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  • Maniac

    Maniac 2012

    ★★½ Watched 12 Jul, 2015

    Shot from a 1st person POV, Franck Khalfoun's Maniac is a wannabe movie. Elijah Wood does his best with the character of Frank but the film's pretensions let it down. It wants to be something other than a kill the screaming woman slasher film, dumping poor little boy backstory on to Frank but it's just nasty and voyeuristic - boosted by the pov. There are snatches from other films, in the music and in the sets (and literally in the…

  • The Skeleton Twins

    The Skeleton Twins 2014

    ★★★ Watched 05 Jul, 2015

    Kirsten Wiig and Bill Hader are both engaging and watchable as the eponymous Skeleton twins, Maggie and Milo. Milo hasn't seen Maggie for ten years when they come into eachother's lives again when he tries to commit suicide. Maggie appears to have a happy life, husband career and trying for a baby but all is not well with her either. As they re-establish their relationship and Maggie teeters towards a crisis, their humour and history help see them both to the other side

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  • A Field in England

    A Field in England 2013

    ★★★★½ Watched 06 Jul, 2013

    This review reportedly contains 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…

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road 2015

    ★★★★ Watched 26 May, 2015

    A true film spectacle, satisfying every urge you had to know how an adapted road vehicle would perform when smashed continuously into another. Charlize Theron is truly wonderful as Furiosa, a great mix of ass-kicking and vulnerability and Nicholas Hoult adds another one-to-watch turn as Wannabe War Boy, Nux. Hardy as Max I am less sure about as his performance possibly takes monosyllabic one step too far and his accent is aussie-come-caveman. I digress though as this is Theron's film.…