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  • Sin City: A Dame to Kill For 2014

    ★★½ Watched 31 Aug, 2014

    Well, you can't deny that it looks good. It may not be all that different from the original visit to Basin City in feel and tone or theme, but you might well question if the stories and the characters are even the most important aspects of this kind of cinematic event, for that is what it is.

    Miller and Rodriguez share directorial responsibilities this time around yet come unstuck in the same way they did the first time, with such…

  • As Above, So Below 2014

    ★★½ Watched 01 Sep, 2014

    John Erick Dowdle and younger brother Drew appear to have a liking for confinement and escape. If you take a quick scan of their CVs, you can see the clues. Quarantine and it's sequel, Devil, this grubbing about in the underbelly of Paris and the upcoming Pierce Brosnan project, The Coup, all concentrate on these themes. Most of their characters are stricken, often innocent and desperate individuals, who are faced with what seem to be insurmountable odds at the worst…

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  • American Beauty 1999

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 29 Jul, 2012

    I was hooked by the time the opening narration from Lester Burnham was over. As the camera tracks down the street where Joe Anybody lives in the comfortable, safe, predictable burbs of white, middle class America, we learn that this is the last year of Lester's life and from beyond the grave, he is going to tell you what he's learnt about just what life should really be about. Too late for Lester, but not for us.

    American Beauty simply…

  • Arbitrage 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 16 Sep, 2012 3

    Why does a man that wants to sell his company for reasons that would suggest that he needs to spend more time with his family have to be handed the gifts for his grandchildren after a trip away by his butler when he returns home, having clearly not bought them himself?

    Perhaps he isn't the man he is purporting to be? Well this much becomes obvious in the first fifteen minutes.
    The man claiming to be dedicated to his family…