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  • A Story of Children and Film 2013

    ★★★ Watched 29 Oct, 2014

    It sometimes feels a bit tenuous but it gets most of my half-stars for introducing me to some well cool shiz.

  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 28 Oct, 2014

    Seemingly an increasingly impressive franchise based on books I'm not really sure I now need to read. It helps that all the performances are on target, the casting apt, and the script only delicately tinged with requisite cliche. But most kudos goes to all who've helped create a vivid, surprising and almost believable dystopian world, neatly melding some sublime and ridiculous elements (subconscious Battle Royal rip off the who thing may be, but the Japanese never attempted to construct the world to any real degree). Lots of fun, moving, and looking forward to the next one.

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  • M 1931

    ★★★★★ Watched 07 Aug, 2012 2

    The whole film is excellent - some of the strange idiosyncrasies of the new talkie film era, such as overdubbing and silent outdoor scenes, work unusually in its favour even to a modern day audience. The set-up, children singing in the street about a murderer whose presence looms over them, is a masterclass, and its depiction of the whole town, suffering under this wicked spell, is something that has been emulated throughout film history. But the film is a standout…

  • Time of the Wolf 2003

    ★★★★ Watched 12 Aug, 2012

    Another review of this I read said (roughly) "about as much fun as you'd expect a Haneke post-apocalypse movie to be, i.e. no fucking fun at all" and I can't really put it better than that.