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  • Deliver Us from Evil 2014

    ★★ Watched 26 Oct, 2014

    In no way was I convinced. First, Eric Bana has never managed to completely win me over as an actor. Secondly, I think director Derrickson was on to something with Sinister, but here he fails to mix thriller with horror.

    By the way - did anyone else find Derrickson to be a megafan of Se7en? Not that there's anything wrong with that, Se7en is a brilliant film. But it shines through in each frame that it's the exterior of that…

  • The Purge: Anarchy 2014

    ★★ Watched 25 Oct, 2014

    This is the sequel that was promised us at the end of The Purge (2013). Well, I have some shocking news for you, the sequel isn't as good as the original. Actually, there were moments when this film felt as long as the actual 12 hour purge.

    In spite of a few weaknesses I rather liked the original. The concept hasn't changed of course, it's still the same purge, brought to you by our new founding fathers. There's however a…

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  • Full Metal Jacket 1987

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 23 Apr, 2012 14

    This film has always given me a deep sense of unease. This feeling particularly applies to the first part, which takes place at basic training. In fact, I feel that what the recruits are exposed to affect myself directly. The whole film deals with partial degradation of human dignity and the self, but the way Kubrick throws this in our faces already from the beginning grabs me every time.
    The haircut-sequence is an important part of this. As before a…

  • Seven Samurai 1954

    ★★★★★ Added 3

    Toho (the studio) had estimated that Seven Samurai was to be completed during the course of eleven weeks. Kurosawa had very different ambitions and extended production to last for a whole year. Of course he then ran out of money several times, and had to require additional funding from the studio. And Toho gave in every time. From then on, Kurosawa became known as Tenno. The Emperor.

    Minoru Chiaki, who plays Heihachi in the film, has told the following anecdote…