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  • White Reindeer 2013

    ★★½ Watched 22 Dec, 2014

    A real disappointment after the brilliant 'Vacation!' Zach Clark clearly wants to be this generation's John Waters but this one is weirdly muted whilst at the same time trying a bit too hard. Joe Swanberg is great though in a small role as a cheerful swinger.

  • Happy Christmas 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 21 Dec, 2014

    Not perfect, sure but the things that are good about this film are really, really good and the scenes with the three female protagonists discussing erotic fiction are priceless.

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  • 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 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.