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  • Man of Steel

    Man of Steel 2013

    ★★ Watched 24 Oct, 2015

    This film is a good example of why throwing budget at a film does not make a good film. It's flabby (too long by about 45 minutes in my view), has odd pacing, hugely expensive action sequences that I felt I have already seen in many other films, and a kind of humourless, emotional blankness throughout.

    Henry Cavill does a decent job, but the script/plot is so dire that there's little he can do to save the film. Similarly, Amy…

  • A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

    A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night 2014

    ★★★★★ Watched 17 Oct, 2015

    This is an incredibly atmospheric, quirky, scary, and funny film. Sometimes all at once. It's certainly not your typical vampire film.

    The 'Girl' of the title is a vampire. One of the many wonderful, ambiguous parts of the film is that you're never quite sure what to make of her. Just when you think she's a kind of twisted Robin Hood character, giving bad people the comeuppance they so richly deserve, she does something that overturns that idea. Even so,…

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  • The Secret of Kells

    The Secret of Kells 2009

    ★★★★★ Watched 26 Nov, 2011

    Along with Grave of the Fireflies, I think this has to be the most beautiful animated film I've seen. I was entranced and stunned by the sheer style of it the whole way through. The story is based around the creation of the Book of Kells - an illuminated Gospel produced around 800 AD, but weaves in elements of Celtic mythology. The hero - a young monk called Brendan - lives in the monastery of Kells, where his Uncle is…

  • Venus

    Venus 2006

    ★★★½ Watched 12 Nov, 2011

    A blackly-comic film centred around three elderly actors, and the infatuation that Maurice (played by Peter O'Toole) develops for a young woman.

    It's such a treat to see a film focussing on older characters, and with such incredible actors, it becomes a privilege. For example, there are some wonderful scenes in which O'Toole, Leslie Phillips and Richard Griffiths sit in a cafe and chat. It's touching, funny, at times gloriously foul-mouthed, and I could watch an entire film in which…