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  • Adventure 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 06 Jul, 2014

    If I had an adman inside me, I'd kill him with fire, but had the brief moment he'd existed been right after I'd watched this film he might've come up with something along the lines of "(500) Days of Eurasian Summer" (you see why he has to die badly, right?).

    Adventure is a nice little tale of the night time odyssey our hero is brought out on by this mysterious woman he sees every night standing under a street light…

  • The Hit 1984

    ★★★★ Watched 27 Jul, 2014

    What's up with that poster? The Hit features a Terrence Stamp who has never looked better, and they go with the Spanish girl and Hurt? Not that Hurt is the wrong way to go, I guess, but the Criterion cover is 100 times better.

    On to the film, The Hit is a slow burning road trip, sort of, where Terrence Stamp gets caught up by his past as "a grass", after being effectively 10 years on the run. John Hurt…

  • It Happened One Night 1934

    ★★★★½ Watched 28 Jul, 2014

    The title must surely reference what happens when audiences fall in love with it, because the feelings of our two protagonists definitely take more time to evolve.
    Anyway, this was a magnificent film, that unfortunately stops just short of being a masterpiece when Colbert and Grant no longer are on the road and Capra tries to wrap it up in a satisfying manner, only partly succeeding.
    I had only seen Gable in an early pre-code and in Misfits so this…

  • The Expendables 3 2014

    ★★½ Watched 25 Jul, 2014

    Surely Kurt Russell will feature in nr4, right?
    Too much dialogue here, and way to little of the Stath and Terry Crews. The choice to add the youngsters must surely be a studio decision as it is an awful one and detracts from the series' purpose of making us all feel nostalgic about an era where killing baddies was fun and almost harmless. Some of the action set-pieces are decent, but still.................Kellan Lutz?
    Mel Gibson and Harrison Ford (you can never tell with Ford, as he's incapable of smiling, though) seem to enjoy their time, at least, I guess that's something.

  • They All Laughed 1981

    ★★★★½ Watched 22 Jul, 2014

    They All Laughed was New Hollywood's last hurrah, but at least they went out with a bang. A bang no one heard, it seems, but as I've now seen, it did actually happen.
    Peter Bogdanovich is someone I'm starting to familiarize myself with, and two films (Targets) in it's looking a lot like love.

    They All Laughed is a bit hard to define, not to mention review. There's a certain element of screwball shenanigans including Ritter's slapstick, there's some caper…

  • The Raid 2 2014

    ★★★★½ Watched 20 Jul, 2014

    The fact that so many had seen this before me, and I'd chanced a reading or two of the select reviews that pop up in my activity feed (rather vast array of ratings have occured as well), there was this lingering doubt in the back of my mind, that Gareth Evans had bit of more than he could chew this time, both when trying to flesh out what essentially was a non-existant plot in the previous, and by dragging the…

  • Chrysalis 2014

    ★★★½ Watched 22 Jul, 2014

    I was quite impressed by this little micro-budgeter (love that indie-horrors are having a great time of it these last couple of years) about the dystopian society left on Earth (our protagonists are in the US, of course) after a wide-spread terrorist attack involving, among other things, biological weapons that have lead to the zombie-fication of much of human civilization.

    In the beginning we're introduced to a couple fending for them selves in a derelict metropolitan area. Run-ins with "infected"…

  • Hour of the Gun 1967

    ★★★½ Watched 20 Jul, 2014 1

    Skimmed through James Garner's back catalogue to see if I could find something to watch today, in remembrance. Hour of the Gun seemed to suit the purpose, and had Robert Ryan in it as well. Little did I know, it was to be Jason Robards (fittingly placed in the center of the poster) that would walk away with it, as Doc Holiday.

    Earp, Holiday and the Clanton's are still at it at middle age, and the good guys are heavily…

  • The Palm Beach Story 1942

    ★★★★ Watched 21 Jul, 2014

    "That's one of the tragedies of this life - that the men who are most in need of a beating up are always enormous."

    Claudette Colbert is wonderful, and has inspired me to finally watch "It Happened One Night" this week. Thankfully so, as the rest of the cast can't hold a candle to her. McRea, though I'm a fan of his westerns, isn't really made for snappy comedy, and becomes even more wooden than usual. Mary Astor does her…

  • Locke 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 18 Jul, 2014

    Steven Knight had proven he could handle something out of the ordinary in his debut (The Stath in a film leaning more towards drama than action if you can believe it), and here he goes even further.
    Tom Hardy spending the entirety of the running time inside his car, driving from somewhere in Wales (accent confusion in abundance as Hardy's "Welsh" is a bit all over the place, and his family speaks "English") to a destination somewhere in the outskirts…

  • Life Itself 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 16 Jul, 2014 1

    This documentary manages to juggle all the right aspects of a life lived, from the early beginnings of an aspiring journalist, via the debauched years on the shadier side of Chicago's nightlife, through the love/hate relationship with Siskel and the family life he finally got to experience in his later years right up to the inevitable end.

    Steve James made a heartfelt film, with moving, funny, sad, educational and even though some participants don't come out the other side perhaps…

  • Black Coal, Thin Ice 2014

    ★★★★ Watched 12 Jul, 2014

    A detective refuses to let go of a case, long after it's become cold, to the extent he is forced to leave his job to get his final chance to uncover the truth about what happened when several dismembered bodies were found in coal plants around the country five years ago.

    At times, Black Coal is a bit incoherent, and some events that seemed pretty major to me are left unexplored further. Takes a que from Korean cinema and adds…