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  • The Punk Singer 2013

    ★★★ Watched 24 Jul, 2014

    The Punk Singer is a documentary portrait of singer, feminist and activist Kathleen Hanna. Back in the 1990s she formed the punk band Bikini Kill and pioneered the riot grrrl movement in response to the male dominated scene at the time. Through various band iterations, including the electroclash band Le Tigre, she continued to be a vocal and inspiring figure in music until she shied away from public life to illness.

    This debut feature from director, Sini Anderson, is an…

  • Battle of the Year 2013

    ★½ Watched 24 Jul, 2014 4

    Like every other dance movie Battle of the Year is practically unwatchable during everything but the dance sequences. Josh Holloway stars as a washed-up basketball coach who is hired to assemble an all-American dream team to compete in the world B-Boy championships. Can he unite a team of individuals in time for the big showdown? I’m on the edge of my seat.

    Directed by Benson Lee (his documentary Planet B-Boy was inspiration for this fictional film) it falls into all…

  • Amélie 2001

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 23 Jul, 2014 47

    My name is Adam Cook and I’m a hopeless romantic. I’ve tried to hide it and keep it a secret but the truth is that there’s nothing better than getting swept away in a romance and cinema is the best medium for capturing that intoxicating feeling. From the grand gesture of A Matter of Life and Death to the tentative delights of Before Sunrise, film has captured love in its many shapes and sizes.

    One of the finest love stories…

  • We're the Millers 2013

    ★★ Watched 22 Jul, 2014 5

    We’re the Millers continues the long and seemingly never-ending streak of underwhelming modern comedies. Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber (Dodgeball), this high concept comedy sees a pot dealer create a fake family in order to transport a large shipment across the Mexican border without detection. Hiring an unemployed stripper, street-smart runaway and idiot neighbour they set out on an RV trip to collect the stash.

    On paper the film had a fair bit going for it: The ridiculous premise had…

  • Bermuda Tentacles 2014

    Watched 22 Jul, 2014 9

    Bermuda Tentacles is the first new Syfy movie of the year and it’s brought together an eclectic all-star cast to battle yet another deep sea monster. A United States Navy fleet is dispatched to Bermuda when Air Force One mysteriously crashes during a storm. However, rescuing the President is the least of the fleet’s worries when they are confronted by a giant non-terrestrial sea monster.

    Directed by Nick Lyon (Annihilation Earth) this is a disappointing monster movie, even by The…

  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 21 Jul, 2014 25

    When Rise of the Planet of the Apes made its debut it did so with little expectation. After Tim Burton had destroyed almost all potential in the franchise it looked unlikely audiences would ever be interested in a world overrun by apes again. Yet via the stewardship of the relatively unknown Rupert Wyatt, Rise surprised everybody. This was not simply a mindless effects-driven blockbuster but a surprisingly touching character study about a chimpanzee and a scientist who would unknowingly change…

  • 47 Ronin 2013

    ★½ Watched 20 Jul, 2014 8

    The story of 47 Ronin, based on the true account of a band of noble ronin who avenged the unjust death of their former master, has become a national legend in Japan . It is a story that has been adapted by a number of great Japanese filmmakers with its themes of loyalty, honour and sacrifice resonating with audiences through the ages. Sadly, this Hollywood interpretation, made by first time filmmaker Carl Rinsch, does a great disservice to the men…

  • Sexy Killer: You'll Die for Her 2008

    ★★½ Watched 19 Jul, 2014

    Sexy Killer, a knowing Spanish comedy-horror from director Miguel Martí, is fun but incredibly uneven. Set on a university campus, a sexy yet psychotic killer (Macarena Gómez) murders her way through students and teachers with barely a need for a motive. When she begins to date a fellow student who is working on an experimental machine that can record images from the brain their worlds will collide in unexpected and bloody ways.

    The film is told in flashback with Gómez…

  • Trap for Cinderella 2013

    ★★ Watched 19 Jul, 2014 2

    I’m not quite sure why or when I added this film to my rental list but I’m rather regretting that I did. Trap for Cinderella, an adaptation of Sebastien Japrisot’s 1963 novel, is a preposterous thriller that piles on the twists whilst constantly destroying its already shaky credibility until it is impossible to remotely care about the story’s central mystery.

    The film’s plot feels like an uneasy mix between Single White Female and Diabolique as a young woman, suffering from…

  • Drinking Buddies 2013

    ★½ Watched 18 Jul, 2014 18

    This is only the second full Joe Swanberg film I’ve sat through and although I’ve not quite actively avoided his work I’ve made little effort to explore his filmography. The simple reason for this is that these type of films hold absolutely no appeal for me. I appreciate that they have their fans but I find it impossible to care about the stories or characters in these improv-heavy bores.

    Drinking Buddies has been billed as Swanberg’s break into more mainstream…

  • +1 2013

    ★★★ Watched 18 Jul, 2014 2

    Dennis Iliadis’ strange mash-up of a movie has been given the dreadful title, Shadow Walkers, in the UK making it sound like some awful ‘90s monster movie. It’s a shame it has been repackaged this way (the DVD cover is equally shocking) as it is now destined to remain languishing in the bargain bins at the local supermarket despite actually being a rather refreshing little genre film.

    It is still ultimately flawed, never quite doing justice to its sci-fi premise…

  • Daft Punk's Electroma 2006

    ★★ Watched 17 Jul, 2014

    Daft Punk’s Electroma, written and directed by the French electro duo, is an ambient sci-fi road movie about alienation and conformity. The film is a trip across the Californian desert as two robots (who look just like Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel De Homem-Christo’s alter-egos) want to become human. They drive for miles, arriving at a small desert town filled with identical looking robots before undergoing a procedure to look human via latex masks.

    I really like Daft Punk and absolutely…