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  • Anomalisa

    Anomalisa 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 05 Dec, 2016

    I did enjoy it, but I can't help but wish they pushed the boat out a bit with the opportunities that the animation presented. Mainly, it made we wonder what Eternal Sunshine would have been like animated.

  • We Need to Talk About Kevin

    We Need to Talk About Kevin 2011

    ★★★½ Watched 02 Dec, 2016

    One of those that suffers if you've read the book. Every exchange in the printed version, every sigh, every contemplation, is so rich and abstracted and involving; Ramsey's conversion makes perfect sense, but there was no way that the richness of the discussion could ever have been translated to screen with the depth I wanted. At least, it wasn't here. So we're left with performances, which are hard to fault, and a soundtrack which isn't afraid to be Brechtian. A lot to appreciate, but in comparison, a bit pantomimey.

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  • M

    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

    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.