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  • Young & Beautiful 2013

    ★★½ Watched 20 Oct, 2014

    With my expectations lowered I probably got more out of this than I expected.

    There is an almost Bunuel-esque quality to the film (and I don't just mean the connection to Belle de Jour), with its big fuck you to bo-ho hypocrisy and the slight surreal vibe.

    I like the idea of the portrayal of a young woman whose motives are not explained by cheap psychology, her own self-exploration and the way she takes control.

    But that it is also…

  • Spiders 2013

    ★½ Watched 19 Oct, 2014

    You may remember director Tibor Takacs who made a name for himself with family horror The Gate, before vanishing back into semi-obscurity.

    Spiders starts off promisingly, trying to keep a level of seriousness despite the silly premise, when too many creature films nowadays plays the so bad it's good card, and enjoying a decent budget for that sort of films. But it makes two annoying mistakes that often plague creature horrors.

    First of all it features the army too prominently,…

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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 Lone Ranger 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 26 Sep, 2014

    A film with a split personality disorder. At its heart, there is a dark, old-school western, in which Disney stupidly tried to shoe-horn some lame family friendly, franchise building elements.

    Johnny Depp starts off horribly with subpar, Jack Sparrow-esque grimacing but calms down as time goes by. Armie Hammer gives a much more restrained and satisfying performance.

    There are some particularly spectacular scenes, particularly the ending which reminded me of Buster Keaton's The General, and some beautiful shots of with a real scope and vision.