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  • On the Silver Globe 1988

    ★★½ Watched 17 Dec, 2014

    An oddity from Andrezj Zulawski that I had never heard of. On The Silver Globe starts off brilliantly with a gorgeous, laconic and genuinely strange and singular first hour that evokes the best of cerebral and evocative sci-fi. There are pleasant echoes of Zardoz, Dark Crystal and most recently Hard To Be A God and it feels like this film did it all before them.

    Sadly it all goes downhill in the next two hours when it descends into a caricature of Eastern European science-fiction with hysterical philosophical tirades, screaming, face pulling and general randomness that makes it feel like bad amateur experimental theatre.

  • Mama 2013

    ★★ Watched 17 Dec, 2014

    A few interesting ideas and some nice shots don't save Mama from the wretched over-familiarity that has plagued studio produced horrors over the last decade or so.

    Cheap jump scares and dire CGI pollute much of the running time, and any attempt to characterisation is quickly abandoned and there is barely any tension.

    I kind of would love a non-horror prequel with Jessica Chastain's character as a rocker though

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  • Love Actually 2003

    ½ Rewatched 30 Dec, 2013

    Letterboxd is going to be interesting as an external influence is making me watch films I truly do not want to. Such as this. Or in this case, rewatch it. Love. Actually has recently been comprehensively demolished, and rightly so.

    Does this deserve its reputation as the worst, most heinous film ever made? Are we being too harsh? Are us, UK based bloggers, too easily giving a pass to American rom-coms while being too severe on their home grown counterparts?…

  • Beasts of the Southern Wild 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 21 Nov, 2014

    I was expecting Sundance-y twee BS and I was wrong. This is a very moving and imaginative film, and above all singular, unlike anything I've seen.

    The score is beautiful, the imagery very evocative, and the two leads are incredible, especially considering they are not professional actors. There are a couple of scenes between them that had me fighting the tears yet it never felt manipulative or heavy-going.

    The director is a great new voice in the crowded world of US indie cinema, and while I feel like I am the last person to see this, I can only join the chorus of praise