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  • Noah 2014

    ★★ Watched 19 Sep, 2014 2

    Darren Aronofsky continues to be a hit and miss filmmaker for me. The director can be undeniably brilliant (REQUIEM FOR A DREAM, THE WRESTLER, BLACK SWAN) yet he is also fallible in his propensity to deliver ambitious but overwhelmingly pretentious twaddle (THE FOUNTAIN).

    Alas, his highly anticipated biblical epic NOAH is firmly in the latter category in my opinion. Like THE FOUNTAIN, this grandiose tale has laudable intentions towards visual and thematic heights but is too often mired in misguided…

  • Tracks 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 18 Sep, 2014

    I'll admit up front that the premise of TRACKS - woman walks across the Australian outback - didn't instantly appeal. Perhaps derivative to my mind of other 'inspired by true events' type films like 127 HOURS or say INTO THE WILD: both films I liked a great deal when I actually saw them but didn't spontaneously spring to the top of my 'must-see' list.

    True to form, TRACKS is every bit as good as those films and I'd even throw…

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  • A Field in England 2013

    ★★ Watched 05 Jul, 2013 8

    First real disappointment from Director Ben Wheatley for me. The film felt incredibly restricted by its low-budget, single location setting, failing utterly to create an authentic period atmosphere. In fact, it took an awfully long time for me to dispel a sense that this was some sort of comedy sketch or amateur art film shot by a bunch of mates in historical reenactment clothing.

    Amy Jump's script delivered a few funny lines but felt incredibly wordy without saying virtually anything…

  • Lifeforce 1985

    ★★★★ Watched 17 Sep, 2014 5

    Cannon Film's LIFEFORCE is the sort of incredulously incredible, totally bonkers slice of absurd 80s genre trash that would've set the playground alight back in my school days: gratuitous lingering on pneumatic naked lady, exploding bodies, decimated English capital, cheesy but cool special-effects, gore, questionable acting, laughable OTT dialogue, outlandish SF premise torn from the pages of pulpy novel and adapted by 'Alien' scribe Dan O' Bannon, helmed by Tobe Hooper of THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE infamy, yep, this…