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  • Rolling Thunder 1977

    ★★★★½ Watched 16 Dec, 2014

    'I wanna get my hands on those murdering bastards.'
    'That'll pass Cliff, everything passes.'


    Woah. I was not expecting that. Like an existential 'First Blood' that transcends 'revenge movie' into something far weightier through a brilliant script and lead performances.

    It predates and near-enough renders 'First Blood' worthless guff. And I [used to] love 'First Blood'.

  • Alien 1979

    ★★★★★ Rewatched 10 Dec, 2014

    At the BFI.

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  • Only Lovers Left Alive 2013

    ★★½ Watched 14 Mar, 2014 1

    Only Lovers Left Alive isn't nearly as hip as it thinks it is; the constant name-dropping is cringe-inducing as is much of the clunky dialogue. I did wonder if it was meant to be a comedy but it's just not very funny. The most interesting parts were seeing run-down Detroit by night but that just made me wish I was watching Requiem for Detroit again.

    Who'd have thought a movie by Jim Jarmusch about vampires with Tilda Swinton, heaps of dusty old vinyl, beautiful first edition books and vintage recording equipment could be so tedious?


    Disappointing.

  • The Man Without a Past 2002

    ★★★★ Watched 11 Dec, 2013 1

    "I wonder if this was a wise thing to do?"

    "God knows, but let them dance."


    I especially liked the Matti Pellonpää portrait.