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  • The Pact 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 17 Jul, 2014

    This was totally missold at the time as a run of the mill CGI heavy supernatural horror.

    Instead, I found it to be an understated and constantly surprising indie film, which is rather frightening in parts. It takes its times and does not rely on cheap scares, instead building up a nicely chilling atmosphere, which a couple of particularly striking scenes. I also like the way it relies on the audience's intelligence and does not spell out the plot.

    It's nowhere near as good but in its lo-fi suburban nightmarish vibe it reminded me of Absentia a little bit (even if the story is very different).

  • Wake in Fright 1971

    ★★★★ Watched 13 Jul, 2014

    Good lord. Like a sticky trap for humanity, the muggiest film I've ever seen.

    I was actually expecting a more OTT, Ozploitation film but this is a very impressive and terribly realistic depiction of the loss of humanity. Suitably slow-burning yet catching your attention from the start, it proves yet again how fascinating and underrated Australian cinema is, and its atmospheric and evocative depiction of isolation

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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?…

  • Pain & Gain 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 05 Jul, 2014

    Pain & Gain or The Wolf Of South Beach. Both films explore the flip side of the American dream, and follow characters (based on real people in both counts!) who feel that it is their God given right to succeed, by any means necessary.

    It has a certain revolt of the underclass vibe, and their frustration that that American dream which is sold to them is just a con. There are also several references to the "I deserve it" mantra which…