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  • The Great Beauty 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 16 Apr, 2014

    An Italian film and winner of best foreign film at the Oscars recently - much to some bafflement considering everyone thought the excellent The Hunt, starring Mads Mikkelsen, was going to win it. It's directed by Paolo Sorrentino (This Must Be The Place) and stars Toni Servillo (who was in a few other Sorrentino films, but also in Gamorrah but I have no recollection of him in that) as a retired writer/artist called Jep who wanders around Rome. And... that's…

  • Peacock 2010

    ★★★ Watched 23 Mar, 2014

    The eagerly anticipated first feature film written and directed by Michael Lander, following his award winning short film Solid Waste, seems to have taken an age to be released on DVD in the UK. The main question should be: was it worth the wait? I'd like to answer that as simply as possible, but I believe it's a film that deserves a rather more sophisticated answer than "yes" or "no".

    Firstly, what Peacock is, is a taut suspenseful drama in…

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  • Crash 2004

    Watched 16 Dec, 2012 46

    Wow what a revelation. Apparently black people can be racist of white people, white people can be racist of black people, black people can be racist of black people, black people can be racist of hispanic people, white people can be racist of middle-eastern people, middle eastern people can be racist of hispanic people, hispanic people are nice, white people can't be racist of white people.


    Those same black people can be nice to white people, those white people…

  • First Blood 1982

    ★★★★ Watched 15 May, 2012 5

    I kind of thought it would be a mindless action film where Sly goes around killing the bad guys in the jungle with his machine gun and that's about it. Like Predator, I guess, just without the Predator.

    I was wrong. It's excellent. I found it very entertaining, and also quite sad. Sure, Rambo is this bad-ass, super elite soldier who can kill a man practically by looking at him with his wonky face, but I never realised there was…