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  • Leave the World Behind 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 20 Apr, 2014

    Like John Travolta, I got chills and they're multiplying. This was not the sight of Olivia Newton-John in shiny black spandex that made the hairs stand up on the back of my neck, but the concert footage from 'One Last Tour' from Swedish House Mafia, of which this is a documentary feature, directed by Christian Larson, teaming up with the band again after their collaboration on Take One, another documentary about the band, released in 2010, and a handful of…

  • Magic Magic 2013

    ★★½ Watched 07 Apr, 2014

    Juno Temple could never be accused of choosing easy roles. The St Trinian from somewhat humble, inauspicious beginnings has developed as an actor by diversifying wildly by genre and tone. From a creative family (mother producer, father director) it comes as no great surprise that she has ended up pulling faces for money as a chosen profession.

    Even at the tender age of twenty-five, she already has an enviable CV of roles, such as the aformentioned St Trinians, The Dark…

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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…

  • Django Unchained 2012

    ★★★★★ Watched 08 Jan, 2013

    At some point, and I'm not sure exactly where, Tarantino lost his cool. It was hard to spot because it wasn't for long, but by the time Basterds came along after Deathproof had been and gone, it was a blessed relief, if not an actual proper return to form. Christoph Waltz was a gem of a find there and here too, Tarantino wisely utilises him as fully as he should.

    A revenge/rescue tale told in the way only Tarantino really…