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  • The Gift

    The Gift 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 30 May, 2016

    Smart and affecting thriller-of-sorts that loves to wrongfoot and play fast and loose with the concept of hero and villain. Recommended!

  • St. Vincent

    St. Vincent 2014

    ★★★ Watched 29 May, 2016

    If this was the first film of its like I had watched, I might be more kindly inclined. But it's hard to feel that this is more than the sum of its differently-accented, poverty-tinged parts. Bill Murray is never less than watchable (and nobody disgraces themselves here) but his presence does make you think that it was written for Murray to play an accentuated agglomeration of his many film cranks. No cause to be unrelentingly negative anyway; this was pleasant and touching, but no new ground excavated in what is fast becoming a tiring and twee genre.

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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.