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  • A Walk Among the Tombstones

    A Walk Among the Tombstones 2014

    ★★★ Watched 05 Jul, 2015

    Solid modernist pulp, basically. It's convoluted at points, but is stylish enough to push through that. Something of a letdown after the interesting take on the moralistic heist film in The Lookout, but A Walk once more sees Frank doing a competent job of remasking well-worn crime film elements.

  • Hollywood Burn

    Hollywood Burn 2006

    ★★★ Watched 02 Jul, 2015

    "The full film, viewable on Vimeo, opens with Soda_Jerk’s 2002 short The Dawn of Man, which sees Kubrick’s apes from the start of 2001: A Space Odyssey discover something decidedly different when that infamous bone is struck at the ground. In the world of this short, the apes discover beats, playing out LL Cool J’s “I Can’t Live Without My Radio”. What follows this opening is a delirious narrative set-up involving a group of ‘pirates’ (played by various film characters…

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  • Interstellar

    Interstellar 2014

    ★★½ Watched 28 Oct, 2014 6

    Almost instantly forgettable, Nolan's latest feature might contain some stunning visual sequences but they are squished between mountains of clunky exposition, underwritten characters and cringe-inducing dialogue.

    The film takes 45 minutes to actually get started, the Earth-set first act tethered to a very poorly explained future and weirdly simple plan to save it before we actually get into space. When that happens, we find ourselves at a recurring juxtaposition between some of the best visual depictions of deep space ever…

  • A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

    A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence 2014

    ★★½ Watched 07 Jun, 2015 6

    Big step down from You, The Living, Andersson's final installment in his 'Living' trilogy is so good in its opening 20 minutes and then slows until the very act of watching it is a trudge. For a film ostensibly about the tedium of life (thus distinguishing it from the earlier two films) it managed to successfully replicate said tedium with some uncharacteristically off timing and pace. If his lens is set on the futility and tedium of routine in life,…