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  • Bolshoi Babylon

    Bolshoi Babylon 2015

    ★★★ Watched 07 Jan, 2016

    Full review on the Failed Critics Podcast

    In brief: After 40 minutes in, it felt like there wasn't much left for the film to cover. All of the intrigue is ushered into the opening half of the documentary, but can't sustain itself until the end. It's certainly an interesting story and the internal politics (with a lower-case 'p') of the world-famous Bolshoi are fascinating to learn about. I quite liked how the documentary takes a fly-on-the-wall approach to the story-telling,…

  • The Hateful Eight

    The Hateful Eight 2015

    ★★★½ Watched 06 Jan, 2016

    Full review on the Failed Critics Podcast

    In brief: Sure, it's not Tarantino's best movie to date. As one of the few people who seems to really rate Django Unchained very highly in his catalogue of superb movies, I wouldn't even go so far as to say that The Hateful Eight is his best western. But it has a glorious finale, some fantastic twists and turns throughout the plot, and of course it looked stunning.

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  • Crash

    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

    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…