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  • The Hard Way

    The Hard Way 1991

    ★★★★ Watched 31 Jan, 2016

    So, that was quite a bit more entertaining than anticipated. Maybe a career high for Woods and Badham? Would also make a swell double bill with LAST ACTION HERO.

  • The Mechanic

    The Mechanic 1972

    ★★★½ Watched 30 Jan, 2016

    One of the great films to feature Charles Bronson's weathered, suspicious, fascinating face. Frequent collaborator Michael Winner floods the frame with Bronson's mug at all opportunities: it is a glorious thing.

    The film launches with a virtuoso sequence informed by Jean-Pierre Melville, particularly LE SAMOURAÏ, but you couldn't get further from Alain Delon than Charles Bronson.

    The plot is nothing too bracing. Although Winner and writer Lewis John Carlino get enthusiastic with subplotting and don't maintain the exquisite spareness of…

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  • Coherence

    Coherence 2013

    ★★ Watched 24 Aug, 2014

    There's something here as far as an intriguing concept, but Byrkit and his cast unfortunately don't lift it beyond the appearance of a theatre company interpreting the works of Shane Carruth, attempting to jazz things up with tight shots and unearned jump scenes. The slow-burn execution means we get a lot of "what's that??" exclamations in the dialogue/improvisation before things actually start getting interesting two-thirds of the way in.

  • The Last Bolshevik

    The Last Bolshevik 1993

    ★★★★½ Watched 23 Apr, 2015

    Marker grapples with and prods at notions of collectivism, the totalitarian artist, and ideological commitment in the Soviet Union, with director Aleksandr Medvedkin as his lens. Fascinated (and fascinating) without being hagiographical, and capable of grasping the sweep of history while never losing sight of the subject. An astonishing document.