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  • We Are the Best!

    We Are the Best! 2013

    Watched 25 Sep, 2016

    Boys ruin everything. Even good movies.

  • Tokyo Tribe

    Tokyo Tribe 2014

    Watched 16 Apr, 2016

    It would take booming sound system and an excitable crowd to drown out Tokyo Tribe's multitude of sins which I suppose is how it got by. It's often described and promoted as a hip hop musical but that's a bit like calling a pantomime a Shakespeare play. Hardly any of the performers could be reasonably described as competent rappers and I defy any of Tokyo Tribe's fans to recall a single beat from the film. That's to say nothing of…

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  • Birdman

    Birdman 2014

    Watched 10 Jan, 2015

    Birdman is so in your face that it makes a motif out of characters speaking directly to the camera. It's a manic, propulsive, eager little thing driven by a relentless drum score, a swooping camera and restless actors who talk as though they could burst into flames at any moment. It's populated by caricatures and filled with the kind of passionate nonsense that regularly fills columns exclaiming that Hollywood has run out of ideas, or that theater is a dying…

  • When Animals Dream

    When Animals Dream 2014

    Watched 08 Jan, 2015

    There's a long history of feminist werewolf stories and it's easy to see why: Aside from the terror of big, nasty dogs the horror of the werewolf lies in a loss of control over one's own body. When Animals Dream gets great of mileage out of this subtext. Before the protagonist, Marie, has even begun to wolf out she's subjected to an intrusive doctor's examination and the unwanted attentions of a local boy.

    By the time she's asserting pride in…