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  • The Revenant

    The Revenant 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 21 Jan, 2016

    An entertaining and harsh adventure story. Set in the 1820s. Very ambitious production, the crew and actors spent an extended period in the freezing cold, fighting the elements. Oscar baity production values and performances. Not so daring in terms of substance. The way the Indians are portrayed is stereotypical, the injustice of the land taken from them. We only get to know the main characters on a surface level, how they deal with the outdoor conditions. Sydney Pollack’s western Jeremiah…

  • 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…

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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…