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  • Zodiac

    Zodiac 2007

    ★★★★★ Added

    By all accounts David Fincher is an intense, methodical, borderline tyrannical director. But could a gentle, lovely, amiable guy make films like him? Who knows. I suppose we’ll never find out, and when the standard is this good, who really minds? Zodiac is a frightening mystery and famously unsolved. The film is suitably scary but in a foreboding kind of way, and fits the story well. Creepier than most horror and no catharsis. Like real life.

  • Boogie Nights

    Boogie Nights 1997

    ★★★★½ Added

    Paul Thomas Anderson is a great director and he works an ensemble cast better than almost anyone. Keep an eye on the directors that actors kill to work with. They’re onto something. This is his most mainstream film and that’s saying something, given it’s about the 1970s porn industry. It’s not a film you watch with your grandma (well, depending on your grandmother I guess) but it is a captivating dark tale. Burt Reynolds has distanced himself from the film…

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  • The Inbetweeners Movie

    The Inbetweeners Movie 2011

    ★★★★ Added 1

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I'm a massive fan of the TV series (my friends call me Will), so I was probably already going to love this no matter what, but not many TV series make the jump from small screen to big. The Inbetweeners makes it look easy though, creating a film that could easily have been just a overlong episode (which it sort of is still, but there's more plot and character development). I have slight problems with Simon's arc (He didn't deserve the girl, he should have grown up to realise he doesn't need a girl to obsess over, but whatever) but overall a strong film.

  • Love & Mercy

    Love & Mercy 2014

    ★★★★★ Added

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    A beautiful film about a troubled genius. Is there ever a well-adjusted genius? Probably not, it’s probably why they’re geniuses. Or maybe they’re just not dramatic enough to make films about.

    Brian Wilson was the brains and soul of The Beach Boys, a group of which I confess I only know the hits but enjoy all the same. Wilson struggled with touring and the celebrity of pop music in the 1960s, and was more at home in the studio. His…