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  • Secret Sunshine 2007

    ★★★★½ Watched 28 Aug, 2014

    An absolutely sensational film from Lee Chang-dong and competing with Peppermint Candy to be my favourite of his.

    The core of the plot is about a widow (Jeon Do-yeon) and her son who move from Seoul to her late husband's small home town to start again. Song Kang-ho plays a local car mechanic who tries to help her out with various things like getting set up in town, sending customers her way, that sort of thing. Suddenly, her son goes…

  • Oasis 2002

    ★★★★½ Watched 27 Aug, 2014

    This was only the fourth film (of five) that I'd seen by Lee Chang-dong, but by the following day I had seen his entire output. It seems I am not alone in loving every single one. Four of those five are 4.5 star films, with the remaining one earning 4 stars. I cannot think of another director who has such an incredibly high hit-rate. Even Stanley Kubrick, my favourite director, managed to knock out a few average movies in his…

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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.

    BUT.

    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…