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  • Kingsman: The Secret Service

    Kingsman: The Secret Service 2015

    ★★ Watched 12 Jun, 2015 26

    Who wouldn't want to see Colin Firth raise hell in a bar à la James Bond? Ok, so it was in some weird looking slo-mo (or fast-forward?) that seemed like rotoscoping or something, but still, it is Colin Firth given'er against the bad guys! That's 2 stars worth.

    And the rest? Oh my.

    I never thought I would say this sentence in my life, but The Cat drove me nuts (The Cat being Samuel L Jackson, of course). His affected…

  • Showrunners

    Showrunners 2014

    ★★★ Watched 14 Apr, 2015 2

    What he said.

    Jonathan lost the coin toss and had to review this one for the both of us.

  • Billy's Balloon

    Billy's Balloon 1998

    ★★★★½ Watched 16 Apr, 2015 9

    That's my sense of funny right there.

    Watch it here (on youtube).

  • Life Itself

    Life Itself 2014

    ★★ Watched 13 Apr, 2015 23

    If I were to watch a documentary about Humphrey Bogart I would expect it to tell me about the man behind the actor, how he came to be famous and how he lived with his fame. I would expect stories about how he got this or that part, how he got along (or not) with this or that director, and how he lived as a man. I would not expect, nor would I appreciate, a documentary about Humphrey Bogart that…

  • The Chaser

    The Chaser 2008

    ★★ Watched 10 Apr, 2015 5

    It isn't often that I get to say a South Korean thriller disappointed me, but this one did. It truly is a strange bird. It looked like it wanted to be light, with all the silly cops making mistakes and the lead character's being the big gentle hearted bully with the little girl, but all of that didn't work for some reason. I think it might have to do with the way the main character was written: the bad guy…

  • All the President's Men

    All the President's Men 1976

    ★★★★★ Watched 08 Apr, 2015 6

    Not two minutes out of our theatre Jonathan goes on about how they brought down a US President because he had something to do with electronically spying on his adversaries.

    Today they spy on every single person in the country (and beyond I'm sure).

    Shit that's depressing.

  • Interstellar

    Interstellar 2014

    ★★ Rewatched 07 Apr, 2015 55

    Includes some spoilers (if that is possible with this film)

    I could never figure out time and relativity and anything that isn't just linear, so when the characters were on a planet where every hour spent there was worth a decade in time back home my head was spinning a little.

    As the film went on, though, it clicked. I understood it for the first time. Thanks Nolan. It felt like 8 hours but actually took 4 hours to watch…

  • Take Care

    Take Care 2014

    ★★★½ Rewatched 06 Apr, 2015 2

    I'm going to compare this to what I assume Sex in the City was like. I've never seen an entire episode of that show. I tried, just to see what the fuss was about but I could never go beyond 10 minutes without tearing my hair out. Much of the delivery in Take Care is what I remember about Sex in the City and yet I quite liked the film. Go figure.

    Maybe it is due to the content of…

  • Vengeance

    Vengeance 2009

    ★★★★ Watched 27 Mar, 2015

    30 countries challenge - film 21 - Hong Kong

    I'm discovering Johnny To and lovin' it.

    When he's being all stylized, man, can he do it. I don't think Vengeance is as great as Exiled, but if I'm being honest I don't think anything will beat that one.

    In this one, though, you gotta love the references to Le Samourai, with Costello, a former hit-man from France who comes to avenge the death of his daughter's family. I loved how…

  • Insomnia

    Insomnia 1997

    ★★★ Watched 16 Mar, 2015 1

    This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    30 countries challenge - film 13 - Norway

    Insomnia is a decent but forgettable thriller. Stellan Skarsgård is brilliant as a cop who can't sleep because of the northern climate's permanent daylight. As the film goes on he plays it perfectly. You can see the lack of sleep not just in his physical presence but his mental one as well.

    ***** MAJOR SPOILERS ******

    Something quite substantial bothered me about the plot.
    When the murderer claims he say Skarsgård shoot…

  • Calvary

    Calvary 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 21 Mar, 2015

    30 countries challenge - film 17 - Ireland

    It is a touchy subject, isn't it?
    What the word evokes today is exponentially different than what it did just one generation ago.
    To think it used to be a source of pride to have one in the family.
    Of course it took more than bad apples to bring about the fall.
    An entire generation prides itself on being atheist or at least agnostic, although I'm not sure many know…

  • Berberian Sound Studio

    Berberian Sound Studio 2012

    ★★★½ Watched 26 Mar, 2015

    30 countries challenge - film 20 - UK

    What an odd film.
    It was fascinating to see the work being done by the sound mixer invited to Italy to make a horror film that is most definitely "not a horror film - but a Santini film".

    I'm sure this is a tribute to all sorts of Italian horror films I know nothing about, and that didn't take anything away from the film. It made me wish I knew more about…