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  • Seven Samurai 1954

    ★★★★★ Watched 13 Apr, 2014

    Shamefully my first watch of this classic - my review:

  • The Raid 2 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 12 Apr, 2014

    I was so excited to see this after loving the first film and salivating over the trailers and mounting buzz surrounding its sequel. Whilst many have been craving the films leading up to the next Avengers instalment or discovering what's next for Spiderman or the X-Men, I've only had one sequel on my mind over the last year or two. Luckily it didn't disappoint.

    As a full film 'package' if you will, it's not quite as perfectly formed as The…

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  • PTU 2003

    ★★★½ Watched 28 Jun, 2012

    Bizarrely, given my penchant for Asian genre films, this was the first Johnnie To film I've got around to seeing. It wasn't exactly what I was expecting, but I quite enjoyed it. Keeping plot to a minimum, the film focuses on style and dark humour to achieve its desired effect. Visually it's stunning and I loved the minimal sound design (although the music was a bit naff sometimes). Its quirky, vaguely surreal moments drew me in too. Unfortunately, with such…

  • Rush 2013

    ★★ Watched 22 Sep, 2013

    I'm baffled as to all the good press this has been receiving. I found it painfully ham-fisted, filled with groan-inducing 'symbolism' and over-the-top hand-holding for the audience. The race scenes, although shot nicely and containing some incredible sound design, weren't particularly exciting either. Most of the races didn't run on long enough to thrill and the finale blows its load, ending with a whimper. The whole thing is just a cheesy TV style drama (albeit a nicely shot one) with no subtlety or respect to its audience.