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  • Interstellar

    Interstellar 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 07 Nov, 2014

    Entertaining while it lasts, but I felt afterwards I was thinking about plot holes and influences, rather than what the film had to say thematically. In fact I don’t think the film had much of anything to say, which is a shame, except the obvious warning on climate change. Luckily the sets and locations look great and the acting is solid, so even though I find Interstellar strangely empty, it was never boring, and a great spectacle on the big…

  • 1989

    1989 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 05 Nov, 2014

    New documentary about the events leading up to the fall of the Berlin wall. Released to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the historic event. The doc is praiseworthy for its groundbreaking reconstructed footage of late 80s politics. The doc humanizes both the politicians and the family we follow, they are fleshed out quite well, so you care about them. Unfortunately we don’t really get into the mindset of why they want to escape from DDR, which could have been…

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  • Videodrome

    Videodrome 1983

    ★★★★½ Watched 21 Sep, 2012

    Could be David Cronenberg's most important, visionary, and ambitious work. A cult film that is disturbing and visually grotesque, so not for the faint of heart.
    Thought-provoking, not least because the film is a window into the future: Freely available information, avatar names, the limits of satisfaction and entertainment, the effects on your surroundings and on the mind of watching violence, sex or torture, and whether entertainment is at the expense of something more worthwhile. Does viewing kill our brain…

  • The Deep Blue Sea

    The Deep Blue Sea 2011

    ★★★½ Watched 28 Sep, 2012

    Not to be confused with Deep Blue Sea (1999)! Based on a theatre play. The look of the film is old school. British drama that takes place around 1950. The performances are good: Rachel Weisz, Tom Hiddleston, etc. Small production, big on emotions. The characters are suddenly in love, or suddenly we hear they are married, but we don't know why, there is no build-up or warning. This is a stylistic choice it would seem. To reveal more would spoil…