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  • Monsters: Dark Continent

    Monsters: Dark Continent 2015

    Watched 19 Mar, 2015

    This is like ordering a sweet and sour chicken from the local take-away. When it's delivered, however, you open up the nice packaging to find nothing more than a huge coiled turd in a box.

    This was definitely not what I ordered.

  • The Immigrant

    The Immigrant 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 08 Mar, 2015

    Returning once more to my Letterboxd watchlist, I was prompted to have a look at this richly shot project from James Gray. The Immigrant, starring Marion Cotillard reeks of quality in performances and excellent production design. Granted, this can't be accused of being a laugh a minute, but then this poor woman's story is not really very funny. When sisters Ewa (Cotillard) and Magda (Angela Sarafyan) are separated upon reaching the United States from Poland in 1921, Ewa is 'saved'…

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  • American Beauty

    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…

  • Chappie

    Chappie 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 06 Mar, 2015

    Well, where to begin? I don't normally rush out on opening day for anything, but as I hadn't been sent a copy to review, I took myself to my local cineplex this afternoon to take a gander at Neill Blomkamp's (District 9, Elysium) latest effort from the slums of Johannesburg. Like District 9, the setting for the film is mostly decrepit, but like his initial breakthrough success, this is counterpointed by hi-tech and science-based themes. District 9 had its alien…