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  • The Hours 2002

    ★★ Watched 25 Sep, 2014

    Grindingly morose.

    With three story strands there's insufficient time with any of the leads to really understand their characters or motivations properly.

    Delighted Nicole Kidman's massive prosthetic hooter received an Oscar though.

  • 20,000 Days on Earth 2014

    ★★★ Watched 17 Sep, 2014

    It's not a documentary as such. It's sort of but not quite a character study. So what is 20,000 Days on Earth?

    During the running time there's about half an hour of truly great footage, ranging from an eel-based lunch with hirsute Bad Seed Warren Ellis through all-to-brief car rides with Kylie Minogue, ex-band mate Blixa Bargeld and Ray Winstone (the Winstone conversation being the best and funniest of the three) to some excellent rehearsal and recording footage.

    But ultimately…

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  • Bloodsport 1988

    ★★★★ Rewatched 27 Jan, 2012 4

    Depending on which of the two types of martial arts movie plot you prefer (fighting your way through a tournament to avenge the death/injury of your friend/relative or learning a new martial arts technique from an old master to avenge the death/injury of your friend/relative) then either this or Kickboxer is Van Damme's best film. Although he should have won two best actor Oscars for Double Impact, obviously.

  • Dawn of the Dead 2004

    ★★★½ Watched 13 Apr, 2012

    I have a dog. He loves going for walks - it's his favourite thing to do. So if I ever find myself on a lovely country stroll without the dog, I feel guilt and shame. That guilt and shame is the same as I felt when I enjoyed the Dawn of the Dead remake. OH GOD I'M SORRY GEORGE.