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  • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

    The Boy in the Striped Pajamas 2008

    ★★★ Watched 01 Dec, 2016

    I have real issues with John Boyne's source material, which I'm currently teaching to a group of Year 7s with my tongue firmly bitten, and this adaptation does nothing to alleviate them. Nevertheless, the performances are excellent across the board and director Mark Herman captures the innocence - or, perhaps, wilful blindness - of Bruno rather brilliantly. It's just a shame that, like the book, his film often manages to trivialise the sheer monstrousness of the régime and can't quite…

  • Dream Boy

    Dream Boy 2008

    ★★ Watched 03 Nov, 2016

    Typical twinky nonsense that is afraid to push any boundaries or treat its queer characters with any real respect, DREAM BOY is a hugely wasted opportunity. The central character endures all manner of abuse and humiliation and receives neither recompense nor retribution, while the supernatural element adds a twee superficiality to the proceedings that is seriously misjudged. Only the gorgeous cinematography and the performances of, and the brief but compelling chemistry between, the two leads provides any form of salvation in this bleak but infuriatingly apolitical exploration of a forbidden love.

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  • Carrie

    Carrie 1976

    ★★★★★ Watched 23 Oct, 2012 14

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    There are few things more awkward in this World than watching the opening credits of Carrie in the presence of your parents. Any teenage boy who has had to endure such a scenario will know just how uncomfortable it is. You just don’t know where to look! Worse still, if you’re in the boat that I was in when I first sat down to watch it, you’ve got the added dilemma of pretending that you’re enjoying it – but…

  • Taken 2

    Taken 2 2012

    ★★ Watched 05 Oct, 2012 4

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    Six Things I Learned from Taken 2:

    1. Randomly chucking grenades around in a crowded city is the best way of gauging someone’s location.
    2. American citizens are free to kill random, innocent police officers provided one of their mates has contacts at the American Embassy.
    3. Typing “US Embassy” into the GPS works every time.
    4. Slamming the gearstick of a taxi down will make it go faster.
    5. Albanians speak English in their own country but speak…