery, it becomes something similar to an old-fashioned locked-room mystery, except that instead of trying to find out WHO is the murderer, we're trying to find out WHERE they are.

    Maybe that's why it holds up so…

  • Melancholia

    Melancholia 2011

    ★½ Watched 07 Feb, 2012

    "This isn't fun any more", Charlotte Gainsbourg whispers. 'No, it's not', I think. It hasn't been for a long time. I'm waiting - no, hoping! - for the destruction of our planet and with it these bizarrely fragile characters.

    Melancholia has some powerful metaphors, I'll admit that much.

    Ever had a panic attack? Crushing weight on your chest, breath hard to come by, a dense feeling of horror, certainty that something terrible is about to happen, no matter how much…

  • In the Mood for Love

    In the Mood for Love 2000

    ★★★★ Watched 27 Sep, 2015

    Three very rambling thoughts:

    "It is a restless moment. She has kept her head lowered... to give him a chance to come closer. But he could not, for lack of courage. She turns and walks away."

    Oh boy. As a 24-year-old veteran of repeated unrequited love, this hit me so hard. I love this as a counterpoint to Hollywood romance where the guy gets the girl every time. In real life, there are so many more moments like this,…

  • The Intouchables

    The Intouchables 2011

    ★★★★½ Watched 21 Oct, 2012

    I'm not the kind of person laughs out loud much - I show my appreciation for humour with a smile. This film made me genuinely laugh out loud for almost its entire duration. Beautiful, beautiful film.

  • X2: X-Men United

    X2: X-Men United 2003

    ★★★ Watched 19 Feb, 2012

    A little late to the party. Seems super cheesy. Maybe I need to be really drunk to find Wolverine as sexy as I once did?

  • The Wrestler

    The Wrestler 2008

    ★★★★½ Watched 02 Mar, 2012

    One of the reasons why I love (and hate) Aronofsky's films is because he makes me desperately hope for a character who I know is only destined for some tragic demise.

    The Wrestler's Randy is one big washed-up ball of tragedy - steroids and mobile homes and supermarket hair bleach. He's seen his high water mark come and go and now wallows in the memory of what once was. Every now and then you see his sad eyes and you…

  • M

    M 1931

    ★★ Watched 30 Sep, 2015

    Proto-procedural; has hella procedure.

  • When Harry Met Sally...

    When Harry Met Sally... 1989

    ★★★½ Watched 05 Nov, 2012

    When Harry Met Sally is one of those cult classics that people curl up with on a sick-day, or after a breakup, and say it makes them feel all warm and fuzzy, and like there's someone out there for them after all.

    Actually, I had the opposite response. Because it doesn't really happen like this, does it? Take out the 'I've realised I'm in love and I'm running to tell you so in a maybe creepy but maybe romantic way'…

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 2009

    ★★★★ Watched 21 Feb, 2012

    This Mikael has zero sexual chemistry. Lisbeth isn't *weird* enough. The pacing is really odd.

    I still liked it.

  • Love & Other Drugs

    Love & Other Drugs 2010

    ★★★ Watched 05 Mar, 2012

    Not unenjoyable, but probably the best comparison I have is to a mash-up - it's like the director filmed a goofy romcom, and then intercut it with footage from a melodramatic 'dying girl' tragedy (not that, you know, Anne Hathaway's character is dying, but still). It feels bizarrely inconsistent, and you're never really sure how to react.

  • Empire Records

    Empire Records 1995

    Watched 14 Mar, 2016

    This might be the most 90s thing that ever 90sed.