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  • Lucy 2014

    ★★ Watched 23 Aug, 2014

    Nothing to do with the actual film, but I'd like to take this opportunity to describe the screening conditions in which I saw Lucy. It was the midday matinée performance at the Odeon Holloway Road. Including myself, there were nine persons in attendance, though two arrived 30 mins into the film, and two walked out 30 mins before it ended. I was sat opposite the aisle from an older couple, the male wearing a battered and, quite possibly, soiled Trilby…

  • Beetlejuice 1988

    ★★★★½ Watched 31 Aug, 2014

    This may need a little more thinking over, but I'm pretty sure there's an argument to be made that Tim Burton is a nihilist. Or if not Burton himself, then his films have nihilistic qualities. I think there was a time when I couldn't abide the feeling that his films were meaningless style exercises, ornate balls of designer comicbook fluff that were all text and no subtext, but having rewatched a few recently I'm convinced that a self-conscious suppression of…