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  • Now You See Me 2013

    ★★ Watched 30 Jul, 2014

    Shiny nonsense.

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 25 Jul, 2014

    Wes Anderson has a mixed canon in my opinion, ranging from the exquisitely surreal to the pointlessly surreal - often within the same film. This feels to me to be one of the better efforts, possibly because there are some very tangible dark elements scratching at the sheen, but probably because Ralph Fiennes approaches what will probably be the most fun role in his career with appropriate relish. I did spend significant proportions of the film distracted by trying to figure out the exact nature Anderson's self-imposed camera angle restrictions. I think I've figured it out, but this isn't the place...

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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.