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  • The Drop 2014

    ★★★ Watched 17 Sep, 2014

    What an odd film. Coming out of this I couldn't really explain how I felt about it. It's a slow burn, low-level gangster film, which somehow feels fresh despite having all the usual [gangster film] players.
    Hardy and Gandolfini are very good, and I particularly admired the understated intensity which Hardy brought to the character.
    The story takes some interesting turns & I was engaged throughout, but the end left me a little cold.
    It's a shame more care wasn't given to Rapace's character - I'm sure there are women out there like that, but I found it very hard to believe her motivations & actions.

  • They Came Together 2014

    ★★½ Watched 25 Sep, 2014

    The first 15 mins of this film were extremely funny. They managed to poke fun at the romcom genre while still being amusing & entertaining themselves. Unfortunately as the film went on, making fun of the genre became more important than having an actual entertaining story and it lost its spark. There was also a weird mix of crass & R-rated humour which didn't really sit well. It was like it was just thrown in at the last minute when they released…

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  • Cloverfield 2008

    ★★★★ Watched 22 Jan, 2012

    Had I known how truly BAD-ASS this film was, I would have made an effort to see it at the cinema. Wow, what a heart-pounding ride. The thing about this monster movie is it feels real. The shitty handheld camera, the irrational decisions, the sheer terror felt by the characters. If there was ever an Alien invasion I would imagine it would occur something like this. Less is definitely more when it comes to showing what is attacking. A quick…

  • Shame 2011

    ★★★★½ Watched 19 Jan, 2012

    Shame is a cold look at the impact of addiction on a person's life. The film is beautifully shot and masterfully edited. The colour palate of winter New York really adds to the cool feeling.

    While some may find this film to be shallow and unfeeling, I believe that is how you are supposed to feel. Addiction takes over peoples lives and leaves them hollow, without any purpose except getting the next fix and easing the pain.

    Absolutely astounding acting…