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  • Calvary 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 17 Nov, 2014 1

    Between this and Philomena, I'm now convinced that there is no better way to explore the issue of the abuses of the Catholic church than through jet black comedy.

  • We Are the Best! 2013

    ★★½ Watched 14 Nov, 2014

    Theis being Lukas Moodysson I was expecting the three girls to get co-opted into a child sex ring at any moment, but the film remained unremittingly cheerful from credits to credits. I've nothing against that but it was all rather unconvincing - the young actors had charisma, but there is always a risk that when you go for semi-scripted realism, it ends up looking stilted. That happened too often here, despite it being sweet and having a gloriously unsentimental ending.

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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.