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  • The Guest

    The Guest 2014

    ★★ Watched 01 May, 2016

    Bewilderingly constructed and tiresomely referential, but a great '80s synth score, some rich colours and the expertly-exploited stiffness of the lead are intriguing at least.

  • United 93

    United 93 2006

    ★★★★ Rewatched 25 Apr, 2016

    I don't imagine many of us have watched United 93 more than a couple of times in the ten years since it debuted. Five years on from 9/11, it felt painfully raw and keenly sensitive, its depiction of the tragic events rendered with a wrenching immediacy borrowed from the handheld footage that had dominated the news coverage of events. 

    Reflections on the film's 10th anniversary, for The Film Experience.

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  • Liberal Arts

    Liberal Arts 2012

    ★½ Watched 24 Sep, 2012 3

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    This is the kind of wistful auburn drama that's so easy to watch, you feel harsh pointing out everything that's wrong with it. But it's so aware of being that kind of film, to the extent that the first piece of classical music that plays from Elizabeth Olsen's mixtape gift to Josh Radnor, soundtracking his journey back out of the rosy green backwoods of Ohio, is Beethoven's 'Pastoral' symphony. It's so deeply aware of itself that this mixtape becomes the…

  • Flesh for Frankenstein

    Flesh for Frankenstein 1973

    ★★★★ Watched 16 Mar, 2012

    To know death, Otto, you have to fuck life in the gall bladder!