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  • The Bling Ring 2013

    ★★ Watched 20 Aug, 2014

    Sofia Coppola's blend of ethereal nonchalance and cool ennui has worked brilliantly in her previous films but here it backfires. It starts off well mainly thanks to the gorgeous cinematography of Harris Savides, which makes you feel like being wrapped in cotton wool and smell of fresh bed linen, and the interesting burgeoning friendship between Rebecca and Mark (and another film would have gained from focusing on them).

    Sadly the film does not go anywhere and goes around in circles,…

  • RoboCop 2014

    ★½ Watched 19 Aug, 2014 4

    A hot mess of squandered good ideas and studio interferences. After an intriguing pre-credits scene, it's mostly dull and toothless, with a truly terrible and robotic performance from Joel Kinnaman (even before he gets into the robosuit!)

    Gary Oldman, Jennifer Ehle and Michael Keaton add a bit of spark and the last 20 minutes are kind of fun but is is such a shame that the director wasn't able to go through with his vision (as he has boldly and very publicly claimed before the film came out)

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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?…

  • The Raid 2 2014

    ★★½ Watched 15 Aug, 2014

    Despite its critical acclaim, some (not me!) felt that the first Raid's weakness was its script (or lack of!). But this is precisely what made it so radical and enjoyable, the director having such confidence in its film that he eschewed any kind of traditional narrative.

    Ironically, by increasing the scope and ambition of his world, Gareth Evans makes this sequel far less original. The story of corrupt cops and gangster underworld has been seen so many times before and,…