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  • Cinderella

    Cinderella 2015

    ★★½ Added

    This film was so saccharine my entire mouth has tooth ache.


  • Clouds of Sils Maria

    Clouds of Sils Maria 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 03 Oct, 2015

    "No, you're over simplifying it"

    What this film is not is simple, instead we have a complex and ambiguous portrait of several women, the old verses the new, the classical verses the modern, the tamed verses the wild. The play-within-a-play structure allows these shifting personalities, attitudes and desires to play out with delicious moving back and forward between characters, all against a backdrop of beautiful interiors or the awe-inspiring cloud formations of the titular mountains of Sils Maria.

    I'm left not knowing what to think, and I like that, many films are not quite brave enough to leave things so open-ended and unsure.

  • Kingsman: The Secret Service

    Kingsman: The Secret Service 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 09 Sep, 2015

    Ahh it was going so well: fun, upbeat, violent spy spoofing genre stuff, then one cheap misogynist joke at the end and it leaves a sour taste. The rest is so well subverted or celebrated (the gadgets! the training! the clothes!) - the old tired approach to women as the 'sex as reward' trope was one that could have been happily left behind.

    The suits were impeccable.

  • Jupiter Ascending

    Jupiter Ascending 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 29 Aug, 2015

    Possibly the silliest film I've watched in 2015.

    I loved it.

    There's more inventiveness here than in most big action thrillers. The nods to Brazil were nice and the humour worked for me. The story line is bonkers of course (the bees, oh the bees...) but there's enough of a swipe at Capitalism to give it some credibility.

    I was expecting a completely mad, ridiculously overblown sci-fi escapade and that's exactly what I got.

  • The Outsiders

    The Outsiders 1983

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 23 Aug, 2015

    "Stay gold Ponyboy"

    This film captures all the youth, angst and exuberance of S.E. Hinton's brilliant novel. As sensitive as it is tough.

  • The One I Love

    The One I Love 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 23 Aug, 2015

    Not at all what I was expecting (a small scale drama like My Sister's Sister) - instead I got a much more interesting film, about what you're willing to sacrifice for the one you love, how much you're willing to change for another person, what betrayals you can except, the consequences of lying and spying on a spouse and what happens when we are confronted with better versions of ourselves.

    The genre shifts comfortably from dramedy, to thriller with surrealist touches.

  • Iris

    Iris 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 15 Aug, 2015

    Portrait of an amazing woman.

    "I'd rather be happy than well dressed."

  • The Breakfast Club

    The Breakfast Club 1985

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 16 Aug, 2015

    So that's what a perfect film looks like.

  • Happy Christmas

    Happy Christmas 2014

    ★★½ Added

    I don't even know why I just watched a Christmas film in August.

  • Inside Out

    Inside Out 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 19 Jul, 2015

    Will literally give you all the feels, but mostly joy with a smidge of sadness.

  • The Guest

    The Guest 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 13 Jul, 2015

    Fun, schlocky horror/thriller. David is so well played by Dan Stevens that I was still took in by his charm even as his actions got pretty bad... Great soundtrack too.

  • A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

    A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night 2014

    ★★★★ Added

    Deliciously hypnotic horror.