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  • Absentia 2011

    ★★ Watched 28 Aug, 2014 3

    There is the kernel of a great horror film buried within Absentia but in its finished form I found Mike Flanagan’s Kickstarter-funded movie a frustrating experience. To its credit it does have a refreshing premise and as a film it is not easy to pin down (it’s part suburban supernatural horror and part psychological thriller) but the overall results are rather disappointing, particularly in its handling of its more horrific elements.

    Mike Flanagan (director of the well received Oculus) has…

  • The Kate Bush Story: Running Up That Hill 2014

    ★★½ Watched 28 Aug, 2014 17

    To celebrate Kate Bush’s first live performances in 35 years the BBC have produced an affectionate yet disappointingly slight documentary on her life and career. Featuring interviews with friends and famous fans Running Up That Hill is high on love but low on genuine insight. Naturally, given its subject matter this is still well worth a watch for fans but most of the interest comes from the performances rather than the fluff interviews.

    It is still interesting to see who…

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  • A Thousand Words 2012

    Watched 07 Dec, 2012 107

    A thousand words to describe A Thousand Words:

    Abhorrent, appalling, atrocious, awe-inspiring, awesomely bad, awful, bad, beastly, bollocks, contemptible, dangerous, desperate, dire, disastrous, disturbing, dread, dreaded, dreadful, extreme, fearful, feckless, frightful, fucked, fucked-up, frightening, ghastly, gruesome, harrowing, hateful, hideous, horrendous, horrible, horrid, horrifying, inconvenient, loathsome, monstrous, naff, nondescript, nonentity, obnoxious, odious, offensive, petrifying, poor, repulsive, revolting, rotten, serious, severe, shocking, shit, shitty, shitfest, shitstain, smelly, toss, unfortunate, unnerving, unpleasant, unwelcome, vile, wank, abject, abominable, bad, base, beggarly, cheap, crass, currish,…

  • Children of Men 2006

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 20 Mar, 2012 77

    Although highly regarded by many I'm still not convinced it is appreciated as much as it should be. For me this is one of the finest science fiction films of all time, perhaps not as influential as Metropolis, Blade Runner et al but every bit as brilliant.

    It manages to achieve what many sci-fi films do not, it manages to not only deliver a unique dystopic concept but also deliver a rich and moving emotional journey too. Too often genre…