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  • Lady Gaga and the Muppets Holiday Spectacular 2013

    ★★½ Watched 21 Dec, 2014

    Harmless fun for the holiday season and, even though the emphasis was perhaps more on Gaga's album than the actual festivities, I can imagine this still appeals to kids and Muppet fans as much as it does her 'little monsters'

    It's actually quite apt to see Lady Gaga with the Muppets as - and with no disrespect to her - with her hair framing her open, expressive wide features she actually looks like something Jim Henson might have knocked up!…

  • Rushmore 1998

    ★★★ Watched 20 Dec, 2014

    It was watching The Darjeeling Limited a few months back that made me realise I should catch up/rewatch some of Wes Anderson's films.

    Sadly Rushmore just doesn't do it for me.

    I don't know why. It's as offbeat as expected, beautifully directed with lovely detail right there in every frame and I especially loved the notion of the overambitious am-dram stage production of Serpico, but for some reason it just didn't connect with me the way Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic or The Grand Budapest Hotel did.

    Perhaps I just wasn't in the mood?

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  • Berberian Sound Studio 2012

    ★★★★½ Watched 03 Jan, 2013 10

    My word.

    What an amazing film.

    Firstly if you're a nerd for the aesthetics of film, you'll love it. The 70s setting, the Giallo references are all perfect that you don't think of it as a present day film set in the 70s, this could be a lost forgotten 70s film.

    Secondly, if you're a nerd for the mechanics of film, the technology, you'll REALLY love it.

    I belong in the former camp really but this film has really given…

  • A Field in England 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 08 Jul, 2013 23

    Oh Wheatley you weird mad fucker. You're just not happy unless your audience is completely and utterly bemused are you? Just when you give us something we can all grasp easily and find palatable (albeit dark of course) in Sightseers, you go and throw up this one.

    Imagine if Michael Reeves took an LSD trip when making The Witchfinder General. Think of Peter Watkins Culloden or Kevin Brownlow and Andrew Mollo's Winstanley on shrooms. Chuck in a liberal dose of…