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  • The Big Short

    The Big Short 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 02 Feb, 2016

    The content is fascinating, the performances very good and the film does a great job of making the financial crisis comprehensible. It's marred though by the most annoying faux-documentary camerawork I've ever seen. Approximately a third of the film is shot slightly out of focus because, y'know, documentary filmmakers can't pull focus.

  • Now You See Me

    Now You See Me 2013

    ★★½ Watched 30 Jan, 2016

    Now you give a shit...

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  • Prometheus

    Prometheus 2012

    ★★ Watched 01 Jun, 2012

    The marketing campaign, with its beautifully realised virals, didn't set a foot wrong but it turns out all the filmmakers' artistry was employed in getting us to buy a ticket with very little left over for the main event. It's not all dreadful - the initial set-up has a certain something, Fassbender is terrific fun as a fey robot and Noomi Rapace is a remarkably sturdy heroine given how little she has to work with. But there's no story here to speak of and the tension generated as a result is negligible. What a missed opportunity.

  • The Believers

    The Believers 1987

    ★½ Watched 04 Nov, 2012 15

    Director John Schlesinger slices the ham extra thick for this nonsensical, justly forgotten schlockfest about a Voodoo-ish religion taking over New York's cognoscenti. Written by Mark Frost, who went on to co-create Twin Peaks, and adapted from a novel called The Religion, you can imagine throughout the sort of turgid prose this began life as. Keen not to appear racist the film indiscriminately demonises all religions, various ethnic minorities, rich people, bleeding heart liberals, middle-aged single females and, most hilariously, milk.