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  • Ida 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 16 Dec, 2014

    Ida grew up amongst nuns, becoming orphaned during WWII, and just as her professing of the vows is coming up, the mother superior sends her to her aunt to find out if a nun is who she wants to be for the rest of her life. Together, Ida and her aunt go on a road trip to find out what excactly happened to Ida's Jewish parents.

    I'll give this the benefit of the doubt, and overlook a few weaknesses in…

  • Gone Girl 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 14 Dec, 2014

    It's very difficult to talk, ahem write, about this film without going into specifics.
    As my rating is lower than most, I still feel I have to justify it somewhat.
    If only for my own benefit.

    It doesn't start out on a very high footing, with the meet-cute, but soon enough the story takes a delightful and sprawling turn for the better. Both in the present and through Pike's voice-over, the elaborate stabs at a matrimony from hell plays out.…

  • Wetlands 2013

    ★★★½ Watched 10 Dec, 2014

    I went several rounds with myself before deciding on actually seeing this, as the word was this gave body horror a whole new meaning.

    It's actually a really cute film, with a kickass soundtrack, a breakout performance from Carla Juri and lots of humour.
    Sure, I had to look away a couple of times, or at least squint like a mad man, but it's far from as filthy as I had pictured it. One "escapade" near the end had me…

  • The Hard Way 1979

    ★★★½ Watched 14 Dec, 2014

    Have I mentioned my love for the 70s?
    The decade is an everlasting source for entertaining, interesting, unique films, in all shapes and genres.

    The Hard Way pits Pat McGoohan against Lee Van Cleef in the Irish countryside. One is a fed-up hitman, the other a mid level handler. And even if the premise of forcing the seasoned veteran into just one more gig is a tried, tested and even tired one, the scenery, performances and final stand-off is more…

  • Nightcrawler 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 13 Dec, 2014

    "- I like to say that, if you see me, you're having the worst day of your life."

    It took a while to fully immerse itself into Lou's disturbed outlook, and for a while Rene Russo's vision of how to present the news was above on the dispicable scale. As the two merge though, after 20 minutes of highly intense cinema at the end, Nightcrawler's message hits home. And it's a thoroughly rotten one.

    From the off, you get this…

  • Blastfighter 1984

    ★★★½ Watched 03 Dec, 2014

    Blastfighter is NOT quite as much fun as the poster makes out, even if everything you see there actually happens, but it is far from dull. Except some father/daughter bonding in the middle, which was down right excrutiating.

    The lead is workman-like, but he doesn't have to act to do his job satisfyingly here. He just has to sport his mustache in a manly manner and shoot the bad guys. And occasionaly say something hair-raisingly stupid.

    You'll struggle to find a better First Blood/Deliverance mash-up.

  • 20,000 Days on Earth 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 05 Dec, 2014

    I'm more of a respectful occasional listener, than a fan of Nick Cave. He's always been a sort of enigma out there on the edges of my musical tastes. I might even appreciate his writing more than his voice, to be completely honest. There is no doubt that he is a masterful writer.

    As far as 20,000 Days on Earth (I thought that would amount to much more than 50-something years...) and its ability to creep under his skin, we…

  • Day of Anger 1967

    ★★★ Watched 07 Dec, 2014

    How can Lee van Cleef only be in his early 40s here? Was he actually born an old man? This makes his passing in his early 60s more expected as his physical age was 110 at that time.

    Day of Anger boasts a poster that lures you in expecting non-stop action and gun fights. It has some, but nowhere near enough. Giuliano Gemma is incapable of leading a film as well, so that doesn't help. His "anger" never comes into…

  • Reservation Road 2007

    ★★★ Watched 09 Dec, 2014

    How can a film about such a heartbreaking subject matter and with such a great cast be this dull?
    It doesn't help much that Ruffalo and Phoenix phone it in for the most part and are easily outshone by Jennifer Connely's supporting role.

    Coming across it on a TV channel late at night I did wonder how I'd not heard of this before considering the cast and a rather talented director as well. About two hours later that mystery revealed itself in all its lack of glory.

  • Predestination 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 25 Nov, 2014 1

    Just left to its own devices of little hints and clues here and there, this would be an experience I'd cherish for a long time.
    Unfortunately, the makers do not trust its audience to the extent that they are capable of piecing together the mystery on their own. It's really not terribly hard, and therefore it is doubly disappointing to get to the end and receive that "fuck you" all tied up in a nice little bow.

    The plot lends…

  • The Station Agent 2003

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 21 Nov, 2014 4

    Thomas McCarthy wrote and directed what surely must be one of the all time debuts, about a motley crew of strangers that bond in an unusually tranquil way.
    Loved it when it came out, loved it even more on rewatch.
    Bobby Cannavale, Patricia Clarkson and most of all Peter Dinklage shine and bring that little extra to an otherwise very fine film, set in rural New Jersey. Of course, few things warm my heart more than a quiet story of…

  • The Guest 2014

    ★★★ Watched 21 Nov, 2014 3

    Is Adam Wingard capable of realising a thoroughly great film? I think so, even with overwhelming evidence to the contrary. I will continue to seek out his output, but the days of getting excited are, for now at least, gone.
    The Guest in question is admirably brought to fruition by new acquaintance Dan Stevens. A bone chilling psychopath manipulating his way into the life of a grieving family, for reasons unknown, and never revealed. I can live with walking away…