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  • Looper

    Looper 2012

    ★★★★½ Watched 13 Mar, 2013

    Okay, I have been meaning to see this for a while. Holy shit in a shindig, this delivers the goods.

    Great story, great acting, a number of ways in which the film could go which therefore enabled the viewer to be wrong-footed at times and a lovely way of sidelining the need to explain time travel.

    I loved that there were some lo-fi props (cars fitted with solar panels) alongside more hi-tech stuff. I also loved that when it was…

  • Detention

    Detention 2011

    ★★★½ Rewatched 10 Mar, 2013 1

    Saw this at FrightFest in the UK a couple of years ago and enjoyed its hip stylings but found I couldn't remember much about it after the fact.

    Saw someone had rewatched it on here which reminded me to do the same. Was looking for something to watch on Lovefilm through Xbox and noted it was now available and my partner had not seen it.

    I think originally I gave this a 4/5 and have dropped it slightly now due…

  • Searching for Sugar Man

    Searching for Sugar Man 2012

    ★★★½ Rewatched 09 Mar, 2013

    Dropped this half a star due to it suffering on rewatch. The music is still fantastic but the putting together of the "mystery" wore thin this time around.

    The Making Of had some interesting moments and the director is very charismatic. So it was good to see that, but that shouldn't I crease the score of the film itself.

    This rewatch has occurred after seeing Rodriguez live in Brighton last year, so I guess I value that gig much higher than the film although without the film I would never have seen him live.

    I own both of his albums now.

  • Stoker

    Stoker 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 06 Mar, 2013

    Just for the technical brilliance, this film gets a four.

    The script is wonderful, without any need to pander to the idea that audiences are essentially dumb and have to have things signposted. That deserves a four also.

    The acting is rich, understated and even the bit parts bring colour and menace to the screen. This is a four fer sure.

    The way the violence is enacted must surely be why it got an 18, because menace wouldn't push it…

  • Tatsumi

    Tatsumi 2011

    ★★★★½ Watched 03 Mar, 2013

    I bought A Drifting Life because I am a cheapskate and thought it excellent value for money. I also bought it because I love autobiographical comics. An excellent manga book, running across hundreds of pages, that I highly recommend.

    Tatsumi is such a wonderful recreation of his work, covering 5 dark tales from around 30 years ago, interspersed with moments from A Drifting Life.

    It really needs to be seen to be understood and for its place in manga history…

  • House

    House 1977

    ★★★½ Watched 20 Feb, 2013 2

    Bonkers in the nutty nutkin!

    After hearing about this some time ago, I finally put this nearer the top of my LoveFilm account.

    There is really nothing that can give you a true comparison for it. I am glad I saw it, I wouldn't watch it again but it has a lot you can take away from it.

    I guess the charming way of describing it is a Curio. I would love someone to fill in the blanks for Japanese…

  • Lawless

    Lawless 2012

    ★★★★ Watched 16 Feb, 2013

    A solid film. Not one I would watch again, but the performances were excellent, Pearce's character abhorrent and the sheer force of the story takes you through at speed.

    I thoroughly enjoyed the infamous haircuts and enjoy the part that myth played in this story.

  • The Bourne Ultimatum

    The Bourne Ultimatum 2007

    ★★★★ Watched 06 Feb, 2013 1

    I am not sure why this film got such a grilling on release. I thoroughly enjoyed rewatching it. I know my partner found the weird visual styling a of the wavy lines near the end distracting, but she said it was not a problem on the small screen (42 inch).

    It still had the visceral fight scenes, authentic car crashes in real time and spooking around of the other two. I particularly enjoyed when one of the operatives tell Strathairn that Bourne drove off the roof!

    A fitting finish to the Bourne story (I won't watch the Renner film).

  • Polisse

    Polisse 2011

    ★★½ Watched 31 Jan, 2013

    When I started watching this film it was such a disappointment. It seemed so pedestrian, so unremarkable; a film I had heard good things about...

    Then at the halfway mark, a woman turns up with her son, in what was the most harrowing scene in the film for me; truly upsetting and it didn't relate to child abuse, quite the opposite.

    That is not to say that child abuse is not harrowing. But the way it is covered in the…

  • Elite Squad

    Elite Squad 2007

    ★★★★½ Watched 29 Jan, 2013 3

    Trust LoveFilm to make the sequel available on Xbox before they gave access to the original.

    Finally get to see what happened before and it is just as tense a film with some great narration and insights into the corruption of the force in Rio.

    Don't know how close this fictional account is to the real thing but it was very believable. Funny watching it back-to-front, knowing what will happen to the characters later.

    My partners asked out loud when…

  • The Sweeney

    The Sweeney 2012

    ★★★ Watched 28 Jan, 2013

    Total bollocks. But a guilt pleasure of enjoyable bollocks at that. I wouldn't watch it again but I didn't feel like I had wasted my life watching it.

  • The Ice Harvest

    The Ice Harvest 2005

    Watched 16 Jan, 2013

    Oh man, my neighbour suggested this to watch or another film (a war flick). This one had a higher rating on IMDB, of 6.2/10.

    I said to him I would give it 4/10 as the end credits rolled. he wouldn't even give it that.

    It had no interest, no life to it, the actors were sleeping through it, it was highly predictable. It was just dull pure and simple. In fact, I am amending my score to a 1. I…