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  • Sound City 2013

    ★★½ Watched 02 Jul, 2014

    The first hour is good.

    Then there's a bit with Dave Grohl jamming with Paul McCartney. Three of my least favourite things combined on screen. In terms of triple blows it's up there with Ben Elton making a musical about Queen.

    The last third is both smug AND crap.

  • Sound It Out 2011

    ★★★★ Watched 29 Jun, 2014

    As much as I love records and record shops the documentaries I've seen about them have tended to be either a little too earnest or focussed on the grander mechanics of the music industry. Not so with this documentary which focuses on the characters that run the record shop Sound It Out and the customers that shop there. Once I realised I wasn't watching an extended Vic and Bob sketch I was soon won over by the eccentric regulars and plight of the shop. It's all heart.

    Plus I think I've got a new favourite band (Idiot Savant).

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  • 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.

  • Under the Skin 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 14 Mar, 2014

    Jonathan Glazer takes a tired old sci-fi premise and creates a striking and wholly original piece of cinema that I've barely been able to stop thinking about since I drifted numbly (!) out of the cinema on Friday night. The more I think about it the more I like it. It's unsettling and incredibly beautiful, thought-provoking and often challenging with an astonishingly good soundtrack. Why can't there be more films like this?