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  • Always For Pleasure 1978

    ★★★★ Watched 18 Apr, 2014

    I almost wish this went for 3 more hours. A loving portrayal of an America that is at peace and always celebrating. I'm so used to seeing films that either stigmatise or idolise America, so it's refreshing to see a filmmaker who finds the love and filters it's essence on film.

  • Hot Pepper 1973

    ★★★ Watched 18 Apr, 2014

    Less cohesive than the other Blank films I've seen, but it's hard not to be totally involved in most of this. Les Blank is on my wavelength.

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  • The Hunger Games 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 18 Nov, 2013

    I wish I had seen this when it came out so I could have read the plethora of think pieces that I remember seeing and never actually giving a glance.

    Rarely does a film with an intended mass audience in mind tackle such provocative and complex ideas. Addressed within are issues such as the governmental usage of ideology to exert control over its people, the influence of mass media, class issues (and divides), the nature of opposing political action and…

  • American Hustle 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 10 Dec, 2013

    David O. Russell's previous two films have been modern operettas sung in Jersey slang. Moving his drama into domestic spaces of intimate yet explosive proportions Russell seems able to make mountains out of molehills, mostly due to the stellar performances he brings out and his command of capturing the chaos of his characters scenarios.

    With American Hustle he branches out into a more exploratory and energetic camera style as he glides and manoeuvres in and out of rooms and up…