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  • Chasing Mavericks 2012

    ★½ Watched 19 Apr, 2014 4

    I don’t doubt Jay Moriarity’s short-lived story is an inspiring one but I’d question whether Chasing Mavericks was a fitting tribute to the young surfer who died at the age of 22. Directed by Curtis Hanson and Michael Apted (the latter taking over the last few weeks of the shoot due to health issues) this true-life story is as stale as the many platitudinous life lessons that fill it.

    Jay Moriarity, a young surfer searching for a father-figure, enlists the…

  • Noiseman Sound Insect 1997

    ★★★ Watched 19 Apr, 2014 2

    Noiseman Sound Insect is a kinetic and psychedelic oddity that ditches a coherent story in favour of bombarding the audience with strange brightly-coloured imagery. Directed by Kôji Morimoto, a filmmaker responsible for both Magnetic Rose and the best installment of The Animatrix (Beyond), this is a bizarre yet exhilarating animated short that doesn’t make a lick of sense.

    There is a plot buried beneath the trippy and frenetic pictures but it is so superfluous to the experience that it really…

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  • A Thousand Words 2012

    Watched 07 Dec, 2012 102

    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 74

    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…