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  • Pacific Rim 2013

    ★★ Watched 22 Mar, 2014

    There have been plenty of films that have been (at kindest) unnecessary to the world's continuing cultural development, but has there ever been such a grandiose waste of time and money as Pacific Rim? So utterly riddled with plot holes (why would these aliens give Earth such a useful timeframe to develop a resistance, why not just send them all at ones?), it relies on bright lights and flashing sequences to mask its paper thin raison d'être. That's nothing new…

  • Her 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 13 Feb, 2014

    I was reminded of Andrew Niccol's highly flawed film S1m0ne while watching this - both offering 'virtual' constructions of female perfection that bewitch their audiences. Jonze's film is more nuanced, more characterful and more discursive but I can't help but wish it had a touch of the ambition of S1m0ne - I'm sure there are budding screenwriters peppered around the world who could write this film just as elegantly a thousand times over, as well as this. Amusing, and lovely, but so unlikely as to make it slight.

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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.