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  • Leviathan

    Leviathan 2014

    ★★★ Watched 23 Apr, 2016

    Life is hard. Then you die. Or lose your best friend to your wife. Or lose your wife to murder. Or lose your house to the inevitable corrupt local politician. You can't stand in the way or stop life delivering its blows; they just keep coming.

    Yep, another cheery Russian film. It does have some great central performances, particularly from Elena Lyadova as Lilya, the young wife, who sees her dream of escaping snatched away and Aleksey Serebryakov as her…

  • Couple in a Hole

    Couple in a Hole 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 09 Apr, 2016

    Written and directed by Tom Geens, Couple in a Hole stars Paull Higgins as John and Kate Dickie as Karen. We first meet them living in a dug out cave in the French Pyrenees, with John going out every day to forage and catch the occasional rabbit. A plane flies overhead, so we know we are not in a post-technology dystopia and when Karen is bitten by a spider, John has to go to the nearest town to get medicine,…

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  • A Field in England

    A Field in England 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 06 Jul, 2013

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

    Ben Wheatley's foray into a field in the Civil War draws you in from start to finish. Reece Sheersmith (Whitehead) is an alchemist, sent by his master to find a fellow alchemist & thief, O'Neill (Michael Smiley in top evil form). He is aided in his quest by three everyman soldiers whose ultimate aim is to go to the pub.

    I am a great fan of Wheatley's previous work and he has outdone himself with this. At times both beautiful and…

  • Carol

    Carol 2015

    ★★★★★ Watched 04 Jan, 2016 11

    Sublime. Beautiful. Mesmeric. And such perfect leads, both a mix of vulnerable and bravado. Also the costume, cinematography, direction - and the score! Wonderful. I also loved Haynes' focus on how the interactions between women are made to seem unimportant by the men in this film, almost trivial and yet the opposite is true. It's the small things that matter, like a smile across a crowded restaurant.