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  • Straight Outta Compton

    Straight Outta Compton 2015

    ★★★ Watched 28 Aug, 2015

    Authorised to fuck; not only in terms of the excision of details that would make certain members of N.W.A. look fucking terrible, but in how it repeatedly highlights the amazing business acumen of Dr. Dre and Ice Cube (two of the film's producers) for leaving when they did. That business angle is fine up a point - I actually would have liked it if F. Gary Grey made a film expressly about N.W.A. working their way through a system/industry that…

  • Southpaw

    Southpaw 2015

    ★★ Watched 27 Jul, 2015

    'The Homer They Fall' remade with all the grace and ingenuity of... well, an Antoine Fuqua film.

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  • Whiplash

    Whiplash 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 17 Jan, 2015

    After growing weary of the relentless praise bestowed upon Whiplash since its Sundance premiere nearly a year ago, I entered the cinema with no small degree of scepticism; expecting, I suppose, a moderately curious but ultimately facile ‘little-indie-wot-could’ á la Birdman, another film that people wouldn't shut up about (and more power to them) before its belated release in Britain. But, fuck, this film had me in the palm of its hand and I’d be a fraud if I suggested…

  • Foxcatcher

    Foxcatcher 2014

    ★★★ Watched 10 Jan, 2015

    Out of all the conflicting films in here, I enjoyed the one about the depressed athlete the most. Especially when compared to reiteration of How America Is Bad and Other Stories it eventually turns into. But whatever, I'll take what I can get. I'm not, like, a monster or something.